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Academy to Stage Concert for 2014 Oscar-Nominated Songs and Scores

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! July 11, 2013 at 2:04PM

On February 27 in 2014, three days before the 86th annual Academy Awards is telecast on March 2, the Academy will host a concert showcasing the year's Oscar-nominated original songs and scores. The concert will be held at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.
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On Thursday, February 27 in 2014, three days before the 86th annual Academy Awards telecast on March 2, the Academy will host a concert showcasing the year's Oscar-nominated original songs and scores. The concert will be held at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.

This is a first for the Academy, which year after year has tried to integrate the musical performances in an inventive way. Though the concert is currently not slated to be televised, it remains unknown whether or not songs will be dropped from the telecast altogether. The Academy anticipates that the nominated musicians will perform the songs themselves.

Governors of the music-branch told Variety that "a symphony orchestra of Los Angeles studio musicians will perform a suite from each score of up to 10 minutes in length. Subject to availability, each original composer will conduct his or her own work." The Academy also aims to have composers and directors onstage together to discuss their creative collaboration.

The final Oscars submission date for original score and original song eligibility is December 2. Recently, the Academy invited 276 new members to join. Members can now vote in all 24 categories, including score and song.

This article is related to: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Academy Awards


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