US singer Justin Timberlake (C) performs on stage at the 89th Oscars in California. Pic/AFP
Los Angeles: Singer-actor Justin Timberlake opened the star-studded 89th Academy Awards ceremony here with his Oscar-nominated song "Can't stop this feeling" that got everyone on their feet.
Dressed in a black and white tuxedo, he entered the stage area of Dolby Theatre here on Sunday with a bang. He got the Who's Who of the industry dancing to his song, which is nominated in the Best Music (Original Song) at this year's Oscars.
This is the first Academy Award nomination for Timberlake, whose wife and actress Jessica Biel, glittering in gold, was spotted enjoying his performance from the animated film "Trolls".
During his performance, he asked: "Hollywood, you look lovely tonight. But do you feel lovely tonight?"
They seemed to feel lovely as celebrities like actress Nicole Kidman and her star husband Keith Urban, actor Dev Patel, actress Meryl Streep and actor Matt Damon were seen applauding and dancing to the song.
Timberlake then introduced the ceremony's host Jimmy Kimmel, who continued this year's awards season trend of taking a jibe at US President Donald Trump.