Oscar-Nominated Songs Will Not Get Spotlight on Academy Awards Telecast

News   Oscar-Nominated Songs Will Not Get Spotlight on Academy Awards Telecast
 
Don't expect a Maury Yeston show tune to be performed on the March 7 telecast of the Academy Awards. Deadline.com is reporting that the broadcast's executive producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic are not giving the five nominated Best Original Songs a spotlight.

The five songs — including Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Yeston's "Take It All" from "Nine" — will not get production numbers, according to Deadline.com, but "music from those songs will be interspersed with footage from each movie to provide more context." The trim comes in a year when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has doubled the number of Best Picture nominees (there are ten), which will eat up more time than ever in what is usually a three-hour-plus broadcast.

The news, not officially announced by the Academy, is ironic given that Shankman is a choreographer known for his film version of "Hairspray."

Yeston's competition in the category (Music – Original Song) is two songs by Randy Newman ("Almost There" and "Down in New Orleans") from "The Princess and the Frog"; a number from "Crazy Heart" ("The Weary Kind" by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett); and "Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36" (music by Reinhardt Wagner, lyric by Frank Thomas).

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