Wrong. Variety now reports that John Legend — a La La Land co-star whose song WASN’T nominated — will perform those two songs live at the Oscars instead of Stone and Gosling. No reason is given for the decision, leaving us to speculate on the conversations that happened behind the scenes. First and foremost, the actors probably decided that they didn’t want to perform live. They are actors, after all, and not live performers (though both have extensive experience in theater, including Stone’s turn on Broadway in Cabaret). The Oscars are a stressful venue, with millions around the globe watching. My palms sweat just thinking about Emma Stone singing this live on stage:

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