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The PS22 Chorus and All the Oscar Winners Close out 'The Academy Awards' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 28th 2011 2:02AM
PS22 Chorus and Oscar Winners, 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards'Viewers who hung around through the Best Picture speeches for 'The Kings Speech' at 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC) were surprised with a special treat to wrap up the broadcast. In years past, things tend to wrap quickly after that final speech. Sometimes, the show has ended along with the speech.

This year, though, there was a special musical number by the PS22 Chorus, an internationally popular 5th- and 6th-grade chorus out of Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island, in New York. Since 2006, the chorus has been gaining more and more notoriety thanks to director Gregg Breinberg's online promotion of them.

Now, they've gotten a chance to perform on one of the world's largest stages as they closed the Oscars with a performance of "Over the Rainbow." They were joined in the final moments by the night's winners, many singing along with the Judy Garland classic. It was a touching and special moment certainly for the kids, but it was also a nice wrap to Hollywood's Biggest Night for the winners and audience as well.

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What a wonderful ending!

March 01 2011 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These children were wonderful!! They sang so beautifully and were so unaffected by their surroundings. Mr. B has a done a great job with them! All public schools should be so lucky!

February 28 2011 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This was the best ending ever. All of the children looked so happy and sang beautifully. What a wonderful and welcomed surprise.

February 28 2011 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I Loved It!! To the narrow minded people ~ think how you would hae been as a 5th grader on a huge stage. They were wonderful. I have also seen them on GMA with Mr B who gives everything he has into those children that will grow up with more confidence than some of these posters. I thought they did GREAT and I loved the award winners coming out on the stage at the end. The fact they looked happy and some were singing was also great !!!!

February 28 2011 at 1:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Considering the the director who did nothing more than make cutesy motions, and all the bopping around, which is distracting, they did a pretty good job.

February 28 2011 at 1:02 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Are you people kidding me? This was a great ending to the show. The best I have seen in years. I thought the kids did a great job and good for them!

February 28 2011 at 12:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

the kids looked lost and very unprepared. Not a very good ending, but the kids did get a free trip and I am sure had fun.

February 28 2011 at 12:18 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Marlene Sandvig

One of the best since Billy C and Bob Hope loved it

February 28 2011 at 11:57 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply


February 28 2011 at 11:36 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.I didnt watch the Oscars never my deal. However the kids were wonderful.Nope Not perfect they are Kids not one dropped the f bomb did they?Kids and the arts which is sadly disappearing from soooo many schools belong together.The arts give kids a positive outlet .As a Band mom I watched so many children that were normally quiet and shy shine with confidence .And yes they do tend to perform better in other areas of their education.I would much rather watch these beautiful faces than a bunch of stoned overpaid spoiled actors

February 28 2011 at 11:36 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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