Can ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Beat ‘Zootopia’ in Animated Feature?

There was quite a bit of shock when “Kubo and the Two Strings” nabbed the second visual effects Oscar nomination for an animated film, the first since “Nightmare Before Christmas” in 1993. Only “Moana” and “Kubo and the Two Strings” were mentioned elsewhere in addition to the Animated Feature category. Best Animated Feature frontrunner, “Zootopia,” on […]

Overdue: Can The Academy Hear Thomas Newman’s Music?

Some of the most overdue Oscar perennials aren’t in the acting categories. In fact, since craft people seem to draw less headlines than Leonardo DiCaprio, for instance, it is not often one hears a rallying cry for an overdue composer. To date, Thomas Newman has been nominated for 14 Oscars. Thirteen came in Best Original […]

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91 Songs In Contention for 2016 OSCAR®

Read the Press Release: LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 91 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2016 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 89th Academy Awards®. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each […]

WATCH: New Behind the Scenes Featurette With Justin Timberlake of ‘Trolls’

As the buzz for “Trolls” builds for its chances for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, DreamWorks Animation have shared a featurette including the highlights from a recent Q&A session with Justin Timberlake and the team behind “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Last month, Justin Timberlake, alon with Max Martin and Johan Schuster (a.k.a. “Shellback”), participated […]

Oscar Circuit: Original Song, Most Competitive Category of the Techs

And with that, we’re off to the races with the precursors. The National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association weighed in with their winners, choosing “Manchester by the Sea,” “La La Land” and “Moonlight” respectively. The acting races have revealed themselves to be quite competitive, with Best […]

OSCARS: Tori Amos Writes Original Song for Netflix’s Upcoming Doc Audrie & Daisy

Read the Press Release: August 29, 2016 – New York, NY – Eight-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tori Amos has written and recorded “Flicker” for the Netflix original documentary Audrie & Daisy, which will be released theatrically in New York and Los Angeles and on Netflix September 23.   “Flicker” will be available on all major digital platforms on Friday, […]

Sia Singing ‘Finding Dory’ End-Credits Song Titled ‘Unforgettable’

BURBANK, Calif. (Friday, May 20, 2016) — Singer-songwriter Sia is on board Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” performing the film’s end-credit song, “Unforgettable.” American songwriter Irving Gordon wrote the song in 1951, and in 1992 won a Grammy® for it when Natalie Cole included the tribute to her late father on her album of duets. “Unforgettable” remains revered […]

P!NK’s New Music Video from Disney’s ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Premieres

P!nk’s (Pink) brand new music video for “Just Like Fire” from Disney’s “Alice Through The Looking Glass” has premiered.  Is it a contender for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards next year?  You judge. Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen Voice Cast: Alan Rickman, Stephen […]

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Oscars: Joe Biden to Introduce Lady Gaga’s Performance of “Til It Happens to You”

The White House confirmed today that Vice President Joe Biden will be attending the Oscars this Sunday. Biden, who will be attending with his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will be on hand to introduce Lady Gaga’s performance of “Til It Happens to You.” The song, which appears in the documentary “The Hunting Ground” that reports […]

2016 Oscar Circuit: Best Original Song

Welcome to our annual Oscar Circuit series, our deep down look into each and every category that will be presented at the upcoming Academy Awards.  Each writer of will tackle a different category, offering up their own perspectives on those specific races.  If you miss a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2016. […]

WATCH: Sam Smith’s Oscar-Nominated “Writings On the Wall” Opening Title Sequence from ‘Spectre’

As Academy members consider the nominations in the category of Best Original Song, audiences can now experience “Writing’s on the Wall,” music and lyrics by Sam Smith & Jimmy Napes, as it was meant to be heard – along with the striking visuals of the title sequence to SPECTRE. Critics’ Choice Nominee and Golden Globe Winner “Writing’s […]

Lady Gaga Set to Perform “Til It Happens To You” at PGA Awards

The Producers Guild of America announced today that singer Lady Gaga will be performing her Oscar- and Grammy-nominated song “Til It Happens To You” at Saturday’s PGA Awards. The song, which was co-written by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren, is featured in Kirby Dick’s documentary “The Hunting Ground.” “The Hunting Ground,” which ultimately failed to […]

INTERVIEW: ‘Creed’ composer Ludwig Göransson Talks the Score

  Rebooting a franchise can be hard, especially when the film you’re making is going to be the seventh in the series.  You want to be somewhat reverential to the franchise proper, but you also want to stake your own claim.  That was the challenge presented to Ludwig Göransson, the Swedish composer to the breakout hit, Creed. […]

Final Predictions for the Golden Globes – Wide Open Races in Both Movies and Television

With SAG set to hand out their nominations this coming Wednesday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce their nominations for the 2016 Golden Globes on Thursday.  This year, more than ever, we’ll be looking at both organizations to get indications of support for certain films and performances.  The HFPA has already corrected certain campaigns […]