Oscars 2020: Eminem's Surprise Performance Sparked A Mixed Reaction From The Crowd

Oscars bosses had a surprise up their sleeve on Sunday night, when Eminem rocked up in the middle of the show for an impromptu performance.

Yes, despite not having been on the list of performers announced prior to this year’s Academy Awards, the chart-topping rapper made a sudden appearance during the ceremony, much to the shock of viewers at home and, apparently, everyone in the audience.

After a video montage of past hit songs from films was played, Eminem appeared on stage to perform a live rendition of his signature track Lose Yourself, taken from the film 8 Mile.

It’s safe to say the surprise performance garnered quite a range of reactions from the celebrities in the audience, some of whom were up on their feet or rapping along, while others looked utterly bemused by the whole thing...

Lose Yourself earned Eminem the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2002, although the rapper actually declined to attend the ceremony to collect the award at the time, and given it’s also not any noteworthy anniversary of his win, we’re still a little confused as to why he was there in the first place.

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Eminem surprise-released his 11th studio album, Music To Be Murdered By, last month, topping the album chart on both sides of the Atlantic.

Other big-name performers at this year’s Oscars included Janelle Monáe, who opened the show with a tribute to the big films of the last 12 months, and Billie Eilish, whose cover of The Beatles’ Yesterday accompanied the “in memoriam” montage.

Check out all the red carpet pictures from this year’s Oscars in the gallery below...

Renée Zellweger

Nominated: Best Actress

Florence Pugh

Nominated: Best Supporting Actress

Margot Robbie

Nominated: Best Supporting Actress

Billie Eilish

Performer

Cynthia Erivo

Nominated: Best Actress and Best Original Song

Saoirse Ronan

Nominated: Best Actress

Olivia Colman

Presenter

Brad Pitt

Nominated: Best Supporting Actor

Regina King

Presenter

Billy Porter

Pre-show presenter

Charlize Theron

Nominated: Best Actress

Sandra Oh

Presenter

Timothée Chalamet

Presenter

Laura Dern

Nominated: Best Supporting Actress

Sigourney Weaver

Presenter

Rebel Wilson

Presenter

Natalie Portman

Presenter

Joaquin Phoenix

Nominated: Best Actor

Scarlett Johansson

Nominated: Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig

Nominated: Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay

Chrissy Metz

Performer

Aurora

Performer

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino

Nominated: Best Supporting Actor

Beanie Feldstein

Presenter

Kaitlyn Dever

Tonya Lewis Lee and Spike Lee

Presenter

Janelle Monáe

Performer

George MacKay

Presenter

Penelope Cruz

Presenter

Antonio Banderas

Nominated: Best Actor

Alison Balsom and Sam Mendes

Nominated: Best Director

Kristen Wiig and Gal Gadot

Presenters

Brie Larson

Presenter

Adam Driver and Joanne Tucker

Nominated: Best Actor

Elvira Lind and Oscar Isaac

Presenter

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