Williams conducted an 80-piece orchestra performing his score from "The Book Thief," while Scott put her own spin on the Pharrell ditty "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2" at Thursday's first-ever Oscar Concert at
The show featured each of this year's nominated composers leading an orchestra of professional studio musicians, as well as performances of each original song vying for the Academy Award.
"What's fantastic about an evening like this is we can understand completely that these movies we see wouldn't be what they are and couldn't be made without the service of a great orchestra," said Williams, who with 49 nods is the second most nominated person behind
The concert, hosted by rapper-actor Common and featuring an appearance by Oscar-winning songwriter
Pallett recalled that the nimble score from filmmaker Spike Jonze's futuristic love story "Her" was originally intended to be more dark and mechanical.
"Originally, the movie was set 30 years in the future, and then he brought it back to 15 years in the future, so we had to take the 'Blade Runner' score out and make it a bit more contemporary," said Pallett.
For her rendition of "Happy," Scott was joined not only by the orchestra but also the young girl Redbirds dance troupe from the
The other song performers included "The Voice" contestant
"I am not
Menzel, as well as each of the other nominated song performers, including Karen O and U2, will be on hand during Sunday's ceremony to showcase their original song selections on the live broadcast.
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