Awards Season music

84th Academy Awards: Original Song

There’s only two contenders up for original song this year, and both are from family movies.

MAN OR MUPPET from THE MUPPETS (Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie)

This song was used as the official music video for the film and was performed by Jason Segel and Walter the muppet.

The Muppets Original Soundtrack available on Walt Disney Records and more information is on their official site.

You can also download the sheet music and read an Observer profile on Jason Segel here.

REAL IN RIO from RIO (Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown / Lyric by Siedah Garrett)

In the film, this song is divided in two parts: the first is played in the opening sequence and the second is sung in the penultimate ย scene of the film. (On the soundtrack, the song is complete).

Unfortunately, they don’t seem to have made the full track officially available, so I’ve included the promotional 2 minute clip that the studio released on YouTube back in the Spring.

The official website for Rio is here and you can download the score from the iTunes store here.

>ย Official Oscar site
> Explore past winners of Best Original Song at Wikipedia


UK Cinema Releases: Friday 8th April 2011


Rio (20th Century Fox): An animated comedy-adventure about tropical birds, focusing on Blu, a rare macaw who travels to Rio to find a partner. Directed by Carlos Saldanha, it features the voices Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway and George Lopez. [Nationwide / U] [Trailer] [Reviews]

Mars Needs Moms (Walt Disney): One of the biggest flops in recent Hollywood history is this animated film about a young boy who gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians take her away. Directed by Simon Wells, it features the voices of Seth Green and Joan Cusack. [Nationwide / PG] [Trailer] [Reviews]

The Roommate (Sony Pictures): Thriller about a college student who finds herself in danger after she’s assigned to a dorm room with a new roommate. Directed by Christian E. Christiansen, it stars Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester and Cam Gigandet. [Nationwide / PG] [Trailer] [Reviews]

Tomorrow, When the War Began (Paramount): Action-adventure about a group of teenagers who fight back after their country is invaded. Directed by Stuart Beattie, it stars Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood and Lincoln Lewis. [Nationwide / 12A] [Trailer] [Reviews]

Thank You (UTV Communications): A Bollywood romantic comedy about a pretty, young girl tennis player falls in love with a playboy. Stars Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Anees Bazmee. [Selected cinemas]


Rubber (Optimum Releasing): Cult film about a killer tire, directed by Quentin Dupieux and starring Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida and Jack Plotnick. [Selected cinemas / 15]

Armadillo (Soda Pictures) Acclaimed documentary from director Janus Metz Pederson about a group of Danish soldiers in Afghanistan. [Selected cinemas / 15]

Before The Revolution (BFI): Re-release for Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1964 film starring Francesco Barilli and Adriana Asti. [Selected cinemas]

Cold Fish (Third Window Films): Japanese film directed by Sion Sono about a muderous fish-breeder. Stars Asuaka Kurosawa, Denden, Hikari Kajiwara and Megumi Kagurazaka. [Key Cities / 18]

> Get local cinema showtimes at Google Movies or FindAnyFilm
> UK DVD & Blu-ray releases for Monday 4th April 2011, including The Man Who Fell To Earth, The American and Somewhere