win

Why “Oh Happy Day” From “Sister Act 2” Is The Greatest Moment In The Cinematic History Of Song

End of story. posted on

1. Former showgirl and protected witness turned humanitarian, Sister Mary Clarence, is teaching her eccentric student, Ahmal, the gift of song.

2. A short montage later and we’re in the choir room. The group is practicing for a grand choir gig.

Buena Vista Pictures

3. Will they be ready? Do they know the words? The choreography? Do they even trust this shady new nun?

Buena Vista Pictures

4. She hopes so.

Buena Vista Pictures

5. It’s the next day. The confidence is gone. The nerves. The angst. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Lauryn Hill on the same stage. Like what?

Buena Vista Pictures

6. “You’ll be fine,” she says. But will they?

Buena Vista Pictures

7. The tension increases. Coughs from the crowd. So many hormones in one room. This could not end well.

Buena Vista Pictures

8. The nuns are scared. They collectively quiver.

Buena Vista Pictures

9. A man who can best be described as the “gross old douchey white dude” shuffles in his chair. He wants to close the school down. He wants them to fail.

Buena Vista Pictures

10. Their leader is skeptic.

Buena Vista Pictures

11. And so are the kids. The side eye is blinding.

Buena Vista Pictures

12. Still, they go on. Whoopi Goldberg sings. It’s kind of funny.

Buena Vista Pictures

13. Unlikely hero, Ahmal, begins his solo. He is so nervous.

Buena Vista Pictures

14. It’s good, but definitely lacks the confidence of a professional teenage choir leader.

Buena Vista Pictures

15. Like a good choir director, Whoopi motions Ahmal forward.

Buena Vista Pictures

16. They speak.

Buena Vista Pictures

17. They connect.

Buena Vista Pictures

18. With a sudden burst of confidence, Ahmal moves forward.

Buena Vista Pictures

19. Sister Mary Lazarus nervously smiles. Her teeth chatter because she’s old.

Buena Vista Pictures

20. That asshole of a friar teacher dude doesn’t move. His friend dramatically moves his head.

Buena Vista Pictures

21. Lauryn Hill unenthusiastically sings. She is doubtful of this shady nun.

Buena Vista Pictures

22. Meanwhile, people are warming up. Some awkward white dude is clapping. That’s a good sign?

Buena Vista Pictures

23. The chef dude is snapping. That’s probably not a good sign?

Buena Vista Pictures

24. Then something happens. Lauryn Hill smiles. She claps. Hope.

Buena Vista Pictures

25. Then, out of fucking nowhere, Ahmal sings an incredibly high note. “WHEN JESUS WAAAAAAAAAASHED MY SINS AWAY.” CHILLS.

Buena Vista Pictures

26. Immediately after, the greatest moment in Whoopi Goldberg’s illustrious career happens. The great Sister Act 2 surprise turnaround.

Buena Vista Pictures

27. THE NUNS GO WILD.

Buena Vista Pictures

28. Even that asshole of teacher friar dude smiles.

Buena Vista Pictures

29. And now it’s time to fucking party.

Buena Vista Pictures

30. Whoopi loses it.

Buena Vista Pictures

31. Sister Mary Patrick obviously does too.

Buena Vista Pictures

32. And even that cold bitch, Mother Superior, cracks a smile. It’s magic. Pure cinematic magic.

Buena Vista Pictures

33. It’s like a totally different choir from the one just minutes before! THE POWER OF SONG! THE POWER OF WHOOPI GOLDBERG!

Buena Vista Pictures

34. YES. AMEN. ALL THE HALLELUJAHS.

Buena Vista Pictures

35. The song ends. The crowd loses their shit. The nuns win. The kids win. We all win.

Buena Vista Pictures

Let’s cry.

36. Watch here:

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

Facebook Conversations
          
    Now Buzzing