Did Peter Gabriel kill his Oscar chances?
Peter Gabriel has told the Oscars thanks but no thanks: He won't be performing his Academy Award-nominated song Down To Earth on Sunday's show. And with final ballots not due until Tuesday evening, could Oscar voters punish him by voting for the competition?
Gabriel objects to his song being cut down to just one minute long. The song, from the movie WALL-E, was to be performed as part of a medley with two songs from Slumdog Millionaire, according to Reuters.
"I don't feel that is sufficient time to do the song justice, and I have decided to withdraw from performing," the former Genesis frontman and '80s solo star wrote in a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "Even though songwriters are small players in the filmmaking process, they are just as committed and work just as hard as the rest of the team and I regret that this new version of the ceremony is being created, in part, at their expense."
St. Petersburg Times film critic Steve Persall says Gabriel's last-minute power move might cost him a few votes in what is already a very tight race. Gabriel's best chance to win is if the two Slumdog tunes -- Jai Ho and O' Saya -- split the vote, Persall says.
Gabriel reportedly still plans to attend the award ceremony. A new performer hasn't been announced yet.