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    There is an official rule for the Oscar’s that says:

    “To be eligible for a nomination (for Best Original Song), a song must be written specifically for the movie in question.”

    The song that i am asking about is “Cut to the Feeling” by Carly Rae Jepsen for the upcoming animated film Leap! (known as Ballerina internationally). However, its been said in many of her interviews that the song was originally written in 2015 for her album, Emotion, (and later was meant to be put on her B-sides EP the following year). The song never made the cut for either albums and was never performed or released until it was picked up by the movie studio and the film had been released internationally.  The song appears in the last minute of the film and into the ending credits.

    All this being said, would the song still be eligible for Best Original Song ?

     

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    Andresg770
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    Based on what I see online about eligibility for this award, the answer’s “probably not,” although the Oscarologists on here might be able to give a better answer.

    One close example I can think of, though, is “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge!. If I remember correctly, it was deemed ineligible for the Oscars (despite being eligible at the Globes) because it was originally written for Baz Luhrmann’s prior film, Romeo + Juliet. And while the song never even made it to R+J, the mere intention was enough to disqualify it.

    But I guess ultimately it might depend on how strict the Academy wants to be about those rules, right?

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    mkygod
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    Hmm, thanks for that interesting bit of information. I’m a fan of “Come what May” as well and surprised to learn it was originally meant for Romeo+Juliet. However, that song was meant for another movie, whereas “Cut to the Feeling” was meant for an album. I don’t know if the Oscars weigh the two thing same, so I feel there is still a little bit of hope. If I can find a more similar precedence, then this would give me a better idea.

    What forum or section would be best to ask?

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    wilfredpickles
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    You could also look at the cases of Falling Slowly from Once and In the Deep from Crash. Those songs were included on albums before being in the movies but were deemed eligible for Oscars because they’d been commissioned by the director or written during production. Based only on what’s been described here I’m thinking Cut to the Feeling probably wouldn’t be eligible.

    However, the Academy was willing to do some investigating in the two cases I mentioned, so maybe they’d do the same thing here.

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    mkygod
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    Thanks for that information. I think that is enough for me to presume that Cut to the Feeling would not be eligible.

    However, it may qualify for a Golden Globes, since “Come What May” was nominated.

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    It would not be elegible considering what you’re saying about the song. The Oscars are very strict on this and it goes way back.

    Even in 1979 (1980’s ceremony), The Rose from the Bette Midler film, won the Globe and would’ve been a very worthy Oscar winner but the Academy asked the performer/writer Amanda McBroom if she had written it for the film and she said no. It was deemed inegible even though it had never been recorded before. She answered honestly.

    That was almost 40 years ago. The Academy has always been this strict.

    Then you have to add the fact that here at GoldDerby we’ve challenged elegibility before (myself and others included) specially at the Emmys and succeeded. This would be easily picked up now that you’ve mentioned it. So even if the studio or Jepsen try to make this happen because it’s an unknown film or situation and nobody would notice within the Academy, somebody would stop them here and in other blogs probably.

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    Forget about Carly Rae Jepsen being nominated for an Oscar. It’s NOT going to happen. As for “Cut to the Feeling” it’s the theme song for MTV’s new show Siesta Key.

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