Darlene Love didn't need the Oscar orchestra
The awards season this year has seen it's fair share of awkward acceptance speech moments, most notably Jacqueline Bisset's questionably boozy speech and Diane Keaton's singing in honor of Woody Allen at the 2014 Golden Globes earlier this year. Well, another speech just joined the list. This time, it was some seriously awkward singing from a professional backup singer at the 2014 Oscars.
Famous backup singer Darlene Love took the Oscar stage to accept the Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film she starred in, 20 Feet from Stardom. The documentary chronicled the lives of backup singers from the 50s and 60s and celebrated their often unseen talent, which is usually overlooked by listeners—until now. Darlene Love made sure she got the chance to finally take center stage when she began to sing "His Eye On The Sparrow" mid-speech.
What seemed like a split-second moment of sing-talking turned into a full-blown Gospel performance for at least a solid minute. While Love's musical pipes were undeniable, the sudden spurt was certainly awkward.
But, Bill Murray didn't think so. As soon as Love finished up her spontaneous performance, Murray jumped to his feet to applaud the musical siren's impromptu performance. This gesture started a definite trend—all of the sudden, the rest of the audience hopped out of their chairs to clap for the unexpected concert. At least the Oscar orchestra didn't need to play Love off the stage—she did the honor herself.