The Oscar Nominations: Radiohead Guitarist Out, Princess Giselle In

Jan 22nd, 2008 // 13 Comments

enchanted-poster-433.jpgThe Oscar nominations have been announced, and with them come this question from Jess and me: Have you seen Enchanted? Because if you have, then congratulations, you’ve heard three of the five nominees for Best Original Song, which went heavy on the Alan Menken and light on everything else this year. Also: Jonny Greenwood’s score for There Will Be Blood was deemed ineligible for a nomination because “the majority of the music was not composed specifically for the film.” Between that and the Flaming Lips snub, the organizers can kiss the idea of the Stereogum demo tuning in on Feb. 24 goodbye! Full list of music-related nominations after the jump.

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
• “Atonement” (Focus Features) Dario Marianelli
• “The Kite Runner” (DreamWorks, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Participant Productions, Distributed by Paramount Classics): Alberto Iglesias
• “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.) James Newton Howard
• “Ratatouille” (Walt Disney) Michael Giacchino
• “3:10 to Yuma” (Lionsgate) Marco Beltrami

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
• “Falling Slowly” from “Once” (Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and: Marketa Irglova
• “Happy Working Song” from “Enchanted” (Walt Disney): Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
• “Raise It Up” from “August Rush” (Warner Bros.): Nominees to be determined
• “So Close” from “Enchanted” (Walt Disney): Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
• “That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted” (Walt Disney): Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

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  1. Thierry

    Andrew Wyatt was robbed!!! C’mon – “Pop! Goes My Heart” was easily one of the 3-4 best original songs in a movie this year.

    Nothing against Enchanted, but three out of the five nominees is a bit ridiculous…

  2. strapsy

    I love The Frames, but knowing that Glen is screwing this girl just creeps me out.

  3. Nicolars

    @Thierry: It was a great song. But I think being in a crappy movie probably counted against it.

  4. Poubelle

    @Nicolars: That didn’t stop the August Rush song.

  5. Al Shipley

    I’d say Vedder was robbed, but his big original song for Into The Wild wasn’t as good as the first single (which was a cover).

  6. Charles A. Hohman

    Hell, “Norbit” was a crappy movie but it got a Makeup nomination.

    I wouldn’t have minded “Music and Lyrics” songs getting at least three nominations—Adam Schlesinger’s contributions to the film were by and large more enjoyable than most of “Traffic and Weather” anyway. I’m also disappointed that “Walk Hard”‘s title tune was shunned, in part because I adore Marshall Crenshaw.

  7. Thierry

    @Charles A. Hohman: “Oscar-nominated ‘Norbit’” just doesn’t sound right, does it?

  8. the rich girls are weeping

    You know what makes me secretly kind of happy, though? That Tim Burton and Sondheim didn’t try and shoehorn a “new” song into Sweeney Todd to rate a Best Song nomination, i.e. as was done with, for instance, Evita.

    And, well. It’s nice to see that Glenn Hansard and Marketa Irglova will have their Elliott Smith Moment ™.

  9. tigerpop

    Where’s Randy Newman?

  10. Chris Molanphy

    Once song FTW — assuming the three Enchanted songs split the vote.

  11. Anonymous

    @tigerpop: Making out with Steve Jobs.

  12. bcapirigi

    i was pulling for the lauryn hill song from the surfing penguins movie to get nominated. mostly because i’d want to see the performance.

  13. Anonymous

    I can’t believe they passed over Camille’s charming song “Le Festin” from Ratatouille. Also, I wanted “Let’s Duet” from Walk Hard to get a nom for the reasons bcapirigi mentioned above. Also, I snicker every time someone says “Dewet Cox”. Hee.

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