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.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Life of Pi
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Denzel Washington – Flight
Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
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¦
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.
- No one wants to take care of drunk Christina Aguilera, so the cops do
- Paul McCartney’s going to compose a ballet score, which is a good option because no one wants to see him in a leotard
- Justin Timberlake didn’t win an Oscar, so now he’s sulking back into the studio
- All hail the future prince of Leon
- Listen to the new Strokes B-side track. Its…different.
- Liam Gallagher tells Radiohead to go f— themselves
- The Killers’ drummer to record solo album, but more importantly, The Killers to do one-off shows this summer
- Charlie Sheen is crazy and we like it
- Katy Perry just can’t stay away
- RIP Eddie Kirkland
- Just watched the new Lady Gaga video. Suck it, west coasters. And also, we get it Gaga, you look good naked.
- Selena Gomez’s Wikipedia page better watch its back
- Kid Cudi jumps on the independent label bandwagon
- Trent Reznor gears up for second release from project with his wife, How to Destroy Angels. How romantic.
- We’re beginning to think Britney Spears’ official method of release is now limited to sneaks, leaks and snippets
- Another hooligan arrested for smokin’ the reefers
- Willow Smith is quite the “21st Century Girl”
- British band Muse to make their first ever whole album in the UK. Did we miss something?