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Oscars 2017: Will Multiple Best Original Song Nominations Equal Gold For ‘La La Land’?

La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

If you’ve been paying attention to the 2017 Oscars race, you’ve likely heard of a little movie titled La La Land. The Damien Chazelle-directed romantic musical features numerous tunes throughout but Lionsgate is pushing hard for just two — “City of Stars” and “Audition” — in the best original song category. One question remains: does having multiple pieces nominated help or hurt a film? Let’s take a look back at what history seems to indicate.

La La Land — while likely a frontrunner for many categories at the upcoming Academy Awards, even the coveted best picture — we’re going to be focusing on the musical side. Both of the film’s stars, Ryan Gosling (jazz musician Sebastian) and Emma Stone (aspiring actress Mia), lent their vocal chops to these two numbers with him owning most of “City of Stars” and her dominating in “Audition.
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Few Original Song Nominees Come From Best Picture Nominees

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

On Dec. 12, the Academy released a shortlist of 79 songs in contention for best original song at the 87th Academy Awards, but it’s not so easy to predict which songs will be announced as nominees on Jan. 15. You can’t turn to potential best picture nominees — or best animated features, for that matter — to predict which songs make the final cut. Though a number of best picture nominees have also been nominated for best original song, there’s not much correlation between the two.

The original song category was first introduced at the 7th Annual Academy Awards, and the winner was “The Continental” from 1934’s The Gay Divorcee, also nominated for best picture.

Nineteen of the 80 Oscar-winning songs have come from best picture nominees. They are as follows:

“The Continental” — The Gay Divorcee (1934) “Over the Rainbow” — The Wizard of Oz (1939) “Swinging on a Star” — Going My Way
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Will ‘Frozen’ Continue the Best Original Song Success of Animated Films?

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

One of the bright spots this past film year was the success of Disney’s Frozen. On the strength of it’s more modern princesses and an infectious score, the film set box office records and has garnered two Oscar nominations, Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let It Go”, its infectious hit. In honor of Frozen’s nomination, we figured it was time to take a look at the history of animated movies in Original Song.

The history of animated films picking up nominations and wins in Best Original Song is a tale as old as time (see what I did there?). Since the 1930s, animated films have won this award 13 times and over 50 nominations, which you can see below. This is an even greater feat when you think about the consideration that animated films get when lists of musicals are made (they
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Star and Composer Talk 'The Princess and the Frog' Songs

Walt Disney Animation Studios' "The Princess and the Frog" tells the story of a beautiful girl named Tiana, a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. It stars Broadway and movies actress, Anika Noni Rose, as the voice of Tiana.

In an interview, Rose (Anr) as well as Oscar-winning composer Randy Newman (Rn) talk about their experiences when they were involved in the production process. While Rose gushes that the part when Tiana sings "Down In New Orleans" is very inspiring, Newman shares the creative process when he has to create a song to make an alligator playing the trumpet seems natural.

"The Princess and the Frog" Blu-ray and DVD will be available for purchase in U.S. stores on March 16.

Q: Randy, how different is it to write for a movie?
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Anika Noni Rose Nearly Got Thrown In Jail On Oscar Day!

Ok, so you may not have walked away with an Academy Award, Anika. But look on the bright side: you Did manage to avoid time in the slammer!

How does she do it? Anika Noni Rose makes everything look effortless. She managed to film a ‘getting ready for the Oscars video’, get herself all done up, nearly got arrested and Still walked away with a trophy on March 7. Remarkable!

Oscar Sunday wasn’t all glitz and glamour for the Princess and the Frog star. “We almost got thrown in jail filming!” the 37-year-old actress says in the video she shot for Wonderwall. “But I did leave with an Oscar!”

Come again? We thought that particular prize went to Crazy Heart’s “The Weary Kind” instead of Frog’s two selections, “Almost There” and “Down in New Orleans.”

Smiling, Anika holds up a chocolate statue – which to us sounds just as good as the real deal.
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2010 Academy Award Winners

There were very few surprises last night as The Hurt Locker picked up six Oscars including “Best Picture.” Despite the Academy’s expansion of the category, the Iraq war film had become a forgone conclusion after sweeping most of the ceremonies leading up to Sunday. It’s the lowest grossing movie to ever win the top prize and do so without the usual expensive advertising campaign.

In another first, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman in the ceremony’s 82 year history to win “Best Director,” beating out strong competition from her ex-husband James Cameron and more. The screenwriter Mark Boal won for its “Best Original Screenplay.”

