The 2020 Oscars took an odd turn Sunday (Feb. 9) evening when Hamilton/A Star Is Born actor Anthony Ramos appeared to introduce… an introduction by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who set up a montage of iconic moments where Hollywood and radio hits have shared the screen over the years.
The video roundup wrapped with a bit of Eminem’s Oscar-winning Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile, after which Marshall Mathers himself took the Dolby Theatre stage for a surprise appearance to perform that smash 2002 hit -- which nabbed the 2003 Academy Award for best original song, becoming the first hip-hop song to do so -- for the first time on the Oscars stage.
It was an unannounced performance few saw coming, and you could see the surprise on the star-studded crowd’s faces -- as well as their delight, with many dancing along (although Idina Menzel looked rather confused at the entire thing). Notably, the audio cut out for a few moments -- it’s uncertain whether the Academy censored Rabbit or if Slim was experiencing audio issues.