Perfect Harmony: Music and movies unite at 2014 Academy Awards

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Though music isn’t the primary artform honored at the Academy Awards, it is the perfect compliment to theatrical performance. Without the simplistic, yet spine-tingling theme from John Carpenter’s Halloween, Michael Myers would have been almost laughable walking around in a white-washed Captain Kirk mask. Celine Dion‘s “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic is just as memorable as the movie itself. On a night filled with great moments and performances, the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony thrust music into the spotlight… where it belongs. Check out some our our favorite performances below.

Pharrell Williams (and his hat) spread the joy with audience members and a full dance troop as he performed his hit song “Happy” from Universal Pictures Despicable Me 2.

U2‘s stirring rendition of “Ordinary Love” wasn’t just simply the performance of a song from a movie soundtrack (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), it was a fitting tribute to a man who completely embodied the spirit of peace and forgiveness.

Karen O and Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig changed things up a bit. No glitz. No glamour. Just a beautifully simplistic performance of “The Moon Song,” the main theme from the Spike Jonze film Her.

In yet another tribute moment, Pink dawned a ruby-red gown and gave an emotional performance of Judy Garland‘s beloved classic, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

What were some of your favorite moments, music or otherwise? Let us know in the comments below.

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