Thursday, January 24, 2008

Doesn't Make Sense

So I spared everyone my Oscar nominations post because this years nominees weren't really that exciting in my opinion. And to tell you the truth I see very little surprises at the actual ceremony either (that is if we get an Oscar's telecast and not some lame Mary Hart unveiling) ; there is a lock in every category in my opinion. But that's neither here nor there. My only real WTF? moment came at the announcement of Original Score and Original Song. In the former category Jonny Greenwood, a Radiohead member, was excluded for his chilling score to There Will Be Blood, and then Golden Globe winner Eddie Vedder was shut out in both Original Score and Original Song for his soundtrack to Into The Wild. Wa? It didn't make sense to me. Apparently it didn't make sense to EW Pop Watch either who blogged about it until she actually looked up the Oscar rules:

scores cannot be "diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music."

So basically because there are some material that isn't new the whole thing goes to Hell. That sucks, especially when you hear the score to There Will Be Blood. Even if it was only 2 minutes of original score, it's like nothing I've ever heard before.

And then this begs the question, how did "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from Once get a nom if that song was on two previous albums, The Swell Season, and another Frames album before the movie was made? Don't get me wrong I salivate at the chance of seeing them perform that melody live come Oscar night but still. I don't get it. I remember discussing this very subject with my roomie. She asked if I thought a song from Once would get a nomination. I, assuming all songs must be original material for a film, said only the song, "Once" could qualify. Guess I was wrong.

Can someone explain this to me? Kthanks!


Anonymous said...

Most songs on the Once soundtrack were written for the movie. The movie just took so long to be released (and there was a possibility that it might never be released) that the songs came out on other albums first.

Monique said...

That's interesting because I swore it was the other way around. From various interviews with Glen and John it seemed that the music was written first then John wanted to use some tracks for the film, including "Falling Slowly" and then Glen and Marketa added some more. It's all confusing stuff.

Anonymous said...

WW: Here’s one of those subjects you probably never thought of during the making of this film, but now it could be an important question: In terms of eligibility for Best Song for an Oscar, there are some songs that seem to predate the film. At least they’re on Frames albums. Are there songs that would be eligible for a nomination?

GH: Well, I wrote “Falling Slowly” for John. That’s the one everyone has said would be the most likely – either that one or “If You Want Me,” the song Mar sings coming down the street. Both of those songs are centerpieces to the film, so I guess both of those songs make the most sense.

Jas said...

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