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Emmy Nominations’ Oscar Favorites: Al Pacino and Helen Mirren in Phil Spector.

Emmy Nominations’ Oscar Favorites

Ramon Novarro biography Beyond Paradise

The 2013 Emmy nominations were announced earlier today by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. As usual, there was a whole array of movie people nominated, including many with Academy Award pedigree.

Those include Best Actor Oscar winner Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman) and Best Actress Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen), in the running for, respectively, Best Actor and Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Phil Spector; Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), a Best Actress in a Drama Series nominee for Bates Motel (itself related to the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho); and Best Actor Oscar winner Michael Douglas (Wall Street) and Best Original Screenplay Oscar winner Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting), both up for the Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Emmy for their performances in Behind the Candelabra – which also earned Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) an Emmy nod.

Here are a few more: two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty), a Best Actor in a Drama Series nominee for House of Cards; two-time Oscar winner Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, California Suite), a Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominee for Downton Abbey; and two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda (Klute, Coming Home), up for the Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for The Newsroom. (Coincidentally, Smith and Fonda’s second Academy Award wins took place at the same Oscar ceremony, 1979.)

Here are a few more Academy Awards and 2013 Emmy Awards connections: Sigourney Weaver, Laura Dern, Don Cheadle, Ellen Burstyn, Alfre Woodard, Laura Linney, Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Imelda Staunton, Richard LaGravenese, Jane Campion, Melissa Leo, Joan Cusack, David Fincher, Julian Fellowes, and Alec Baldwin. And let’s not forget Alan J. Pakula’s Best Picture Oscar nominee All the President’s Men, as All The President’s Men Revisited is in the running for an Emmy for Best Documentary Or Nonfiction Special.

Emmy nominations

The Emmy 2013 winners will be announced on Sunday, September 22. Below is a partial list of this year’s Emmy nominees. The full list, which includes dozens and dozens of categories, can be found on the ATAS website.

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Nathan Lane, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Rupert Friend, Homeland
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Harry Hamlin, Mad Men
Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game Of Thrones
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
Linda Cardellini, Mad Men
Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
Joan Cusack, Shameless

Best Host For a Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Jane Lynch, Glee
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
Will Forte, 30 Rock

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Molly Shannon, Enlightened
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Melissa Leo, Louie
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

Best Writing For a Drama Series
George Mastras, Breaking Bad • Dead Freight
Thomas Schnauz, Breaking Bad • Say My Name
Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey • Episode 4
D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, Game Of Thrones • The Rains Of Castamere
Henry Bromell, Homeland • Q&A

Best Writing For a Comedy Series
David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes
Louis C.K., Story & Teleplay by Pamela Adlon, Louie
Greg Daniels, The Office
Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock, 30 Rock
Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock

Best Directing For a Drama Series
Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire
Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad
Jeremy Webb, Downton Abbey
Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland
David Fincher, House Of Cards

Best Directing For a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, Girls
Paris Barclay, Glee
Louis C.K., Louie
Gail Mancuso, Modern Family
Beth McCarthy-Miller, 30 Rock

Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum
Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra
John Benjamin, The Big C: Hereafter
Peter Mullan, Top Of The Lake

Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum
Imelda Staunton, The Girl
Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Charlotte Rampling, Restless
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias

Best Writing For a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Richard LaGravenese, Behind the Candelabra
Abi Morgan, The Hour
Tom Stoppard, Parade’s End
David Mamet, Phil Spector
Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, Top Of The Lake

Best Directing For a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Steven Soderbergh, Behind the Candelabra
Julian Jarrold, The Girl
David Mamet, Phil Spector
Allison Anders, Ring of Fire
Jane Campion and Garth Davis, Top Of The Lake

Best Reality-Competition Series
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Best Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Saturday Night Live
Real Time With Bill Maher

Best Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Behind the Candelabra
The Bible
Phil Spector
Political Animals
Top of the Lake

Best Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang
Modern Family

Best Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men

Best Documentary Or Nonfiction Special
All The President’s Men Revisited
Crossfire Hurricane
Death And The Civil War (American Experience)
Manhunt: The Inside Story Of The Hunt For Bin Laden

Best Documentary Or Nonfiction Series
The Abolitionists (American Experience)
American Masters
The Men Who Built America
Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman

Best Animated Program
Bob’s Burgers
Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness
Regular Show
The Simpsons
South Park

Al Pacino, Helen Mirren in Phil Spector movie photo: HBO.

Alex Gibney Academy Board of Governors
Alex Gibney.

Alex Gibney, more women: Academy’s new Board of Governors members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the names of the 2013-2014 Board of Governors contingent. As per the Academy’s press release, ten first-time governors have been elected this time around. Besides, eight current Board of Governors members have been reelected and one previous member is coming back. This year’s election increased the Academy’s Board of Governors from 43 to 48 members.

