Earlier, this afternoon, Bruce Broughton had his say about the rescinding of the Oscar nomination for the title song from Alone Yet Not Alone. Here’s another side of the story, in a letter Deadline obtained that was sent to the Academy by Martin M. Bandier, the influential chairman of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Like Broughton, he also is calling for changes in the Best Song category, but he specifically has a beef with the rule that doesn’t provide for another nominee to replace one that might be nixed, as happened this year. There certainly were other songs that warranted inclusion, and the one that I thought the category missed most was Lana Del Rey’s haunting “Young and Beautiful,” which added so much to the courtship seen between Gatsby and Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. There were others, too. Bandier sent the letter to AMPAS chief Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and it won’t be surprising if she spend some energy looking hard at this, but it seemed relevant enough right now to air it here. Read the letter below:
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Some quick glimpses into Oscar preparations for February 27th besides the fact that the nominated songs are going to be performed on the telecast this year after being bumped (more like dumped) by last year’s producers. According to Oscarcast producers Don Mischer and Bruce Cohen who spoke to the Oscar Nominees Luncheon on Monday, a new graphic will slowly wind down to a warning to “wrap it up” at the 45-second mark. (Cohen said the duo did minute by minute research on past awards shows and discovered “hundreds of thousands” of viewers when winners rattle off a list that drags on too long.) That specially produced DVD by Tom Hanks with instructions on how to make a speech at the Oscars will be sent to all the nominees this year, complete with an interactive feature so they can practice at home. Bruce Cohen also said a questionnaire has been sent for Oscar.com Q&As. But this is kinda sweet: the pre-show will feature a “Mominees” segment in which nominees’ mothers will tweet about their nominated kid. If the moms don’t know the technology required, Cohen said the Academy will teach them. (Natalie Portman leaned over to me at that point and said, “No way! My mother would be terrified”.) Finally, the producers noted they’ll play off this year’s Academy Awards mantra of “You’re Invited” by making the worldwide audience feel part of the show more than ever before.
A Best Song nod could be Tangled’s best shot at Oscar recognition this year after today’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science confirmation that just 15 movies have qualified for Best Animated Feature. That’s one short of the 16 needed to trigger five nominations instead of three. With Toy Story 3 and How To Train Your Dragon virtually assured of two of those slots, it will be a real dogfight now for the third position. Tangled composer Alan Menken tells me that, to regain some winning momentum (and maybe tie Alfred Newman for the most music victories in Academy history), he plans to let Disney only submit one song from Tangled: the love ballad, “I See The Light”, sung by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, which he thinks has a better shot than some of the more up tempo tunes in the toon. This way, Menken doesn’t risk cancelling himself out again like what happened when his three nominated Enchanted songs were bested by “Falling Slowly” from Once.
He’s adamant about entering just one song even though Academy rules would now allow two. He also bemoans the fact that his score is ineligible due to a rule imposed after music branch complaints when Menken won all those previous Oscars. He does admit though that “if I weren’t me, I would probably be complaining too”. Menken is an 8-time Oscar winner for Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin, The Little … Read More »