Unilad: Back at the 2003 ceremony, the rap artist real name Marshall Mathers picked up the Oscar for Best Original Song for the chart-topping hit ballad.
As this year’s awards prepped to unveil the winners of the music categories, Eminem emerged from the stage for a showstopping rendition of his classic tune (also, I predicted this).8 Mile was immensely critically-acclaimed, attracting solid awards attention across several ceremonies, from the Oscars to the Golden Globes. The New Yorker‘s David Denby wrote:
‘In the tradition of Rocky and Fever, the movie is a shrewdly engineered piece of proletarian pop a story of triumph but, like Eminem’s enraged lyrics, 8 Mile has its own kind of vile candor.’
The AV Club‘s Nathan Rabin wrote: ‘Since his ascension to pop-culture royalty, Eminem has transformed the messy emotions of his life into musical black comedy. In 8 Mile, that life becomes an equally riveting drama.’