News Nuggets: Who are the Oscar frontrunners for Best Original Song?

Kristopher Tapley examines the Oscar race for Best Original Song. He believes “Let It Go” from “Frozen” (sung by Idina Menzel) is the frontrunner. Other strong contenders are “Young and Beautiful” from “The Great Gatsby” (Lana Del Rey), “The Moon Song” from “Her” (Karen O), “Rise Up” from “Epic” (Beyonce), “Atlas” from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (Coldplay), “You and I Ain’t Nothin’ No More” from “The Butler” (Gladys Knight and Lenny Kravitz), and “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” (from U2). Hitfix.

Clayton Davis asks why more film roles are not written for minorities. He says they are often regulated to the annual Tyler Perry movies and that “getting valued works in Hollywood is lower than I’ve ever seen.” All of this is despite the fact that Oscar contenders this year include Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”), Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer (“Fruitvale Station”), and Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey (“The Butler“). Awards Circuit.

Philip Berk profiles Hollywood’s “most bitter and longest-running feud”: the 70-year spat between sisters Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine. Fontaine just turned 96 and won an Oscar as Best Actress for “Suspicion” (1941). Her sister de Havilland is 97 and has two Oscars as Best Actress for “To Each His Own” (1946) and “The Heiress” (1949). Golden Globes.

The official list of Oscar contenders for Best Animated Short is released. Sasha Stone says “Get a Horse!” is the frontrunner and to be sure and see it in 3D. It features the classic Mickey Mouse character with Walt Disney himself doing the voiceover. The National Board of Canada has three eligible shorts: “Gloria Victoria,” “Hollow Land,” and “Subconscious Password.” Awards Daily.

The New York Comedy Festival celebrates 10 years this week with over 175 comedians scheduled to perform. The lineup includes Stephen Colbert, Larry David, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Nick Swardson, and Wanda Sykes. An annual fundraiser benefit called Stand Up for Heroes will feature Bill Cosby, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, and Roger Waters. Variety.

The nominees are announced for the fourth Gotham Independent Film Audience Award. The field includes two scripted features, “12 Years a Slave” and “Fruitvale Station“, and three documentaries: “Best Kept Secret,” “Don’t Stop Believin: Everyman’s Journey,” and “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.” L.A. Times.

Netflix strikes a deal with Disney to be the home for four new live action series. Each program will focus on the Marvel super heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. After each 13-episode series airs, a mini-event called “The Defenders” will unite all the characters. Thompson on Hollywood.

John Oliver is tapped to host the International Emmy Awards in New York on November 25. After much praise as guest host of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” this summer, Oliver has boosted his profile a good bit. J.J. Abrams, creator of “Lost” and “Alias,” will receive the Founders Award. Deadline.

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