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Frozen 2’s ‘Into the Unknown’ gets a sweeping multilingual Oscar performance with 10 Elsas

10 Elsas enter… only one can leave

Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

Frozen 2’s only Oscar nomination is for “Into the Unknown” for Best Original song. But that didn’t stop Idina Menzel and nine other Elsa voice actresses from around the world from putting on one killer performance.

Joined by Norwegian singer-songwriter AURORA (the voice that goes “WoooO-oOOooh-oOOh-OOOoooH” in the background of the song), Menzel took the stage to start off the song clad in an icy white dress. Pretty soon, she was joined by Elsa voice actresses and singers from nine different countries singing the song in their own native languages, also while wearing white ensembles to channel their inner Elsas.

Frozen 2 has been translated into 45 different languages, according to presenter Josh Gad, who also voices Olaf, the Frozen movie’s living snowman. (Gad introduced the song with a prominent dig at past presenter John Travolta, who mispronounced Menzel’s name at the 2014 ceremony: Gad noted it’s “pronounced exactly as it is spelled.”)

A multilingual animated version of “Into the Unknown” is available on YouTube (though it kinda cheats.) The song is up against I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4; “I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough; “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman; and “Stand Up” from Harriet.