Although it was the first Hip Hop song to win the award, Eminem wasn't in attendance. For one, he wasn't included on the list of performers provided by the Academy, and two, he wasn't even nominated at that night's show.
"I don't know that I was disappointed", he said of missing the ceremony. He added that Quentin Tarantino might need to make a movie about President Trump's impeachment trial in which "in the end, the adults do the right thing".
In an interview with Variety after the Oscars, he talks about why he performed the song.
Even Barbra Streisand was disappointed when Eminem made a decision to skip the 2003 Oscars.
"When we did dress rehearsals, there was a whole alternate beat where it was just Eminem's band playing You Should Be Dancing by The Bee Gees with John Travolta in the background, so that's how much it was kept a secret and surprise".
According to Oscar's producer Lynette Howell Taylor, it was all about the "impact" an Eminem surprise performance would have.
"But then when I found out I won, 'That is crazy!' That to me shows how authentic and real that award is - when you do not show up and you still win".
Eminem - real name Marshall Mathers - has since commented that it was not his idea to keep the performance secret, but when the plan was floated, he agreed that it would be "kinda dope" to keep it unannounced.
Interestingly, Eminem refused to sing the song at the Oscars back in 2003 after he was instructed to perform a censored version of it at the ceremony.
"And in addition, again at the moment, the youthful me did not actually really feel like a present like that will perceive me".
"You couldn't take the song out of the movie and you couldn't take the movie out of the song", Miranda said.
Camera IconEminem performs "Lose Yourself" at the Oscars. He went on to elucidate, "I believe it was both [the Oscars"] concept or Paul and [longtime publicist Dennis Dennehy's] concept earlier than they introduced it to me.
"I kinda figured maybe since I didn't get a chance to do it at the time, maybe it would be cool", he explained to Variety.