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Year after year, the Academy's music branch finds new and inventive ways to dismay fans and pundits alike, and they were on rare form this year: from disqualifying Cliff Martinez's acclaimed original score for "Drive" on a vague technicality to somehow finding only two nominees for Best Original Song (a record low), they made it clear to all observers that both their qualifying and voting rules are in sore need of tuning. Joe Reid offers a pointed but cool-headed diagnosis of just what's gone wrong in the music races, criticizing the grading process that allows branch members to effectively vote against songs, while allowing that movie songs are no longer "part of the fabric of American pop music." And I heartily co-sign his Best Adapted Score suggestion. [NPR]
Detractors beware: adorable video footage of the "Artist" team receiving the news of their Oscar nominations. Seems Bérénice Bejo is a Terrence Malick fan. [The Film Experience]
For Tim Gray, many of this year's Oscar nominees are linked by a common theme of identity crisis. [Variety]
The International 3D Society (no, me neither) is to honor documentary Oscar nominee "Pina" with a special jury prize. [Business Wire]
Finally, Vulture maps the geography of past Oscar nominees. Turns out being set in New York City is a distinct advantage... unless, of course, we're talking about "Shame." [Vulture]
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