The 90th Academy Awards Show Needs Fred Astaire

March 3, 2018

Yo 2018, I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but the 1970 Oscars had the BEST DANCING OF ALL TIME!

Despite our disappointment that there’s no Academy Award for Best Choreography, you’d best believe the entire Dance Spirit team will be watching the 90th annual Oscars ceremony tonight to see just how much dancing sneaks its way into the program. To get into the Hollywood dance spirit (#sorrynotsorry), we’ve unearthed a priceless gem from the 1970 televised ceremony, in which entertainment legend Bob Hope—not too shabby a dancer himself—”tricks” Fred Astaire (who was at the time a cool seventy-one years old) into performing the most adorable, charming, dapper, debonair soft-shoe routine that has ever graced the Academy. Travel back in time with Fred, and then get ready to analyze every last eight-count on the live broadcast tonight!