Nominees for best original song will be performed this year at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Today, producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced the artists who will perform the nominated songs on the Kodak Theatre stage on Oscar Night.
Disney will see both of its nominated songs, ‘I See the Light’ from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Tangled and ‘We Belong Together’ from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 presented by their original performers.
Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore will be reprising their roles as Flynn Rider and Rapunzel as they perform ‘I See the Light’ while being accompanied by co-nominee Alan Menken on piano, while Randy Newman will perform ‘We Belong Together.’
Other nominees and performances include: Gwyneth Paltrow performing ‘Coming Home’ from Country Strong; and A.R. Rahman and Florence Welch will perform ‘If I Rise’ from 127 hours.
The nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards have been announced this morning and, once again, it’s up to the Disney/Pixar champion UP to bring home the gold (statuettes) for The Walt Disney Company.
For top prizes, UP is competing for both Best Animated Film as well as Best Motion Picture of the Year, in the newly expanded category. Other nominated categories include: Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) for which Michael Giacchino has already received numerous awards and accolades for; Achievement in Sound Editing; and another top category for Original Screenplay.
Another strong contender from Walt Disney Animation Studios is The Princess and the Frog which takes UP head on in the Best Animated Film category as well as being nominated twice in the Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) category with Randy Newman’s Almost There and Down in New Orleans.
Just in time for the exclusive engagement of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog in Los Angeles and New York City beginning this week, the soundtrack for the film has been unleashed. With a series of hits and misses over the past 15+ years and Disney taking breaking from its Menken safety net, how does ‘newcomer’ Randy Newman fare for the first Disney Princess in a decade?
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Walt Disney’s newest animated feature, The Princess and the Frog (opening nationwide December 11), celebrates the music of New Orleans with big jazzy numbers and an unforgettable score composed by the Academy Award winning Randy Newman.
Featuring performances by New Orleans’ own Dr. John, the film’s Anika Noni Rose, Jim Cummings, Keith David, Michael Leon-Wooley, and Jenifer Lewis, with performances on trumpet by Terence Blanchard as well as multi-Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo, this is one album you’ll definitely want to get your hands on when it’s released on November 23.
We are thrilled to announce that our friends at Walt Disney Records have joined us in celebrating the release of the soundtrack and film by offering five lucky Stitch Kingdom fans their own copy of the soundtrack autographed by the soundtrack’s composer, music legend Randy Newman!
Composer Randy Newman and the Classic Sounds of New Orleans Celebrated on New Walt Disney Records Soundtrack The Princess and the Frog
BURBANK, Calif. — Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack for The Princess and the Frog, available digitally and in stores on November 23, 2009. The Princess and the Frog marks the return to traditional hand-drawn 2D animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements, with music by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman. The Walt Disney Pictures film takes place in New Orleans, whose sounds of jazz, Zydeco, blues and Gospel present the perfect musical setting for the film. Multi-platinum, 3-time Grammy Award-winning Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo contributes “Never Knew I Needed,” the featured end credit song of the film. The soundtrack features performances by Dr. John, the film’s Anika Noni Rose, Jim Cummings, Keith David, Michael Leon-Wooley, and Jenifer Lewis, with performances on trumpet by Terence Blanchard.
Ne-Yo made headlines one year ago when his most recent RIAA platinum album Year Of The Gentleman debuted at the top of the Soundscan and UK national charts. The album went on to generate a league-leading total of five Grammy Award nominations – with its #1 R&B smash single “Miss Independent” winning in the Best R&B Song (songwriters award) and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance categories. Year Of The Gentleman followed up Because Of You (released May 2007), which won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and In My Own Words (February 2006) – both of which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
Academy Award® Winner Randy Newman is one of America’s greatest singer-songwriters and film composers. He began writing songs as a teenager and became known for his caustic wit and wry turn-of-phrase. This sense of humor and ironic sense of timing has proved the perfect match for film. Beginning with 1995’s Toy Story, Newman’s work for Walt Disney has helped to create such beloved films as Monsters, Inc, Toy Story 2 and 3, Cars, and A Bug’s Life. Nominated an impressive 17 times, Newman won an Oscar® in 2002 for “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc.
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical The Princess and the Frog, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.