The Academy announced today that the legendary performer Bette Midler will perform at the ceremony, despite not having any really obvious reason to do so. Let's make some guesses—and suggestions—as to what she could sing.
The In Memoriam Segment
In all likelihood, this is what we're going to get from Bette, since, in a statement, Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan said: "We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening." Anyone heard of a little song called "Wind Beneath My Wings?"
Or perhaps she sings "One for My Baby," like she did on Johnny Carson's last show.
A 20 Feet From Stardom Tribute
Midler does appear in one of this year's nominees, the fabulous documentary about backup singers, 20 Feet From Stardom. Perhaps she is coming to the ceremony to honor the women featured in that film. She did introduce Darlene Love at Love's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction. They performed "He's a Rebel" together, and it was awesome.
The degree to which a reprise of something like this at the Oscars would be awesome almost guarantees it won't happen.
A Completely Unnecessary Number Dedicated to One of her Movies
Last year, Meron and Zadan's Oscars had Catherine Zeta-Jones lip syncing her way through "All That Jazz" for no real reason. (Okay, there was a tribute to recent movie musicals, but whatever.) Maybe Bette is coming to relive some of her earlier glory. Maybe we'll get "Oh Industry" from Beaches.
Or, if we're just going to throw amazing ideas out into the universe and see if anything comes of them, maybe an appeal to the BuzzFeed demographic with "I Put A Spell On You" from Hocus Pocus.