The Academy’s release adds that AMPAS’s “16 branches, including the recently created Costume Designers Branch, are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. For the first time, the Make-Up Artists and Hairstylists Branch is represented by three governors; the branch was previously represented by one.”

First-time Board of Governors members

The first-time governors are:

  • Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God), Documentary;
  • Rick Carter (Forrest Gump, Lincoln) and Jan Pascale (Argo, Anchorman: The Legend Continues), Designers Branch;
  • Judianna Makovsky (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Deborah Nadoolman (Raiders of the Lost Ark, An American Werewolf in London), Costume Designers Branch;
  • Amy Pascal, Executives Branch;
  • Lynzee Klingman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Beaver), Film Editors;
  • Kathryn Blondell (J. Edgar, Django Unchained) and Bill Corso (The Amazing Spider-Man, John Carter), Make-Up Artists and Hairstylists;
  • Nancy Utley, Public Relations.

Reelected Board of Governors members

The reelected governors are the following: Ed Begley, Jr., Actors Branch; John Bailey, Cinematographers; Kathryn Bigelow, Directors; Charles Fox, Music; Robin Swicord, Writers; Richard Edlund, Visual Effects; Jon Bloom, Short Films and Feature Animation; Curt Behlmer, Sound. Additionally, representing the Producers Branch, Mark Johnson is returning to the board after a hiatus.

Board of Governors members not up for reelection

Board of Governors members not up for reelection and who continue to serve on the board are the following: Annette Bening and Tom Hanks, Actors Branch; Jim Bissell, Designers; Richard P. Crudo and Dante Spinotti, Cinematographers; Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Designers; and Lisa Cholodenko and Michael Mann, Directors.

Also: Michael Apted and Rob Epstein, Documentary; Dick Cook and Robert Rehme, Executives; Mark L. Goldblatt and Michael Tronick, Film Editors; Leonard Engelman, Make-Up Artists and Hairstylists; Arthur Hamilton and David L. Newman, Music; and Gale Anne Hurd and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers.

And finally: Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Rob Friedman, Public Relations; Bill Kroyer and John Lasseter, Short Films and Feature Animation; Don Hall and Scott Millan, Sound; Craig Barron and John Knoll, Visual Effects; and Bill Condon and Phil Alden Robinson, Writers.

Alex Gibney photo via the bfi website.

Emma Thompson Pierce Brosnan The Love Punch
Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson in The Love Punch.

Toronto Film Festival dates & movies

The Toronto Film Festival 2013 dates are September 5 to 15. The Opening Night Gala film is Bill Condon’s bound-to-be-controversial The Fifth Estate, which is not a belated sequel to Serge Leroy’s The Fourth Power / Le 4ème pouvoir. Instead of the Power of the Press – which seems to have gone the way of the 20th century (unless you consider the Royal Baby an epoch-making event) – The Fifth Estate is about the Power of Technology: the Wikileaks scandal that embarrassed (and infuriated) the U.S. government and military by exposing their dirty dealings.

Ramon Novarro biography Beyond Paradise

Written by Josh Singer, The Fifth Estate stars Star Trek: Into Darkness’ Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, in addition to Laura Linney, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, Moritz Bleibtreu, Peter Capaldi, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Carice van Houten, Stanley Tucci, and Dan Stevens.

The Toronto Film Festival’s Closing Night Gala movie is another American production: Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime. Adapted by Schechter himself from a book by Elmore Leonard, Life of Crime revolves around two ex-cons whose kidnapping of a real-estate developer’s wife doesn’t come off quite as planned. The Life of Crime cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, John Hawkins, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Mos Def, and Charlie Tahan.

Toronto Film Festival 2013 world premieres

As to be expected, the 2013 Toronto Film Festival’s world and North American premieres consist chiefly of English-language movies with Academy Award potential – or at least those hoping to create some sort of (North American) awards-season buzz. Those include John Wells’ August: Osage County, starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Juliette Lewis; John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs; Joel Hopkins’ romantic caper comedy The Love Punch, with Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan; and Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, another bound-to-be-controversial entry, with Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela in his freedom-fighting (and blowing up) days, and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela.

Also: Denis Villeneuve’s crime drama Prisoners, with Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard, and Viola Davis, and Melissa Leo; Jonathan Teplitzky’s World War II-set The Railway Man, with Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, and Jeremy Irvine; Ron Howard’s racing-car drama Rush, with Chris Hemsworth (as James Hunt), The Fifth Estate‘s Daniel Brühl (as Niki Lauda), Olivia Wilde, and Alexandra Maria Lara; and Ralph FiennesThe Invisible Woman, with Fiennes as Charles Dickens, plus Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott Thomas.

