Stephanie Hsu of “Everything Everywhere All at Once” will perform her film’s Oscar-nominated song “This is a Life” at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.
Talking Heads founder and lead singer David Byrne will join Hsu, 32, during the performance of the song, along with experimental band Son Lux. Japanese American singer-songwriter Mitski lent her voice for the song during the end credits of “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
Ryan Lott of Son Lux collaborated with Byrne on writing the lyrics for “This is a Life,” while Mitski, Byrne and Lott all worked on the song’s musical composition. Byrne had previously won an Oscar for Best Original Score for Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor” in 1988, which he shared with composers Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cong Su.
“This is a Life” is nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song, and other nominees include “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR,” “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman,” “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick.”
Hsu, who is nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, is no stranger to stage performances, having originated the Broadway musical roles of Karen the Computer in “The SpongeBob Musical” in 2017 and Christine Canigula in “Be More Chill” in 2019.
Hsu is slated to reunite with co-stars Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan in the upcoming Disney Plus series “American Born Chinese.” She will be starring in Adele Lim’s directorial debut, “Joy Ride,” with “Shortcomings” actor Sherry Cola, “Emily in Paris” star Ashley Park and comedian Sabrina Wu. She will also appear in Rian Johnson’s upcoming TV series “Poker Face” and David Leitch’s upcoming film “The Fall Guy” opposite Ryan Gosling.
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is nominated for 11 Oscar awards in total, including Best Picture. The hit A24 film has swept this year’s awards season by storm, racking up several nominations and wins at the SAG Awards, the Dorian Awards, the Critics Choice Awards, the BAFTAs, the Golden Globes and the Independent Spirit Awards, among others.