Best Song & Visual Effects Oscar Contenders: From Kazakhstan to Sinking Ocean Liner

Best Song Borat Sacha Baron Cohen: Kazakhstan Ditty for the Academy Awards?Best Song Oscar contender from Borat: Sacha Baron Cohen stars in Larry Charles' sleeper hit comedy Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, which features the 2007 Oscar-eligible song “O Kazakhstan.”

Another eclectic Best Original Song Oscar longlist: From 'Borat' to Bollywood

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 56 songs – ranging from “My Little Girl” and “Hillbilly Holla” to “Luka Chuppi” and “O Kazakhstan” – will be considered for inclusion in the 2007 Academy Awards' Best Original Song category.

On Jan. 16, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for Music Branch voting members in both Beverly Hills and New York City.

According to the Academy's press release, “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 credit.”

Melissa Etheridge in the running

As to be expected, a number of songs from animated films (Happy Feet, Cars) have been included on the longlist. More surprisingly, so have a handful of ditties from non-English-language films (Deepa Mehta's Water, Zhang Yimou's Curse of the Golden Flower, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Rang De Basanti).

All that and “I Need to Wake Up,” too. Melissa Etheridge's song is heard in Davis Guggenheim's environmentally focused documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

Nominations for the 2007 Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 5:30 a.m. PST in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 2007 Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

Best Original Song Oscar longlist

Below is the list of songs eligible for the 2007 Oscars, in alphabetical order:

  • Believe It,” The Heart of the Game.
  • “The Best,” Everyone's Hero.
  • “The Book I Write,” Stranger Than Fiction.
  • “Broken Bridges,” Broken Bridges.
  • “Chan Chan,” Water.
  • “Circle in the Sand,” Friends with Money.
  • “Coming Back to You,” Deja Vu.
  • “Definition of Love,” Akeelah and the Bee.
  • “Dreamz with a Z,” American Dreamz.
  • “Encarnacion,” Nacho Libre.
  • “Every Word,” Wordplay.
  • Family of Me,” Over the Hedge.
  • “A Father's Way,” The Pursuit of Happyness.
  • “The Girl in Byakkoya - White Tiger Field,” Paprika.
  • “Heist,” Over the Hedge.
  • “Hillbilly Holla,” Barnyard.
  • “Hollywood Familia,” Hollywood Familia.
  • “I Belong,” Open Season.
  • “I Need to Wake Up,” An Inconvenient Truth.
  • “In Rosa Vernat Lilium,” The Nativity Story.
  • “It's a Fight,” Rocky Balboa.
  • “Ju Hua Tai,” Curse of the Golden Flower.
  • “Keep Holding On,” Eragon.
  • “Khalbali,” Rang de Basanti.
  • “Kingdom of Love,” One Night with the King.
  • “Listen,” Dreamgirls.
  • “A Lonely Man,” Don't Come Knocking.
  • “Love You I Do,” Dreamgirls.
  • “Luka Chuppi,” Rang de Basanti.
  • “The Motion,” 3 Needles.
  • “My Little Girl,” Flicka.
  • “Never Gonna Break My Faith,” Bobby.
  • “Never Let Go,” The Guardian.
  • “O Kazakhstan,” Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
  • “Open Your Heart,” Saving Shiloh.
  • “Ordinary Miracle,” Charlotte's Web.
  • “Our Town,” Cars.
  • “Patience,” Dreamgirls.
  • “Philosophy,” Step Up.
  • “PJ & Rooster,” Idlewild.
  • “Quest for Love,” Arthur and the Invisibles.
  • “Real Gone,” Cars.
  • “Really Nice Day,” The Wild.
  • “Shine on 'Em,” Blood Diamond.
  • “The Song of the Heart,” Happy Feet.
  • “Star Mile,” The Last Kiss.
  • “Still,” Over the Hedge.
  • “Suenos,” Hollywood Familia.
  • “Sweet Music,” Glory Road.
  • “Til the End of Time,” Little Miss Sunshine.
  • “Tonight,” Night at the Museum.
  • “Try Not to Remember,” Home of the Brave.
  • “Upside Down,” Curious George.
  • “When You Taught Me How to Dance,” Miss Potter.
  • “Won't Let You Fall,” Poseidon.
  • “You Know My Name,” Casino Royale.
Eragon: Best Visual Effects Oscar contender stars Ed Speleers Sienna GuilloryEragon. Stefen Fangmeier's action fantasy is one of the seven films in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' list of semifinalists for the 2007 Best Visual Effects Oscar; three of them will ultimately be shortlisted in that category. In the Eragon cast: Ed Speleers, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, Garrett Hedlund, Christopher Egan, Best Actor Oscar winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune, 1990), two-time Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee John Malkovich (Places in the Heart, 1984; In the Line of Fire, 1993), and the voice of Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, 2005).

Best Visual Effects Oscar semifinalists

Below is the longish list of seven films still “in consideration” for the 2007 Best Visual Effects Academy Award. They are:

  • Casino Royale.
  • Eragon.
  • Night at the Museum.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
  • Poseidon.
  • Superman Returns.
  • X-Men: The Last Stand.

Apparently, the visual effects found in Guillermo del Toro's fantasy Pan's Labyrinth weren't considered special enough.

On Jan. 17, the Academy's Visual Effects Award nominating committee will watch 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven films.

Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for the 2007 Oscar.