On the non-English-language movie front, there are Bertrand Tavernier’s Quai d’Orsay, with Thierry Lhermitte and Jane Birkin; Martin Provost’s biopic Violette, with Emmanuelle Devos as controversial author Violette Leduc (lesbianism in Ravages, incest in Le Taxi), Sandrine Kiberlain as Simone de Beauvoir, and Olivier Gourmet as gay businessman (and Leduc’s object of desire) Jacques Guérin; and The Fourth Power star Nicole Garcia’s Going Away / Il est parti dimanche, featuring veteran Dominique Sanda. And notable among the Toronto Film Festival’s North American premieres are Abdellatif Kechiche’s 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color, with Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, and Paolo Sorrentino’s Palme d’Or contender The Great Beauty.

A couple of movies notably absent from the 2013 Toronto Film Festival line-up (so far) are Susanne Bier’s Serena, which reunites Silver Linings Playbook‘s Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, and David Michôd’s The Rover, starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce. Maybe those movies aren’t ready yet. Or perhaps they’re headed to the Venice Film Festival? The Venice lineup will be announced on July 25.

Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan The Love Punch photo: Toronto Film Festival 2013.

12 Years a Slave Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.

Toronto Film Festival Movie Lineup

Among the Toronto Film Festival’s World and North American premieres are director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Giamatti; Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club, with Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, and Griffin Dunne; Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, with Reese Witherspoon, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Stephen Moyer, Dane DeHaan, Colin Firth, Elias Koteas, Alessandro Nivola, Bruce Greenwood, Amy Ryan, and Martin Henderson; and Sylvain Chomet’s Attila Marcel, which is supposed to be an homage to Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton, featuring Guillaume Gouix, Anne Le Ny, Bernadette Lafont, and Hélène Vincent.

See Toronto Film Festival 2013 lineup below.

Toronto Film Festival: World premieres

12 Years a Slave, Dir: Steve McQueen, USA

All Is By My Side, Dir: John Ridley, United Kingdom

The Art of the Steal, Dir: Jonathan Sobol, Canada

Attila Marcel, Dir: Sylvain Chomet, France

August: Osage County, Dir: John Wells, USA

Bad Words, Dir: Jason Bateman, USA

Belle, Dir: Amma Asante, United Kingdom

Can a Song Save Your Life?, Dir: John Carney, USA

Cannibal (Caníbal), Dir: Manuel Martín Cuenca, Spain / Romania / Russia / France

Dallas Buyers Club, Dir: Jean-Marc Vallée, USA

Devil’s Knot, Dir: Atom Egoyan, USA

Dom Hemingway, Dir: Richard Shepard, United Kingdom

The Double, Dir: Richard Ayoade, United Kingdom

Felony, Dir: Matthew Saville, Australia

The Fifth Estate, Dir: Bill Condon, USA

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales, Dir: Jasmila Zbanic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Going Away (Il est parti dimanche), Dir: Nicole Garcia, France

The Grand Seduction, Dir: Don McKellar, Canada

Half of a Yellow Sun, Dir: Biyi Bandele Nigeria / United Kingdom

Hateship Loveship, Dir: Liza Johnson, USA

Ida, Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland

The Invisible Woman, Dir: Ralph Fiennes, United Kingdom

Labor Day, Dir: Jason Reitman, USA

Life of Crime, Dir: Daniel Schechter, USA

The Love Punch, Dir: Joel Hopkins, France

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Dir: Justin Chadwick, South Africa

One Chance, Dir: David Frankel, USA

Prisoners, Dir: Denis Villeneuve, USA

Quai d’Orsay, Dir: Bertrand Tavernier, France

The Railway Man, Dir: Jonathan Teplitzky, Australia / United Kingdom

The Right Kind of Wrong, Dir: Jeremiah Chechik, Canada

Starred Up, Dir: David Mackenzie, United Kingdom

Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon, Dir: Mike Myers, USA

Third Person, Dir: Paul Haggis, Belgium

Those Happy Years (Anni Felici), Dir: Daniele Luchetti, Italy

Violette, Dir: Martin Provost, France / Belgium

Visitors, Dir: Godfrey Reggio, USA

Le Week-End, Dir: Roger Michell, United Kingdom

You Are Here, Dir: Matthew Weiner, USA

North American premieres

American Dreams in China, Dir: Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Hong Kong / China

Cold Eyes, Dir: Cho Ui-seok and Kim Byung-seo, Korea

The Lunchbox, Dir: Ritesh Batra, India / France / Germany

Rush, Dir: Ron Howard, United Kingdom / Germany

Blue Is the Warmest Color (La Vie d’Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2), Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche, France

