LOS ANGELES: Renowned rapper Eminem gave a surprise performance at the 92nd Academy Awards to sophisticated and sober Oscar audiences.
Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, performed his popular track “Lose yourself” from 8 Mile for which he won best original song Oscar in 2003.
He received a standing ovation from top names in the entertainment industry including Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gal Gadot, Grammy winner Billie Ellish and Anthony Ramos. Veteran filmmaker Martin Scorsese appeared unimpressed by the act.
This was Eminem’s first performance at the Oscars. He was reportedly set to perform at the 2003 ceremony but refused the offer as the Academy wanted him to use the censored version of the same track.
The rapper did not even attend the then awards show and his Oscar was accepted by film’s co-writer Luis Resto. The issue of censor didn’t upset Eminem this time as he was bleeped thrice during the act.
After his performance, the rapper also took to Twitter to thank the Academy for letting him charge up the evening. Eminem’s appearance was a tightly kept secret at the Oscars.
“Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity… Thanks for having me @TheAcademy. Sorry it took me 18 years to get here,” he wrote alongside a video of Resto receiving the trophy from veteran actress Barbara Streisand.