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U2, Pharrell, Karen O Nominated For Oscars

OscarsLately it feels like all we do is fill you in on the latest awards that your favorite musicians are up for. But you know, that’s not such a bad thing. Between the Grammy Awards, BRIT Awards, and People’s Choice Awards, we’ve been seeing some repeat nominees and winners. Take for example U2. They are recent winners of a Golden Globe  for their track “Ordinary Love,” and now they’re up for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category for the same track, which can be heard in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Or how about Grammy nominee Pharrell, who was up for an award for his work on Robin Thicke‘s Blurred Lines, and is now nominated for his songs “Happy” from Despicable Me 2, and “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the movie of the same name? And let’s not forget Karen O whose solo track “The Moon Song” (from Her, and written with director Spike Jonze) faces off with U2 for Best Original Song.

You can check out the full list of nominees below, and let us know in the comments who has your vote.
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The 2013 Oscar Nominations Are Here

Now that the new year is here, it’s time for Hollywood to once again pat itself on the back with a slew of awards shows highlighting the best efforts on and behind cameras in the preceding twelve months. The biggest of these events, The Academy Awards (aka The Oscars), announced their 2013 nominees this morning and you can now read the whole nomination list here on OS. See who is up for a golden statue below, and comment to let us know who you think got snubbed.

BEST PICTURE

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

Lincoln

Les Miserables

Life of Pi

Amour

Django Unchained

Argo

BEST ACTOR

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook

Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Denzel Washington – Flight

Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables

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From Cartoons to Kiwis: What It Takes to Be an Oscar Nominee

Before 2011 came to an end, the Academy Awards released a thirty-nine-song shortlist of prospective nominees for Best Original Song. In the end, however, only two made the final cut: Man or Muppet by Brett McKenzie for The Muppets, and Real in Rio by Sergio Mendez, Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett for the movie Rio.

Now, we here at OurStage understand that there are certain unspoken rules to being nominated for an Oscar; that no matter how good a song or how talented the composer, there will always be certain considerations that are out of the artist’s control. Because as different as this year’s contenders are, there must be something they have in common¦right? So how were the songs chosen? We think we may have a few ideas¦

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Sound And Vision: 10 Things to Look Forward to in 2012 (Featuring Soundgarden, the Stone Roses and Freddie Mercury — Alive Again!)

A US Presidential election, Summer Olympics mania (London’s calling”again!), Rihanna’s film debut (in Battleship, out May 18) and the possible end of the world. Those are a few of the things I won’t be looking forward to in the coming year. Fortunately, music will offer enough thrills to distract us from all that we’d rather forget. Here’s what’s topping my 2012 anticipation list:

1. Madonna makes fiftysomething fabulous all over again. Although I’m curious to hear what Madonna does with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. on the final cut of “Gimme All Your Luvin'” when the single is released the last week of January, that’s not the main reason I’m excited about her upcoming twelfth studio album (due in late March), her first since turning fifty in 2008.  “Masterpiece,” a new song featured in the Madonna-directed W.E. (which goes into wide release on February 3, two days before her Super Bowl XLVI performance) and her reunion with her Ray of Light producer William Orbit, is an achingly beautiful ballad that recalls the best of ’90s Madonna while gently proving that she can still create pop magic all on her own.

2. Madonna vs. Elton John vs. Mary J. Blige vs. Chris Cornell vs. Glenn Close (!) at the Golden Globes. Too bad the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has disqualified Madonna’s “Masterpiece” from competition at the February 27 Oscars. Why? Because it’s the second song featured during the closing credits, and eligible songs must either be in the body of the film, or the tune that plays when the credits start to roll. Oscar’s loss. The January 15 Golden Globes showdown featuring five monsters of pop, rock and soul and acting will be just as star-studded”and as tough to call”as George Clooney vs. Brad Pitt vs. Leonardo DiCaprio vs. Ryan Gosling in Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.

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Sound And Vision: Pop Goes the Previews — The Best and Worst of Fall Movie-Trailer Music

Whoever invented the movie preview must be some kind of genius. Because of them, half the fun of seeing a movie on the big screen is getting there”to the main attraction, that is. It always takes a few good trailers to put me in the mood. But sometimes, if the words don’t get in the way (damn, bad screenplays!), the music does. Too often terrible songs ruin perfectly good trailers”or make bad ones worse.

That said, movie-trailer music has come a long way. For a brief period in the early ’90s, nearly every other one seemed to feature the soothing new-age sounds of Enya floating by in the background. Nowadays we get a larger assortment of musical backdrops (pop, classical, rock, hip hop, techno and, of course, vintage Motown), some of which can actually turn must-avoid into must-see — at least until the coming attraction is over and sensible thinking once again prevails.

Variety, however, hasn’t done away with predictability, and recently, while screening trailers for some upcoming autumn releases, I noticed a few rules at play.

1. No self-respecting Oscar contender stoops to the tops of the pops. David Fincher may have gotten Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails to score The Social Network last year, but he knew better than to use Radiohead’s 1992 hit “Creep” in the trailer. Instead, he used a haunting cover by Belgium’s Scala & Kolacny Brothers. This year, for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (December 21), he punctuates the sneak-peek action not with Led Zeppelin’s classic version of Immigrant Song but with a near-equally exhilariting remake by Reznor and Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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