Oscar Presenters Unannounced & Best Song Longlist

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spokesperson Leslie Unger has stated that none of the Oscar 2009 presenters will be announced before the February 22 telecast. In other words, watch the Oscarcast or miss out on Seth Rogen?

Unger was quoted as saying, "There will be fantastic movie stars that appeal to a whole range of movie lovers and fans of our show. Were just not going to tell you who they all are."

Blame the suspense (and potential disappointment in case, say, Danielle Darrieux or Paul Rudd are nowhere to be found during the ten-hour-long show) on Oscar 2009 producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon.

Personally, Im not so sure that keeping everything secret is such a good idea, but who knows? Relatively speaking (by 2009 TV standards), the 2008 Golden Globes which boasted that it would have more stars than there are in the heavens did quite well for its slot this past Sunday, though it was the least watched Globe ceremony since NBC began broadcasting the show in the mid-1990s. Oscar organizers surely need all the help they can get to justify the shows exorbitant ad fees, but will keeping the presenters nameless actually spark any extra interest?

Meanwhile, across the North Atlantic, Jonathan Ross, reportedly the BBCs highest-paid star, has announced that he will host the 2009 BAFTA Awards next month. (The BAFTA nominees will be announced tomorrow.) Several weeks ago, Ross was suspended by the BBC as a result of a tasteless prank involving Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs and his granddaughter, Satanic Sluts member Georgina Baillie.

The 2009 Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 22 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the US, the Oscarcast will be televised live by ABC.

The 2009 BAFTA awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Opera House on Sunday, February 8. In the UK, the show will be televised live by the BBC. Considering the furor over LAffaire Ross, the BAFTA ceremony will likely have a not inconsiderable audience for their 2009 show.

Meet the Oscars Chicago

For the first time, Chicago will host a “Meet the Oscars” exhibit, at which fans will be able to hold an actual Oscar statuette. “Meet the Oscars, Chicago” will open Friday, February 13, at The Shops at North Bridge on Michigan Avenue, and will run through Sunday, Feb. 22, the night of the 2009 Academy Awards ceremony. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Chicago, by the way, is the only city to host a “Meet the Oscars” exhibit this year.

As per the Academy's press release, “Meet the Oscars, Chicago” will feature “a display of Oscars in various stages of completion, as they undergo their intricate, weeks-long manufacturing process. Chicago's own R.S. Owens & Company has manufactured the statuettes each year since 1982. Six of the Oscars on display will be presented at next year's Academy Awards ceremony.”

Also on display will be the statuette that Clark Gable (above, with Claudette Colbert) won for It Happened One Night (1934). (Among the three best actor nominees that year, my vote would have gone to William Powell in The Thin Man; Gable should have won for Gone with the Wind.) In 1996 an anonymous buyer purchased Gable's Oscar at auction for $607,500, and later that year returned the statuette to the Academy. The buyer in question turned out to be Steven Spielberg.

The 2009 Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the US, the Oscarcast will be televised live by ABC.

Photo: Alex Oliveira / © A.M.P.A.S.

Best Song longlist

In December, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencesannounced that forty-nine songs are contending for a spot in the 2009 Academy Awards' Best Original Song category.

Three to five songs will receive a nomination. A maximum of two songs may be nominated per film. If more than two songs from a film end up in contention, the two songs with the most votes will be the nominees. In other words, no five High School Musical 3: Senior Year nominated songs. (Last year, Enchanted received three nominations — all of them in the best song category.)

As per Academy rules, “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 competing songs are, in alphabetical order by song title:

“Another Way to Die” from Quantum of Solace

“Barking at the Moon” from Bolt

“The Boys Are Back” from High School Musical 3: Senior Year

“Broken and Bent” from Role Models

“By the Boab Tree” from Australia

“The Call” from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

“Can I Have This Dance” from High School Musical 3: Senior Year

“Chase the Morning” from Repo! The Genetic Opera

“Chromaggia” from Repo! The Genetic Opera

“The Code of Life” from My Dream

“Code of Silence” from Save Me

“Count on Me” from The Women

“Di Notte” from The Lodger

“Djoyigbe” from Pray the Devil Back to Hell

“Down to Earth” from WALL-E

Dracula's Lament” from Forgetting Sarah Marshall

“Drive” from Fuel

“Forever” from They Killed Sister Dorothy

“High School Musical” from High School Musical 3: Senior Year

“Gran Torino” from Gran Torino

“I Thought I Lost You” from Bolt

“I Want It All” from High School Musical 3: Senior Year

“In Rodanthe” from Nights in Rodanthe

“It Ain't Right” from Dark Streets

“Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire

“Just Getting Started” from High School Musical 3: Senior Year

“Just Wanna Be with You” from High School Musical 3: Senior Year

“Little Person” from Synecdoche, New York

“The Little Things” from Wanted

“A Night to Remember” from High School Musical 3: Senior Year

“Nothing but the Truth” from Nothing but the Truth

“Now or Never” from High School Musical 3: Senior Year

“O Saya” from Slumdog Millionaire

“Once in a Lifetime” from Cadillac Records

“Right Here Right Now” from High School Musical 3: Senior Year

“Right to Dream” from Tennesee

“Rock Me Sexy Jesus” from Hamlet 2

Scream” from High School Musical 3: Senior Year

“The Story” from My Blueberry Nights

“Sweet Ballad” from Yes Man

“Too Much Juice” from Dark Streets

“The Traveling Song” from Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

“Trouble the Water” from Trouble the Water

“Up to Our Nex” from Rachel Getting Married

“Walk Away” from High School Musical 3: Senior Year

“Waterline” from Pride and Glory

“The Wrestler” from The Wrestler

“Yes Man” from Yes Man

“Zydrate Anatomy” from Repo! The Genetic Opera

The 2009 Academy Award nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

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  1. DegreeGirl

    I plan to be there to hold one of those finished Oscars - and to make my acceptance speech. No fun if I can't pretend because this will be as close as I ever get to an Oscar of my own. It will also be fun to see them in various stages of completion. We're the hometown manufacturers and we're just now getting to see them up close and personal? Should have happened years ago.