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Beyoncé reportedly planning opening performance at 2022 Oscars

The star is reportedly set to appear the tennis court in Compton where Venus and Serena Williams were trained

By Will Richards

Beyoncé wears a sparkly blue suit on stage
Beyoncé. (Picture: Wikimedia commons/ J.ébey)

Beyoncé is reportedly set to open the 2022 Oscars with a special performance related to ‘King Richard’.

According to Variety, the star will appear remotely from tennis courts in the Compton area of Los Angeles during the ceremony this Sunday (March 27).

The report adds that the court in question for the rumoured performance is that which Richard Williams – the titular character of ‘King Richard’ – trained his tennis-playing daughters Venus and Serena.

It’s also said that Will Smith, star of ‘King Richard’ and nominated for Best Actor for the role, could appear in the performance before making his way to the Hollywood-based Oscars, just 20 miles from the court.

Beyoncé is nominated for Best Original Song at the 2022 Oscars for ‘Be Alive’, the track she wrote for the film, which is up for Best Picture at the ceremony.

The 2022 Oscars are due to take place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on March 27. The 94th Academy Awards will feature a different host for every hour of the ceremony, it’s been confirmed.

The Hollywood Reporter says a new plan has been drawn up that gives the Academy an opportunity to use a wide variety of hosts to appeal to as many people as possible.

It’s claimed that the ceremony will be a three-act show, with a different emcee for each hour.

The plan is also hoped to ease some of the pressure on potential hosts, by spreading the responsibility and attention across several people.

Previous years have seen chaos unfold at the awards, with Chris Rock hosting throughout the #OscarsSoWhite moment. Back in 2017 Jimmy Kimmel was hosting when the wrong winner was announced, now dubbed “Envelopegate”.

Kevin Hart was supposed to host in 2019 until old homophobic tweets resurfaced. Following his departure, few performers wanted to host the show, leading to the current host-less regime.

Nominees hoping to win big this year include Jane Campion’s ‘The Power Of The Dog’ and Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’. 

‘House Of Gucci’ only received one nomination, and fans were disappointed after ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ didn’t receive a Best Picture nomination.

See the full list of 2022 Oscars nominations here.