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Oscars Nix Best Song Performances

The show’s producers said none of the nominees were invited to sing at the March 7 awards ceremony. Randy Newman’s totally wry and bemused about this. More at EW, including a clip of Elliott Smith’s memorable, jarring performance at the ’98 Oscars. More »

By: jessica / February 17, 2010 - 11:10 am

Lykke, Jarvis, Karen O, Jack White, Brüno Vie For 2010 Oscars

The Academy has selected 63 songs that will contend for Best Song nominations for next year’s ceremony, and among them are songs not written by Randy Newman. Paul McCartney and U2 — “you may have heard of them” — both made the cut, of course. But dark horse Jarvis/”Petey” has a shot too. That movie… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 17, 2009 - 1:00 pm

U2, Nick Cave (But Not Anvil) Among Oscar Hopefuls

The little-documentary-that-could The Story Of Anvil, about the band that was like a “real life Spinal Tap” right down to having a drummer named Robb Reiner, stole everyone’s heart this past year. Except for people whose hearts are made of stone. Or metal. Well if your heart was made of \m/ metal then it probably… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 20, 2009 - 11:14 am

Slumdog Won Best Original Song, Seven Other Oscars

Videogum liveblogged and livetweeted the Academy Awards last night, including the red carpet pre-show and Barbara Walters special, and Gabe did not kill himself. Success! Slumdog Millionaire won eight statues, including Best Picture and Best Original Song for A.R. Rahman’s “Jai Ho,” which beat out the M.I.A-assisted “O Saya” from the same film and WALL-EMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 23, 2009 - 2:10 am

Peter Gabriel Drops Out Of The Oscars

The self-proclaimed “old fart” had agreed to perform his award-nominated Wall-E song “Down To Earth” until he was told he’d have to cut it to one-minute and fit into an Oscar-song medley. Songwriters “work bloody hard and deserve (a bigger part in the ceremony),” he stated. We respect his protest, but Videogum’s liveblog will proceed… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 13, 2009 - 12:06 pm

Once’s Indie Rockers Win 2008 Best Song Oscar

As far as predicting Best Song awards go, there’s little conventional wisdom to rely on aside from Randy Newman probably being nominated, and a song you probably don’t care about winning. Not so at all this year; no Randy Newman, and a song we’re not entirely apathetic about actually won. Really there was no contest:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 25, 2008 - 10:25 am

The Academy Would Really Like To Recognize The Songs Of Enchanted

Our look into Jonny Greenwood’s odds at winning the Oscar started by presciently realizing, “first he’ll have to get nominated.” Of course we figured he was a shoo-in, and of course we were wrong. Variety pissed all over Jonny’s hopes yesterday by revealing his “original score for There Will Be Blood has been ruled ineligible… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 22, 2008 - 12:24 pm

A Look Into Jonny Greenwood’s Odds At An Oscar

Now that the momentary hyperventilation at the prospect of Thom & Co. visiting your town has subsided, we move onto the next Radiohead topic of the day: Will Jonny Greenwood win an Academy Award for his brilliant work on Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood? More »

By: Stereogum / January 9, 2008 - 6:21 pm

Comedians At The Oscars

Did anyone make it through last night’s Oscar telecast? Pretty sure we knocked out sometime after the Best Sound Engineering In A Foreign Musical award, but Bruce Vilanch and his team of comedy writers may be partly to blame, too. (Suggestion for next year? Cut human resources, obvs.) If you didn’t watch, this musical number… More »

By: Stereogum / February 26, 2007 - 9:36 am

The Academy Would Like To Recognize Randy Newman … Again

This morning, The Academy announced its nominations for the 79th Annual Oscars and, much to the surprise of nobody, Randy Newman got a nomination! Not to slag on Randy, he’s obvs got this film scoring thing down, but our initial thought was, doesn’t dude win every year? Not so! He may get nominated every year,… More »

By: Stereogum / January 23, 2007 - 4:00 pm

Oscar’s Making His Picks

We’re already commiserating over this year’s Grammy nods, but it’s never too early to get unexcited for the Oscar nods for Best Original Song. Relevance aside, how cool would it be if Spoon or DeVotchKa took home an Oscar? The eligible Outkast cut (“PJ & Rooster”) is really hot too (Dodge’s got it). But a… More »

By: Stereogum / December 11, 2006 - 2:01 pm