Friday, February 13, 2009

Peter Gabriel Pulls Out of Oscar Performance

Peter Gabriel Pulls Out of Oscar Performance

A part of the Academy's fiddling with the Oscar Award show this year has meant trimming down performances of the Best Song nominees. They did promise some surprises afterall.

Instead of full performances of all 3 songs, there was to be a medley comprised of each. Gabriel said he was only offered 65 seconds for an arrangement of his song "Down to Earth" from Wall*E. Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood has the full story including Gabriel's letter to AMPAS.

I have had no problem with the running time of the Oscars. Why people cry about it being 4 hours or more is beyond me. I'm pretty sure everyone can work a remote control. Well, the show's producers have sought to shorten the show down to 3 hours....and apparently the music category is going to suffer for it.

I definitely support Peter Gabriel's move. Don't let them dis your music that way. If it was good enough to be nominated, it's good enough to be its totality. The last thing the soundtrack genre needs now is to be marginalized even further by the mainstream.

I can't wait for next year when they relegate the BEST ORIGINAL SCORE Award to the untelevised Scientific and Technical Award Presentation.

I guess we'll have to settle for a two song medley from SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. Perhaps they'll allow for more songs to be nominated next year...and hope that more than 1 artist will be willing to hack up their music for the show.

Hope you all are happy with your shorter Award show this year.

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