ETA 11.28: one more just surfaced (when can these come out in HQ please?)
Plus, here's a new interview from Australia.
And here are the two LA Times blog articles about HSM3's Oscar hopes: 1, 2. While I think it is insulting of Disney to offer it up as Best Picture bait, I do actually think there is a decent chance they'll get at least one song nomination.
No matter how much the plot is lacking, you can't shrug at the $210+ million it's made globally... making it the fourth most successful musical globally (ahead of Hairspray) and even without the forthcoming $10+ mil. coming from Australia when that market opens. It is the most successful non-Broadway-originating musical ever and the biggest musical opening ever. The songs admittedly aren't AMAZING! but they are decent and at times very clever with good orchestration. Plus, they are integrated into the plot (unlike the end credit songs of all the other pictures). And most adults I've seen this movie with think it is very cute and sweet, despite their preconceived notions against it as a kid's movie and/or musical.
Although I still wonder why Disney didn't put a little more effort into both plot and song? Did the plot suffer from the writer's strike? Why didn't they get Alan Menken involved on songs?
The question is which song has the best chance? Like the LA Times blogger, I have an inkling it will be I Want it All... with its insider showbiz references and amazing set design. This is great but of course, I'd rather have Zac singing at the Oscars than the Tizz. A Night to Remember is also perhaps the most unique of the HSM3 songs plus it is cleverly integrated into the movie as a transition from so-called reality into the play rehearsal; the lyrics are funny and the dancing is amazing and it is a group number -- all bonuses. Can I Have This Dance is my least likely, mostly because of the weakness of the vocals. Vanessa's singing is often too nasally and Zac's singing (for whatever reason) is too affected in his verse. Both sound too processed. But the dancing on the rooftop might capture the voter's eye and the orchestration is very rich. Scream, I think is more likely than CIHTD but I'm not totally sure about it. It serves the plot and emotional conflict well with meaningful text... and Zac's voice is very good in it. The effects are visually rich and it is definitely high energy and intense. Much less laughable than Bet on It (thank god). So what will it be and can they win?
I think they could win only for the fact that all of these songs work better in the movie than they do on the soundtrack. Previous best song winners haven't always been the best song of the bunch but instead what works best in the movie. So who knows? Either way I hope they get one or even better two noms so we get to see the cast performing live at the Oscars (SAG strike withstanding).