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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Awards Watch: Playing Their Song

The music branch of the Academy has released the (not so) short list of the movie tunes eligible for this year's Best Original Song Oscar. And of the 49 songs that qualify for the next round of voting, 22% are from High School Musical 3: Senior Year. That's right, Disney submitted every single original song from their tweener hit (including "I Want it All", pictured), 11 total. However, unlike in previous years, only two songs per movie can be nominated due to new rules in effect this year.

Other Disney tunes making the cut include two from Bolt (which means the phrase "Miley Cyrus, Academy Award nominee" could become a reality ... shudder), "Down to Earth" from WALL-E and "The Call" from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Also short-listed are such musical oddities as "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" from Hamlet 2, "Dracula’s Lament” from Forgetting Sarah Marshall and three rocking arias from Repo! The Genetic Opera, any of which (if nominated) will make for an interesting production number. I vote that Oscar host Hugh Jackman play Sexy Jesus, how about you?

See the comments section below for a quick look at the finalists.

UPDATED: Film Experience has collected sound bites from most of the eligible songs, including (double shudder) Clint Eastwood croaking out "Gran Torino".


  1. “Another Way to Die” from “Quantum of Solace”

    “Barking at the Moon” from “Bolt”

    “The Boys Are Back” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”

    “Broken and Bent” from “Role Models”

    “By the Boab Tree” from “Australia”

    “The Call” from “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”

    “Can I Have This Dance” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”

    “Chase the Morning” from “Repo! The Genetic Opera”

    “Chromaggia” from “Repo! The Genetic Opera”

    “The Code of Life” from “My Dream”

    “Code of Silence” from “Save Me”

    “Count on Me” from “The Women”

    “Di Notte” from “The Lodger”

    “Djoyigbe” from “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”

    “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E”

    “Dracula’s Lament” from “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”

    “Drive” from “Fuel”

    “Forever” from “They Killed Sister Dorothy”

    “High School Musical” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”

    “Gran Torino” from “Gran Torino”

    “I Thought I Lost You” from “Bolt”

    “I Want It All” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”

    “In Rodanthe” from “Nights in Rodanthe”

    “It Ain’t Right” from “Dark Streets”

    “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire”

    “Just Getting Started” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”

    “Just Wanna Be with You” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”

    “Little Person” from “Synecdoche, New York”

    “The Little Things” from “Wanted”

    “A Night to Remember” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”

    “Nothing but the Truth” from “Nothing but the Truth”

    “Now or Never” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”

    “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire”

    “Once in a Lifetime” from “Cadillac Records”

    “Right Here Right Now” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”

    “Right to Dream” from “Tennesee”

    “Rock Me Sexy Jesus” from “Hamlet 2”

    “Scream” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”

    “The Story” from “My Blueberry Nights”

    “Sweet Ballad” from “Yes Man”

    “Too Much Juice” from “Dark Streets”

    “The Traveling Song” from “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”

    “Trouble the Water” from “Trouble the Water”

    “Up to Our Nex” from “Rachel Getting Married”

    “Walk Away” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”

    “Waterline” from “Pride and Glory”

    “The Wrestler” from “The Wrestler”

    “Yes Man” from “Yes Man”

    “Zydrate Anatomy” from “Repo! The Genetic Opera”

  2. Not that I'm a fan of hers, but the crack about Miley Cyrus is as bad as saying "Academy Award winner Prince", "Academy Award nominee Jon Bon Jovi", "Academy Award winners Peter Allen and Christopher Cross", "Academy Award nominee Aimee Mann" or "Academy Award nominee Jack White". Just because she is overexposed as Hannah Montana does not mean it isn't a good song. It has to be better than the craptastic "Another Way to Die".

  3. Point taken, but have you heard the song? It's completely forgettable and was obviously done to get Miley an Oscar nod. And I'm not even mentioning the fact that she sings it with John Travolta ...

    The other song from "Bolt", "Barking at the Moon", is certainly more deserving of the recognition. Plus, it's actually in the movie, not just played over the end credits.

    - kch


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