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Best Original Song and the tunes of Disney’s ‘Princess’

Posted by · 8:38 am · September 11th, 2009

The Princess and the FrogIn just a few weeks here the Best Original Song picture has become clearer and clearer.  We’ve told you about contenders from films like “2012,” “Precious,” “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Up in the Air,” but there’s more coming.  Today: the songs of Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.”

You might recall that for two years in a row, three songs from one film were nominated in this category: “Listen,” “Love You I Do” and “Patience” from “Dreamgirls” in 2006 and “Happy Working Song,” “So Close” and “That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted” in 2007.  The Academy took action in June 0f 2008, putting a new rule into effect that limits the number of eligible songs per film to two.

This is worth keeping in mind in the case of “The Princess and the Frog,” which, to the best of my knowledge, has seven songs in play.  But I’m told only two (naturally) look to get the awards campaign treatment.

The key push from the studio will be for Ne-Yo’s “Never Knew I Needed.”  I haven’t heard the song (or seen the movie), so I can’t comment on its chances or in what context it is used, but given that the film is a musical, you can bet it will be used in the context of the film and, therefore, have a leg up over tracks that play over the closing credits of films (such as the title track from “Up in the Air.”)

The other song will be Dr. John’s recording of”Down in New Orleans,” which was written by Randy Newman and is said to be a great tune, perhaps the best of the lot.  Judgin solely by the title and artist, I imagine it’s a bayou-inspired track.  This branch has shown an affinity for culturally flavored music.

So that’s two more contenders on the radar.  Next up: the original music of Rob Marshall’s “Nine.”  (And in case you missed it, a new trailer for “The Princess and the Frog” has been released.  Check it out here.)




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  • 1 9-11-2009 at 8:51 am

    A.J said...

    If “Never Knew I Needed” is a Ne-Yo song then it’s the most likely song to be over the closing-credits similar to Carrie Underwood’s Ever Ever After in Enchanted.

  • 2 9-11-2009 at 9:12 am

    Rae Kasey said...

    “Down in New Orleans” is the song used in the teaser, I believe.

  • 3 9-11-2009 at 9:28 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    AJ: I doubt it, considering that is their planned push. If it were a credits song, I think they would be aware that a campaign would be useless.

  • 4 9-11-2009 at 10:46 am

    A.J said...

    But a Ne-Yo song used in the same context as Randy Newman’s work? They’re completely different. Ever Ever After started at the end of the film and then flowed into the credits…I think it may not have been in the credits.

  • 5 9-11-2009 at 4:06 pm

    Dreams said...

    Well, “Down in New Orleans” is in Youtube moths ago, you can listen to Randy playing at jassfest. Anyway, I really doubt it is one of the best songs in the album. I bet it’s the weakest. “Almost there”, “Friends on the other side” and “dig a little dipper” are really outstanding. If this is gonna be Disney strategy with the movie campaign i would say it’s a mistake.

  • 6 9-11-2009 at 7:15 pm

    Glenn said...

    Well, I remember when New Line sought out a nomination for the end credits song in “Hairspray” while leaving a perfectly viable candidate in “Ladies Choice” on the table. That baffled me then and still does.

  • 7 9-12-2009 at 8:33 am

    Andrew said...

    I think The Young Victoria’s Only You song written by Sinéad O’Connor will be nominated. It’s the type of song the Academy likes.

  • 8 12-12-2009 at 6:25 pm

    Mike said...

    Never Knew I Needed is in fact in the credits.