Tom Cruise is not attending this year’s Oscars despite Top Gun: Maverick being nominated for six Academy Awards — but Lady Gaga will perform her single from the film at the ceremony. The 60-year-old actor isn’t going to be at the 95th Academy Awards on Sunday (March 12) as he has filming commitments.
Entertainment Tonight confirmed he wouldn’t be at the ceremony as he is back on set overseas for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part II in the UK.
His absence means he won’t see if Top Gun: Maverick scoops any of its six Oscar nominations — Best Picture, Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Film Editing, Sound, Music (Original Song) and Visual Effects.
It’s understood the Top Gun sequel’s producer Jerry Bruck-heimer, 79, will accept its Best
Picture award if it wins in the category.
News that Tom will not be in Hollywood for the event came hours after it was revealed Lady Gaga, 36, will perform her Oscar-nominated Top Gun: Maverick song Hold My Hand at the event.
It had previously been reported she would not be able to make the event, but Entertainment Tonight also revealed the singer’s plans had changed and she’ll now not only attend but also sing the hit. Oscars producer Glen Weiss had said Gaga was invited to perform but was unable to make the commitment at the time as she is shooting her role as Harley Quinn in Joker: Folie & agrave; Deux, a sequel to 2019’s Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, which started production at the end of 2022.
Glen, 61, had last week told Variety at a press conference: “We have a great relationship with Lady Gaga and her camp. She is in the middle of shooting a movie right now.