Isaac Hayes, with a troupe of dancers, performs the theme song for Shaft at the 1972 Academy Awards.
A circle of dancers around Isaac Hayes move in unison. Various crosscuts of dancers and Hayes. Zoom in towards Hayes as he continues playing and singing. Various shots of the dancers. They face their back to the audience and bump their hips in unison. MS of Hayes playing and singing. The dancers gather closer around him and wag their fingers. WS of the stage and dancers. Cuts back to Hayes singing and the dancers behind him marching. The dancers lift girls onto their shoulders. CU on Hayes’ fingers playing. Various shots of the dancers. A lift is performed behind Hayes. Zoom in to Hayes as the dancers circle him again. Smoke rises from a cut out in the floor and the dancers run offstage. Hayes has disappeared. Cuts to Sammy Davis Jr. at the microphone.