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The Oscars Paid Homage To "Smash" And It Was Perfect

The Oscars gave all the heart tonight.

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Jennifer Hudson sang the 2015 Academy Award's In Memoriam song, honoring the artists the film community has lost in 2014.

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What you may not know is she sang "I Can't Let Go," an original song from the second season of NBC's much-missed television series Smash.

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Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, co-writers and producers of the 2015 Academy Awards, wrote the song for the series in 2012.

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Debra Messing, one of the stars of Smash, gave the song a shout-out:

Do any #smash fans recognize the song #JHUD Sang on the Oscars?

Debra Messing@DebraMessingFollow

Do any #smash fans recognize the song #JHUD Sang on the Oscars?

7:42 PM - 22 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

But of course, fans of the series had immediately recognized the song:

The subtext of this In Memoriam is that Smash will NEVER DIE. #Oscars

Louis Peitzman@LouisPeitzmanFollow

The subtext of this In Memoriam is that Smash will NEVER DIE. #Oscars

7:39 PM - 22 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

We did it, gays. We got SMASH to the Oscars.

JENNIFER HUDSON IS SINGING A SONG FROM SMASH AT THE OSCARS

Connor Goldsmith@dreamoforgononFollow

JENNIFER HUDSON IS SINGING A SONG FROM SMASH AT THE OSCARS

7:38 PM - 22 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

My inner theatre nerd is freaking out that J-Hud is singing a song from #SMASH on the #Oscars!

Joey O'Hern@joeyohernFollow

My inner theatre nerd is freaking out that J-Hud is singing a song from #SMASH on the #Oscars!

7:37 PM - 22 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

LONG LIVE SMASH!

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