Frog 'S Score Croaks Following Academy Ruling

The music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ruled Randy Newman's score for The Princess and the Frog ineligible for an Oscar. Newman's score for the movie had been included among 81 films on a reminder list of all films eligible for an Oscar nomination, but Daily Variety quoted unnamed sources as saying that the inclusion was "probably an oversight." Under current academy rules, films whose scores are "diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs" may not be nominated. The rule is comparatively recent. Prior to the fade-out of musicals, the Academy had a category for "scoring of a musical picture," which was won by Newman's uncle, Alfred Newman, numerous times, for such films as Camelot, The King and I, Call Me Madam, Mother Wore Tights, and Alexander's Ragtime Band . (Alfred Newman holds the record for the most Oscar nominations, having been nominated every year from 1939 to 1957, then again in 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, and 1971.)

13/01/2010


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