AND THE NOMINEES ARE...... Being named an Oscar nominee is the result of a campaign that all but rivals a run for high political office.
As Hollywood held its collective breath awaiting this year's nominations on January 16th, here's what was happening behind the Academy's door.
The nomination process ---known as The Race---kicked off on November 2013. That's when film distributors, studios and publicists began to move heaven and earth to get their films seen by the Academy and its 6000-odd members.
This can run the gamut from special screening events to ruthless no-holds-barred buttering-up of Academy voters who can make or break a film's chances. It's blatant. Yet arguable that the keen antics of aspiring Oscar-winners are out of the control of the Academy. So, all's fair.
The Academy's members are split into fifteen branches or
professions within the industry---from actors to makeup artists and beyond. The members of these branches vote for nominees within their own category; directors for directors, writers for writers, etc.
Majorly, the nominations are made remotely, after the members have viewed DVDs sent to them by the Academy or attended cinema screenings and other events to inform their decisions.
Members start voting by December 17th, with their decisions sent either electronically or by mail to PricewaterhouseCooper
to be counted and verified securely.
Nominees who came out on top were announced on January 16th at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. As for now, it's just a matter of waiting until March 2nd when the suspense will be broken and we'll hear recurring requests for The Envelope, Please! BEST ORIGINAL SONG?IT'S AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT NOTE TO HIT! That's because Academy Award rules for this category often spell disqualification for many that seem like sure things.
For example, a song should be original and specifically written for a motion picture. There must be a clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyrics and melody.
The Best Song From a Motion Picture Award was introduced
by the Academy in 1934. Here, in reverse chronological order, is a list of the ten best that made the cut.
And here are the 2013 Oscar frontrunners for
- 2012 - Skyfall from Skyfall
- 2002 - Love yourself from 8 Mile
- 1997 - My Heart will Go On from Titanic
- 1983 - Flashdance from Flashdance
- 1970 - Evergreen from A Star Is Born
- 1971 - Shaft from Shaft
- 1969 - Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head from Butch Cassidy and The SunDance Kid
- 1942 - White Christmas from Holiday Inn
- 1939 - Over The Rainbow from Wizard of Oz
- 1936 - The Way You Look Tonight from Swing Time
Best Original Song.
- Let It Go from Frozen
- Young & Beautiful from The Great Gatsby
- Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
- The Moon Song from Her
- You Ain't Nothin No More from The Butler