There are many, many changes to the typical formula planned for this year’s Oscar ceremony and while most are still top secret, the odd few have been leaking out. Courtesy of Peter Gabriel, for example, we know that the Best Song nominations will be performed only in a medley.
On a video on his site – linked below the break – Gabriel announces that he won’t be appearing at the ceremony as he’s not convinced that his song, Down to Earth from Wall-E, will work as a short excerpt. Instead, Gabriel says that he hopes The Soweto Gospel Choir will perform on his behalf. You can hear him discuss this around the “8:04 remaining” count.
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The 51st Annual Grammy Awards are in progress, and the movie awards were front loaded.
The soundtrack for Fox Searchlight’s Juno won a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack, beating out American Gangster, August Rush, Mamma Mia and Sweeney Todd.
James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer took home a trophy for Best Score for The Dark Knight, beating out Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, There Will Be Blood and Wall-E.
And the Grammy for Best Motion Picture Song went to Thomas Newman and Peter Gabriel for “Down to Earth” from Pixar’s WALL-E, beating out Carrie Underwood’s Ever Ever After from Enchanted, John Mayer’s Say from The Bucket List, Amy Adams’ That’s How You Know from Enchanted and John C Reilly’s Walk Hard from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. As much as I loved WALL-E, I still think the Newman/Gabriel song is overrated, and would have liked to see Amy Adams of John C Reilly walk away with a Grammy, but alas, I don’t get to vote in the Grammys.