Jeff Bridges was finally recognized after his fifth nomination and promptly set the record for saying “man” in an acceptance speech. Sandra Bullock had a sense of humor about herself in holding the “Best Actress” Oscar just one night after taking home the Razzie
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2010 Academy Awards: The Show, The Winners

With another year’s ceremony come and gone, the 2010 Academy Awards announced the big winners during a ceremony at Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night (March 7).

Taking home the top prize of Best Picture was “The Hurt Locker,” which ended up winning a total of six Oscar trophies.

As for the actor/actress categories, the Academy bestowed honors onto Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Mo’Nique and Christopher Waltz.

The complete list of 201o Oscar winners is as follows:

Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart

George Clooney in “Up in the Air

Colin Firth in “A Single Man

Morgan Freeman in “Invictus

Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker

Actor in a Supporting Role

Matt Damon in “Invictus

Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger

Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station

Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones

Winner: Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds

Actress in a Leading
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Oscars 2010 - Best Music (Original Song): Oscar Sings True for Crazy Heart

Whenever you have a music-based feature that fully embeds original song content in the lead character and storyline, then I don't think there are that many more options to look elsewhere in the category. This and the other songs gave Crazy Heart its backbone and charm. Looking good for the certified win for Bridges. - The Noms: “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman “Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas “Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
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'The Hurt Locker' Tops the 2010 Oscars Taking Home Six Awards

We can finally close the book on 2009. The Oscars have come and gone and The Hurt Locker has triumphed, winning Best Picture and five more awards including Best Director and Original Screenplay. I started tracking this season's Oscar contenders way back in July of 2009 and it has been a long road and each year I'd like to think I learn a little something new about the process.

The first thing to realize is that the likelihood the film you believe to be the best of the year most likely will not win Best Picture and may not be recognized at all. What you have to hope for is that quality wins out over mediocrity in whatever category we are discussing. And for that matter I would say this year's Oscars were, for the most part, a triumph (a statement regarding the winners and not the show itself, which was sort
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Sandra Bullock Wins Best Actress! Jeff Bridges Wins Best Actor! And All the Rest of the Winners Tonight!

A couple of Academy crowd-favorites won the top acting awards, and The Hurt Locker got the biggest prize of the night!

Sandra Bullock won her first Best Actress award — and even she seemed surprised by the win. Jeff Bridges didn’t seem overly shocked to nab Best Actor, but he still gave a aww-inducing speech celebrating his eminent show-biz family. We particularly liked the dude with the crazy hair who won for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing (Paul Ottosson of The Hurt Locker) and yawn Sandy Powell won for the third time for costume design (The Young Victoria). And you’re probably looking for all the rest of the winners, neatly formatted …

Best picture “Avatar” “The Blind Side” “District 9″ “An Education” (Winner)”The Hurt Locker” “Inglourious Basterds” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” “A Serious Man” “Up” “Up in the Air” Best actor (Winner) Jeff Bridges, “Crazy HeartGeorge Clooney,
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Oscar 2010 Winners!

Oscar winners 2010 list is here.

We already wrote about possible winners and competition between- James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow, so we can say that we’re not at all surprised that this was Kathryn Bigelow’s night.

The Hurt Locker won 6 Oscars, including honour for Best Movie and Best Director.

So, Bigelow became the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director.

On the other hand, the movie that still sits on the top of box office, James Cameron’s Avatar definetely had a bad luck. The movie won only 3 golden statues in technical categories – Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Effects.

We can’t help but think that this show really seemed like Bigelow’s sweet revenge.

Sandra Bullock was named best actress for The Blind Side after she proudly attended Razzie 2010 event and took completely different award.

“Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?
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The 82nd Academy Award Winners | Oscars

History was made tonight by Kathryn Bigelow for becoming the first female to ever win the Academy Award for Best Director for The Hurt Locker. Shortly after another bomb exploded when seconds after she walked off stage Tom Hanks announced that The Hurt Locker was also the Best Picture, beating out the favorite Avatar and team Cameron. The Iraq War drama earned six total Oscar wins at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. In the Best Actress/Actor categories, Sandra Bullock beat out Meryl Streep for Best Actress for her role in The Blind Side, and "The Dude" himself - Jeff Bridges took home the Best Actor Award for is role in Crazy Heart. The Best Supporting Actress went to Mo’Nique in Precious, while Christoph Waltz won the Best Supporting Actor Award
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The Hurt Locker Locks Up the Academy Awards