Best Song & Best Visual Effects 'contenders'

As an aside, four of the seven semifinalists listed above are also in the running (or rather, are eligible) for the Best Original Song Oscar: Eragon, Night at the Museum, Poseidon, and, inevitably, the James Bond flick Casino Royale.

As another aside, the 1972 Best Song Oscar winner was from the original 1972 The Poseidon Adventure: Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn's “The Morning After,” sung by Carol Lynley's character (with Renee Armand's voice) and later turned into a Gold record by Maureen McGovern.

The Red Cockatoo Max Riemelt Jessica Schwarz. Emotional + political entanglements in communist DresdenThe Red Cockatoo with Max Riemelt and Jessica Schwarz. The 2006 Marrakech Film Festival's Étoile d'Or winner, Dominik Graf's German political/romantic drama The Red Cockatoo / Der rote Kakadu chronicles the emotional and political entanglements connecting a youth (Marrakech Best Actor winner Max Riemelt), his love interest (Jessica Schwarz), and her husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) in communist-ruled Dresden in the early 1960s.

Marrakech Film Festival winners: German romantic drama tops

The 2006 Marrakech Film Festival came to a close on Dec. 9.

Dominik Graf's German drama The Red Cockatoo / Der Rote Kakadu, a love story set in 1961 Dresden, won the Étoile d'Or (Golden Star) for Best Film. The film's male lead, Max Riemelt, was named Best Actor. Jessica Schwarz costars.

The Grand Jury Prize went to Romanian filmmaker Radu Muntean's political drama The Paper Will Be Blue / Hîrtia va fi albastrã, about a soldier who changes sides during Romania's bloody 1989 revolution.

French-Senegalese actress Fatou N'Diaye was the Best Actress winner for her performance as a Rwandan waitress who happens to fall in love right at the time of the Hutu genocide in Robert Favreau's Canadian drama A Sunday in Kigali / Un dimanche à Kigali.

Roman Polanski & Martin Scorsese

More than 120 films were screened at the Marrakech festival, including 15 entries that competed for the Étoile d'Or. Franco-Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski acted as president of the Official Competition jury.

Among the film professionals honored with career tributes during the festival's nine days were American actress Susan Sarandon, Bollywood stars Kajol and Ajay Devgan, Egyptian filmmaker Tawfiq Salah, Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke, and Moroccan actor Mohamed Majd (the domineering Muslim patriarch in Le Grand Voyage).

Additionally, a retrospective of about 50 films – arranged by American director Martin Scorsese – covered 60 years of Italian cinema.

Patrice Leconte's comedy My Best Friend / Mon meilleur ami, starring Daniel Auteuil and Julie Gayet, was the closing night gala screening.

Marrakech Film Festival Awards

The 2006 Marrakech Film Festival winners were announced at the Palais des Congrès on Dec. 9. The festival ran Dec. 1–9.

The Golden Star – Grand Prix: The Red Cockatoo / Der Rote Kakadu (Germany).

Jury Prize: The Paper Will Be Blue / Hîrtia va fi albastrã (Romania).

Best Actor: Max Riemelt for The Red Cockatoo (Germany).

Best Actress: Fatou N'Diaye for A Sunday in Kigali / Un dimanche à Kigali (Canada).

Kajol Mukherjee-Devgan.
Ajay Devgan.
Mohamed Majd.
Tewfik Salah.
Susan Sarandon.
Jia Zhangke.

Official Competition Jury:

  • Filmmaker Roman Polanski (President, France / Poland).
  • Actress Sandrine Bonnaire (France).
  • Actress Maria de Medeiros (Portugal).
  • Actor, writer, and producer Jamel Debbouze (France).
  • Director and screenwriter Pan Nalin (India).
  • Director and screenwriter Yousry Nasrallah (Egypt).
  • Actress Ludivine Sagnier (France).
  • Actress Paz Vega (Spain).
  • Actor David Wenham (Australia).

Marrakech Film Festival film line-up

Below are the 2006 Marrakech Film Festival's Official Competition films:

A Casa Nostra, Francesca Comencini (Italy).

Be Ahestegi…, Maziar Miri (Iran).

Before We Fall in Love Again, James Lee (Malaysia).

Bobby, Emilio Estevez (United States).

Casa de Areia / House of Sand, Andrucha Waddington (Brazil).

Dek Hor / Le Pensionnat, Songyos Sugmakanan (Thailand).

Der Rote Kakadu / The Red Cockatoo, Dominik Graf (Germany).

Hîrtia va fi albastrã / The Paper Will Be Blue, Radu Muntean (Romania).

Il a suffi que maman s'en aille… / Mommy's Departure Was Enough…, René Féret (France).

Las Vidas de Celia / The Lives of Celia, Antonio Chavarrías (Spain).

Mon frère se marie / My Brother Is Getting Married, Jean-Stéphane Bron (Switzerland / France).

Prag / Prague, Ole Christian Madsen (Denmark).

Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali, Robert Favreau (Canada).

Wake-Up Morocco, Narjiss Nejjar (Morocco).

WWW - What a Wonderful World, Faouzi Bensaïdi (France / Morocco / Germany).


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website.

Marrakech Film Festival website.

Image of Sacha Baron Cohen in potential Best Song Oscar contender Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan: 20th Century Fox.

Eragon image: 20th Century Fox.

Image of Jessica Schwarz and Max Riemelt in the 2006 Marrakech Film Festival's Best Film winner The Red Cockatoo: Seven Pictures.

Ten Canoes image: Palace Films.

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