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 by the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences” because consideration “excludes ‘scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music.'” (Greenwood’s score contains 35 minutes of new stuff and 46 minutes of pre-existing material, including some public domain works by Brahms and portions of his 2006 piece Popcorn Superhet Receiver. Silly Jonny.) Variety also mentioned Enchanted and Into The Wild weren’t eligible due to “predominant use of songs.” Jonny’s just gonna have to keep himself warm with that BAFTA nom.

So Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and obviously sort of anticlimactic on the music side (but damn, we have some serious movie watching to do). Notably, Into The Wild’s “Guaranteed” got snubbed from Best Song, completing the EdVed shutout (there’s always that Golden Globe, EdVed). For good reason, though — the academy had to make sure to nominate three songs from Enchanted. Well, at least now you know which song you’ll be rooting for on that glorious, writer-picketed night:


The slanted and Enchanted Best Score and Song noms:

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Score)

  • Atonement – Dario Marianelli
  • The Kite Runner – Alberto Iglesias
  • Michael Clayton – James Newton Howard
  • Ratatouille – Michael Giacchino
  • 3:10 to Yuma – Marco Beltrami

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song)

  • “Falling Slowly,” Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (from Once)
  • “Happy Working Song,” Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz (from Enchanted)
  • “Raise It Up,” Nominees to be determined (from August Rush)
  • “So Close,” Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz (from Enchanted)
  • “That’s How You Know,” Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz (from Enchanted)