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Lovely Her Featurette

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Isn’t this movie amazing? Just saying. Watching this featurette reminds me of how incredible…Her….was! The Karen O. featurette after the jump.

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Tight Race for Best Song

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Who knew that the Best Song category would turn into such a contentious mess? On the one hand you have the frontrunner, Idnina Menzel’s masterful Let it Go, which not only does everything a Best Song is supposed to do – thread through the narrative of the story, highlight its main theme and celebrate the meaning of the film overall. No song does that better than Let it Go. It…

Snippet of Idina Menzel Performing Let It Go

Snippet of Idina Menzel Performing Let It Go

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There was a cabaret performance of the songs from Frozen – Broadway World got a snippet of it on video – alas, the rest appears to be not yet online.

Academy Rescinds Original Song Nomination

Academy Rescinds Original Song Nomination

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On Tuesday night, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to rescind the Original Song nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone,” music by Bruce Broughton and lyric by Dennis Spiegel. The decision was prompted by the discovery that Broughton, a former Governor and current Music Branch executive committee member, had emailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period. “No matter how well-intentioned…

75 Original Songs eligible for 2013 Oscar

75 Original Songs eligible for 2013 Oscar

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2013 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 86th Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title: “Amen” from “All Is Lost” “Alone…

Adele will Perform Skyfall at the Oscars

Adele will Perform Skyfall at the Oscars

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There was some news that the cast of Les Miserables were going to perform at the Oscars but so far, at least in my news streams, I never got a confirmation on that. But now it is being reported that Adele will be there to perform Skyfall. The AMPAS will be paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of Bond. Many believed that meant Skyfall would have been the first film…

75 Original Songs tune up for 2012 Oscars

75 Original Songs tune up for 2012 Oscars

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title: “For You” from “Act of Valor”…

Neil Finn’s Song for the Hobbit Dazzles

Neil Finn’s Song for the Hobbit Dazzles

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It’s never easy predicting how Best Song will go. The rule: Original Song: An original song consists of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the motion picture.  There must be a clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition (not necessarily visually presented) of both lyric and melody, used in the body of the motion picture or as the first music cue in the end credits. The tricky…

Adele’s theme song for Skyfall

Adele’s theme song for Skyfall

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Will the trademark Bond theme woven into the orchestration interfere with the song’s eligibility? Depends entirely on the whims and vagaries of the music branch, so there’s no point even speculating. Best to wait and see. We’ve enough stress on our minds. Compare Adele’s voice to Shirley Bassey singing Diamonds Are Forever, after the cut.

Willie Nelson will Get Major Push for Original Song at the Oscars

Willie Nelson will Get Major Push for Original Song at the Oscars

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Willie Nelson has, unbelievably, never won an Oscar in the Best Original Song category and in fact has only been nominated once for his song On the Road Again for Honeysuckle Rose. It’s actually rather shocking, this news. The Huffington Post announced that the Weinstein Co. will be fully behind Nelson’s way way way overdue second Oscar nom and maybe win for Midnight Run, the song he wrote for the…