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The Oscars unsung heroes: Best Original Song

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 02:08

Feb. 28 - With all-star nominees and some drama of its own, the race for the original song Oscar is proving to be this year's most entertaining. Joel Flynn listens in.

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All the talk around this year's Academy Awards might be on the best film, but all ears are closely trained on the best original song. It's an all-star category, with nominees including global rock icons, one of R&B's most famous producers and songwriters, and a Broadway power couple. And, says The Hollywood Reporter's Matthew Belloni, it's one of the most competitive races ever. SOUNDBITE: The Hollywood Reporter Executive Editor, Matthew Belloni, saying (English): "You've seen U2 on 'Jimmy Fallon' talking about their Oscar nomination, you see Pharrell doing party after party trying to promote this song from 'Despicable Me 2,' I think what the interesting thing is here, they're all going to lose to the Disney movie." That song, "Let It Go" has become a YouTube sensation. Written by Broadway husband-and-wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Disney movie song has clocked up over 100 million YouTube views. SOUNDBITE: The Hollywood Reporter Executive Editor, Matthew Belloni, saying (English): "The movie is going to make a billion dollars, it's in the tradition of the grand Disney musicals, I think voters are going to look at that, and they're acknowledge, and they're going to say 'this movie is successful in part because of this one song,' and they're going to vote for it." But, unlike Pharrell Williams, not everyone is happy with the competition. Just weeks after it was announced, the Academy revoked the nomination of "Alone Yet Not Alone" due to improper campaigning. That was after a former Academy governor involved in the film had pushed for attention towards it. SOUNDBITE: The Hollywood Reporter Executive Editor, Matthew Belloni, saying (English): "That's a no-no, you can't do that in the Academy, they're OK with parties and commercials and all of the other stuff, but you can't directly solicit people to vote for your movie." But even with one song out in the cold, this year's competition still looks hotter than ever.

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The Oscars unsung heroes: Best Original Song

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 02:08