Sufjan Stevens will perform “Mystery of Love” at this year’s Academy Awards. One of Stevens’ three contributions to the soundtrack of Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics), “Mystery of Love” is nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Further nominees in the category are “Mighty River” from Mudbound, “Remember Me” from Coco, “Stand Up for Something” from Marshall and “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman.
The 90th Oscars®, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.
The nomination is the first for Stevens who, in the last twelve months, has released a live recording and accompanying film (Carrie & Lowell Live), Planetarium—a cosmos-themed album recorded with Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister, The Greatest Gift—a mixtape featuring outtakes, remixes and demos from his 2015 masterwork Carrie & Lowell, and “Tonya Harding”—a double A-side single in tribute to the legendary figure skater and American icon. “Mystery of Love” was also nominated for Best Song at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards.
Call Me By Your Name, based on the André Aciman novel of the same name, is one of the most highly praised movies of the year. It is also nominated for Oscars for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay, with an additional nomination for Timothée Chalamet for Actor in a Leading Rolefor his work in the film.
A singer-songwriter currently living in New York, NY, Sufjan Stevens’ preoccupation with epic concepts has motivated two state records (Michigan and Illinois), a collection of sacred and biblical songs (Seven Swans), an electronic album for the animals of the Chinese zodiac (Enjoy Your Rabbit), an expansive EP in homage to the Apocalypse (All Delighted People), a full length partly inspired by the outsider artist Royal Robertson (The Age of Adz) and two Christmas box sets (Songs for Christmas, vol. 1-5 and Silver & Gold, vol. 6-10). BAM has commissioned two works from Stevens, a programmatic tone poem for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (The BQE) and an instrumental accompaniment to slow-motion rodeo footage (Round-Up), and he has collaborated extensively with the New York City Ballet choreographer Justin Peck (Year of the Rabbit, Everywhere We Go and The Decalogue).