Animated tunes vie for Oscars’ 2011 playlist

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Oscar Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Oscar Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences

Thir­teen songs from six ani­mated or partly ani­mated films are among the 39 tunes from eli­gi­ble feature-length motion pic­tures in con­tention for nom­i­na­tions in the Orig­i­nal Song cat­e­gory for the 84th Acad­emy Awards, the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences announced Monday.

The orig­i­nal songs include “Col­li­sion of Worlds” from Cars 2; “Hello Hello” and “Love Builds a Gar­den” from Gnomeo & Juliet; “Bridge of Light” and “The Mighty Sven” from Happy Feet Two; “Life’s a Happy Song,” “Man or Mup­pet” and “Pic­tures in My Head” from The Mup­pets; “Hot Wings,” “Let Me Take You to Rio” and “Real in Rio” from Rio; and “The Back­son Song” and “So Long” from Win­nie the Pooh.

On Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 5, the Acad­emy will screen clips fea­tur­ing each song, in ran­dom order, for vot­ing mem­bers of the Music Branch in Los Ange­les. Fol­low­ing the screen­ings, mem­bers will deter­mine the nom­i­nees by an aver­aged point sys­tem of voting.

If no song receives an aver­age score of 8.25 or more, there will be no nom­i­nees in the cat­e­gory. If only one song achieves that score, it and the song receiv­ing the next high­est score shall be the two nom­i­nees. If two or more songs (up to five) achieve that score, they shall be the nominees.

A DVD copy of the song clips will be made avail­able to those branch mem­bers who are unable to attend the screen­ing and who request it for home view­ing. A mail-in bal­lot will be provided.

Under Acad­emy rules, a max­i­mum of two songs may be nom­i­nated from any one film. If more than two songs from a film achieve a score of 8.25 or more, the two songs with the high­est scores will be the nominees.

To be eli­gi­ble, a song must con­sist of words and music, both of which are orig­i­nal and writ­ten specif­i­cally for the film. A clearly audi­ble, intel­li­gi­ble, sub­stan­tive ren­di­tion of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.

The 84th Acad­emy Awards nom­i­na­tions will be announced live at 5:30 a.m. on Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 24 in the Academy’s Samuel Gold­wyn Theater.

Acad­emy Awards for out­stand­ing film achieve­ments of 2011 will be pre­sented Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 26 at the Kodak The­atre at Hol­ly­wood & High­land Cen­ter, and tele­vised live by ABC. The Oscar pre­sen­ta­tion also will be tele­vised live in more than 225 coun­tries worldwide.

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