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‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’ Singers Belt Out National Anthem Before Rose Bowl: Video

By | Wednesday January 1, 2014 @ 4:18pm PST
Pete Hammond

Call it 20 feet from the 50-yard line. 20FeetIn a coup for the Radius/TWC’s Oscar campaign for the shortlisted documentary finalist Twenty Feet From Stardom, which chronicles the lives and career of a group of veteran rock-era background singers, four of them — Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill and Lisa Fischer — performed the National Anthem at the 100th Rose Bowl game today in Pasadena.

An estimated 17 million were expected to watch the sold-out game where #4 Michigan State beat #5 Stanford 24-20. The figure that studio executives behind the film were probably most hoping for was much smaller: 6,028. That’s the number of Academy voters who will be eligible to vote for Best Documentary Feature should this moving and high-stepping pic from director Morgan Neville make the final five when nominations are announced on January 16. If a good number of those voters happened to be watching the game that certainly can’t hurt the critically acclaimed film’s chances.

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‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’ Singers Set To Sing National Anthem At 2014 Rose Bowl

By | Sunday December 8, 2013 @ 7:48pm PST

20 feet from stardomMerry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love, the backup singers who get the spotlight in RADiUS-TWC‘s Oscar documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, will sing the National Anthem at the 100th Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day 2014. The special performance during the Stanford-Michigan State game marks the first time in a century that one of the Rose Bowl participants’ band is not performing the “Star-Spangled Banner.” That’s about the flashiest PR stunt conceivable for this year’s heated Oscar docu race, and shrewd timing – nominations voting ends just a week later on January 8.

Related: OSCARS: Radius-TWC Duo Hopeful To Garner Documentary Nominations With Full Plate Of Contenders

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