Original Song from Up in the Air Won't Be Eligible for an Oscar
Why does this seem to happen every year? Steve Pond over at The Wrap reports that the song titled "Up in the Air" that plays in Jason Reitman's new film Up in the Air will most likely not end up getting Oscar consideration (even though it deserves it) because of some ridiculous rules that are a part of the Original Song category. Since most people haven't seen Up in the Air yet, the song plays in the end credits second half. It was written by Kevin Renick, a St. Louis musician who gave Reitman the song on a cassette tape after a Q&A. He had written it when he lost his job and it fit perfectly in the film and Jason decided to use it.
You may remember last year during Oscar season there were a few big controversies in various music categories. First, The Dark Knight score encountered problems because of some technicality in its notes. Second, the original song "The Wrestler" written by Bruce Springsteen for Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler got snubbed last year for no real reason when they only announced a total of three nominees in the Original Song category, two of which were for Slumdog Millionaire. The year before that, the Academy disqualified the title song from John Carney's Once because they claimed it had been written before the movie and not for the movie. That was thankfully cleared up and the song then went on to win the Oscar that year.
Apparently Kevin Renick's "Up in the Air" was written years before the movie existed, which immediately (and sadly) disqualifies it. Additionally, "an end-credits song is eligible for a nomination only if it's the first piece of music heard during the credits, whereas Renick's song comes midway through the credits." Some of these rules seem a bit archaic and unnecessary and will really upset fans of Up in the Air and that song. Kris Tapley of In Contention thinks that another song called "Help Yourself" by Brad Smith that plays in the middle of Up in the Air also may get nominated. I really hope that's the case - both songs are wonderful.