Andrea Bocelli, Paul McCartney join the race for Best Original Song

Posted by · 8:19 am · November 5th, 2009

Catching up with Robert Zemeckis’s “A Christmas Carol” last night (which I absolutely adored), I noticed the film featured a tune called “God Bless Us Everyone” by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.  Might we have a new contender for Best Original Song? Each of Zemeckis’s prior performance-capture efforts included original songs — Josh Groban’s “Believe” from […]

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Peter Gabriel pulls out of performing at the Oscars

Posted by · 4:38 pm · February 12th, 2009

Hmm, I totally agree with him on principle but at the same time, it’ll be a shame for him to not grace Oscar’s stage.  Especially since he’s likely to win the award: I was delighted when Down to Earth was nominated for an Oscar. I was also pleased to have been asked to perform the […]

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Ways the Academy blew it, episode #4,623

Posted by · 8:56 am · January 30th, 2009

I haven’t really dug into the stinging Bruce Springsteen snub from eight days ago properly yet, but really, how off-the-mark could the Academy possibly be?  Not that the membership considers itself in the business of appearing relevant, but The Boss just played in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  He’s got a new […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Original Song

Posted by · 12:12 pm · December 19th, 2008

As I said a few weeks ago, I would not analyze the last “tech” category until the eligible entries had been announced. Now that the Academy has named 49 finalists for Best Original Song, and with the BFCA and HFPA rattling off their list of nominees (though they are, admittedly, not great predictors), the time […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Pre-Fall Contenders

Posted by · 2:55 pm · September 11th, 2008

While this week is rightly being most noted by awards-watchers for the Toronto International Film Festival, I’m actually going to go a bit of a different route today. I will be sure to comment on the movers and shakers of TIFF next week as the dust begins to settle, however. In a couple of weeks, […]

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Peter Gabriel’s road to Oscar

Posted by · 10:54 am · August 12th, 2008

I just spent a pleasant four minutes watching Peter Gabriel’s ground-breaking “Sledgehammer” video from 1985, which Patrick Goldstein smartly linked to recently at The Big Picture. It’s one of those things…I haven’t watched “Sledgehammer” since the early 90s, when MTV still had a fingertip’s grasp on relevance.  Those weekend music video countdowns were the stuff […]

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