And the Oscar Goes To…

In Academy Awards, awards, Hear this, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Singing, Songwriting, Try this, You HAVE to on March 4, 2010 at 6:00 am

All this week the nominees for Best Original Song have been featured here on the blog.  The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers.

So why talk about it here – what does it have to do with Nashville or music? “Music can be the most important part of a film to support feelings like sadness, joy, pain, tension, triumph, suspense, intrigue, patriotism, danger, fright, folly or fury,” says Mark Doty.  Naturally, even though Music City doesn’t have a booming film industry, this town can always appreciate a good song and agree that music is the soundtrack to life, as well as the icing on a “movie cake”.

Nashville has some of the best songwriters around – passionate musicians that compose original music on a daily basis.  A good song has four components says Nashville writer Pete Warren, “… melody, lyric, structure, and theater.  It is theater that makes a good song, a hit!”  Some songwriters, when they write a song, consider the video… what would be happening right now if a video were going to accompany this song? Likewise, the nominations for best song have to be written for the movie and with the plot/characters in mind.  They have to have great lyrics, melody, structure, and take you on a journey – the theater element.

In just a few days the suspense will cease, but for now what do you think?  There are two polls below – one for who you THINK should win and one for who you PREDICT will win in the category of best original song.  Place your votes and share today’s blog so others can weigh in!

2010 Nominees (see full Oscar details):

  • “Almost There” The Princess and the Frog (view/hear song)
    Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  • “Down in New Orleans” The Princess and the Frog (view/hear song)
    Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  • “Loin de Paname” Paris 36 (view/hear song)
    Music by Reinhardt Wagner
    Lyric by Frank Thomas
  • “Take It All” Nine (view/hear song)
    Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
  • “The Weary Kind” Crazy Heart (view/hear song)
    Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

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