Straight from "an idea that's time has come files" arrives this: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is throwing its very first Oscar music concert.
Did you just pause, scratch your head, and wonder if you didn't go to something like that back in 2007? We're here to assure you that you did not. When the Academy puts "first-ever" next to something, it isn't blowing air out of one of those prized winner-holding envelopes.
The concert will be staged in grand and appropriately momentous fashion at Royce Hall on Thursday, Feb. 27.
On the set list? All of the score and song nominees from the 86th annual Academy Awards. Yep, you'll hear them on the television, on Sunday, March 2, but, yep, this is a broadcast, meaning things have to move along at a goodly clip.
But sitting inside Royce Hall? You'll experience the sounds of modern cinema in a full-instrumented, beautiful-voiced setting. An 80-piece orchestra will be in the house, by the by.
Jill Scott, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and Robert Lopez, along with "various artists," will perform the nominated songs, which include "Let It Go" from "Frozen" and "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2."
"The Book Thief" and "Gravity" are on the score nominated list.
If this is the portion of the Oscars that always zips by too quickly for you, here's your make-good, and three days ahead of the big show. Pure accoladed music, in an elegant hall, presented in a non-rushy, get-inside-the-notes kind of way.
Academy, this is a new tradition, right? And who says the Oscars are only ever adhere to tradition? Not us, nor anyone taking in this "first-ever" Oscar music concert.