Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times
March 4, 2014
"Let It Go," the showstopper of Disney's hit "Frozen," unsurprisingly nabbed the Oscar for original song, beating out tracks from Pharrell Williams, U2 and Karen O. But the performance of the winning tune during Sunday's Academy Awards was an absolute catastrophe. First John Travolta butchered Broadway veteran Idina Menzel's name to something along the lines of "Adele Nazeem" (whoever that is) and then Menzel's performance was a head scratcher. Was she off? Was the orchestra off? The soaring number sounded rushed and incredibly pitchy. But every performance fell flat after Pharrell's gleeful clap-along "Happy" literally got the crowd — including nominees Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong'o and Amy Adams' shimmying.