British singer Florence Welch was nursing a tragic secret as she sang at the Academy Awards on Sunday (27Feb11) - her father was seriously injured in a bicycle smash just days before the glamorous event.
The star took to the stage with A.R. Rahman to perform If I Rise, which was tipped for a Best Song Oscar but lost out to Randy Newman's Toy Story 3 tune We Belong Together.
However, Welch's trip to Los Angeles was fleeting - she reportedly headed straight back to Britain to be at her father Nick's hospital bedside after he cracked his spine and skull in a bike accident last week (begs21Feb11).
Nick Welch was due to undergo surgery on Monday (28Feb11), and told London's Evening Standard, "I'm not feeling too bad but I've been lucky. I don't know where I was when it happened."