Well, there weren't many major surprises nor many particularly memorable moments, but we still had a lot of fun watching the Oscars here tonight. Thanks to all of you who tuned in for the live podcast and joined us in the live chat over at Ustream [1]. As you may have heard, The Hurt Locker cleaned up, taking home a total of 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, making Kathryn Bigelow the first female director to ever win the award. James Cameron's Avatar, on the other hand, won only for visual effects, art direction and cinematography. All of the acting categories went off as expected, with Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock winning Best Actor and Best Actress, while Christoph Waltz and Mo'Nique won the supporting trophies. If there was an upset at all, it was probably The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos), which beat
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The 2010 Oscars: Winners & Roundup

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So, this evening I headed to a rather exclusive Oscar party in central London courtesy of Grey Goose and watched the stars arrive on the red carpet followed by the ceremony itself on TV screens scattered around the venue. The evening opened with Neil Patrick Harris performing a stage show number followed by our hosts, Steve Martin and Alec Balwin doing some rather amusing gags. I have to say, the pair of them did a mighty fine job in my opinion. Far better than that of The BAFTA Awards where every joke went down like a lead balloon! The comedy highlight for me was Ben Stiller dressed as one of the Na’vi from Avatar which was just genius!

James Cameron’s Avatar won a few but the big news of the night was that the Kathryn Bigelow has become the first woman to win Best Director for her movie,
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Oscars 2010 Winners List: 'The Hurt Locker,' Sandra Bullock and more

"The Hurt Locker" took home Best Picture and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow, while Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Christoph Waltz and Mo'Nique took home the acting honors.

Best Picture


"The Blind Side"

"District 9"

"An Education"

"The Hurt Locker"

"Inglourious Basterds"


"A Serious Man"


"Up in the Air"

Best Director

Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"

James Cameron, "Avatar"

Lee Daniels, "Precious"

Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air"

Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"

Best Actor

Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"

George Clooney, "Up in the Air"

Colin Firth, "A Single Man"

Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"

Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"

Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"

Carey Mulligan, "An Education"

Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious"

Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"

Best Supporting Actor

Matt Damon, "Invictus"

Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"

Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"

Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"

Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

Best Supporting Actress

Penelope Cruz,
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Oscar winners 2010: full list

The triumphant ones at the 82nd annual Academy Awards, in bold, alongside their fellow nominees

Actor in a supporting role

Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds

Christopher Plummer in The Last Station

Matt Damon in Invictus

Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones

Woody Harrelson in The Messenger

Animated feature film

Up (Pete Docter and Bob Peterson)

The Princess and the Frog (Ron Clements and John Musker)

Coraline (Henry Selick)

Fantastic Mr Fox (Wes Anderson)

The Secret of Kells (Tomm Moore)

Music (original song)

Almost There, from The Princess and the Frog, by Randy Newman

Down in New Orleans, from The Princess and the Frog, by Randy Newman

Loin de Paname, from Paris 36, by Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas

Take It All, from Nine, by Maury Yeston

The Weary Kind, from Crazy Heart, by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Writing (original screenplay)

The Hurt Locker (Mark Boal)

Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino
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82nd Academy Award Winners!

The Academy has spoken...check out the full list of winners of the 82nd Academy Awards below!

Best Picture:

The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), A Voltage Pictures Production, Nominees to be determinedAvatar (20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, ProducersThe Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertainment Production, Nominees to be determinedDistrict 9 (TriStar), A Block/Hanson Production, Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, ProducersAn Education (Sony Pictures Classics), A Finola Dwyer/Wildgaze Films Production, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, ProducersInglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company), A Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg Production, Lawrence Bender, ProducerPrecious (Lionsgate), A Lee Daniels Entertainment/Smokewood Entertainment Production, Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, ProducersA Serious Man (Focus Features), A Working Title Films Production, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, ProducersUp (Disney/Pixar), A Pixar Production, Jonas Rivera, ProducerUp in the Air (Paramount), A Montecito Picture Company Production,
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2010 Oscar Winners List

2010 Oscar Winners List
The 82nd Academy Awards complete winners list:

See photos of the Oscar winners:

Best Picture


"The Hurt Locker" Winner!

"Inglourious Basterds"

"The Blind Side"

"District 9"

"An Education"

"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

"A Serious Man"


"Up in the Air"

Best Director

James Cameron "Avatar"

Kathryn Bigelow "The Hurt Locker" Winner!

Lee Daniels "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

Quentin Tarantino "Inglourious Basterds"

Jason Reitman "Up in the Air
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