Burning Bush, Dir: Agnieszka Holland, Czech Republic

Gloria, Dir: Sebastián Lelio, Chile / Spain

Gravity, Dir: Alfonso Cuarón, USA / United Kingdom

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza), Dir: Paolo Sorrentino, Italy

L’intrepido, Dir: Gianni Amelio, Italy

Joe, Dir: David Gordon Green, USA

Like Father, Like Son, Dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda, Japan

Man of Tai Chi, Dir: Keanu Reeves, USA / China

Mary, Queen of Scots, Dir: Thomas Imbach, France / Switzerland

Night Moves, Dir: Kelly Reichardt, USA

Omar, Dir: Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine

Only Lovers Left Alive, Dir: Jim Jarmusch, USA

Parkland, Dir: Peter Landesman, USA

The Past (Le Passé), Dir: Asghar Farhadi, France / Italy

Philomena, Dir: Stephen Frears, United Kingdom

Real, Dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan

Tracks, Dir: John Curran, United Kingdom / Australia

Under the Skin, Dir: Jonathan Glazer, USA / United Kingdom

Walesa. Man of Hope (Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei), Dir: Andrzej Wajda, Poland

We are the Best! Dir: Lukas Moodysson, Sweden

Young and Beautiful (Jeune & jolie), Dir: François Ozon, France / Belgium

International premieres (screened only in home country before festival)

Kill Your Darlings, Dir: John Krokidas, USA

Exit Marrakech, Dir: Caroline Link, Germany

Mystery Road, Dir: Ivan Sen, Australia

Pioneer, Dir: Erik Skjoldbjærg, Norway

Canadian Premieres

Don Jon, Dir: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, USA

Shuddh Desi, Dir: Romance Maneesh Sharma, India

Work in Progress

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her, Dir: Ned Benson, USA

Chiwetel Ejiofor in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave photo: Toronto Film Festival 2013.

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Best Original Song and Best Original Score Oscar 2014 live concert

In 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will sponsor a live concert featuring the nominees in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories. The source for this information is not an Academy press release, but an internal email from Music Branch governors Charles Fox (Nine to Five, Little Darlings), Arthur Hamilton (Zero Hour!, Madron), and David Newman (The Nutty Professor, Behaving Badly) that found its way into the inbox.

The Academy’s concert is to be held at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood on Thursday, Feb. 27 ’14, three days before the March 2 Oscarcast. As per the Academy’s email, “a symphony orchestra of Los Angeles studio musicians will perform a suite from each score of up to 10 minutes in length. Subject to availability, each original composer will conduct his/her own work. We’re planning for brief onstage conversation with composers and their directors about the process of creating music for motion pictures. Regarding the performance of songs, it is our hope that either the original artists or the songwriter(s) will perform their own songs live.”

As per TheWrap‘s Steve Pond, the live concert, which may become an annual event, is not expected to be televised. Pond adds that “a person familiar with the AMPAS Board of Governors’ thinking” said “it was too early to tell” whether or not the 2014 Oscar ceremony will feature performances of the nominated songs. In other words, the Academy’s Best Original Song / Best Original Score concert may end up as the musical version of the Governors Awards, which rid the Oscar ceremony of Honorary Oscar, Irving G. Thalberg Award, and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award non-celebrity recipients such as James Earl Jones, Lauren Bacall, Roger Corman, Oprah Winfrey, The Godfather cinematographer Gordon Willis, and (no-show) Jean-Luc Godard.

Ramon Novarro biography Beyond Paradise

Best Original Song nominees not always performed at Oscar ceremony

“This past Oscar show featured all five of the nominated songs for the first time in a number of years,” the Academy letter reads. “That was a welcome return for the importance that original songs have always had in films.”

Actually, at the 2013 Oscar ceremony, only one of the five Best Original Song nominees was performed in full, as its own number. That’s when Adele sang “Skyfall” from the James Bond movie of the same name. Additionally, host Seth MacFarlane performed Ted‘s “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” as part of his schtick, while Hugh Jackman sang segments from the Les Misérables song “Suddenly.” The other two nominees, “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi and “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, were heard only briefly.

Since the mid-1940s, only three times in Academy Award history have performances of the Best Original Song nominees been totally left out of the Oscar ceremony: 1989 (the winner was Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run” from Working Girl), 2010 (the winner was Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett’s “The Weary Kind,” from Crazy Heart), and 2012 (the winner was Bret McKenzie’s “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets).

Adele Oscar photo: Bryan Crowe / © A.M.P.A.S.

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