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All 15 Best Original Song Oscar contenders: Complete list of songwriters includes Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, Troye Sivan, Kendrick Lamar and ??

All 15 Best Original Song Oscar contenders: Complete list of songwriters includes Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, Troye Sivan, Kendrick Lamar and ??
Academy Awards officials released a short list of contenders for Best Original Song on Monday. It was the first time ever that the composers branch has whittled a massive number of entries down to just 15 tunes and announced those names to the public. Top stars are among the songwriters eligible to win an Oscar, including Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, Troye Sivan, Kendrick Lamar and more.

We’ve got the complete list of the songwriters and performers for each of the 15 candidates below. Keep in mind that only the writers would actually be nominated on January 22 for Academy Awards, but you might see some of the performers on stage for the ceremony. Also keep in mind that these are the songwriters listed by the studios on the campaign websites and Fyc materials. There have been times in the past where members of the music branch have ruled some writers ineligible if
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California Community Replaces Stolen Gifts for Soldier's Family

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California Community Replaces Stolen Gifts for Soldier's Family
A California community has taken a holiday heartbreak and turned it into a touching Christmas story. Residents of Lodi, Calif., joined together to replace Christmas gifts and other items stolen from the home of an active-duty soldier just before he returned from Afghanistan. Cpl. Christopher Petrossian was getting ready to surprise his wife, Cheryl, and their two daughters at the Sacramento airport last week when he received a call informing him that their home had been robbed. About $5,000 worth of items, including their gifts and electronic equipment, were taken, ABC News reports. var brightcovevideoid = '2968268153001'; Officer Eric Bradley was
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Dick Van Dyke Honored With 2012 SAG Life Achievement Award; To Be Presented Jan. 27, 2013

Dick Van Dyke, beloved actor, singer, dancer, writer and comedian, will receive SAG-AFTRA.s highest honor . the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Van Dyke will be presented the performers union.s most prestigious accolade, given annually to an actor who fosters the .finest ideals of the acting profession,. at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. Et, 7 p.m. Ct, 6 p.m. Mt and 5 p.m. Pt.

In making today.s announcement, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard said, .Dick is the consummate entertainer — an enormously talented performer whose work has crossed nearly every major category of entertainment. From his career-changing Broadway turn in ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ and his deadpan humor in the Emmy® winning ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ to his unforgettable performance as Bert in ‘Mary Poppins,. he sets a high bar for actors.
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Hans Zimmer’s All-Star Academy Awards® Band Releases “The 84th Academy Awards . Celebrate the Music” Collection on the iTunes Store

A new compilation of music centered around Academy Award®-winning composer Hans Zimmer’s theme for this year’s Oscar® telecast is now available on the iTunes Store. Titled “The 84th Academy Awards . Celebrate the Music,” the collection includes the show’s musical theme plus six unique, inventive interpretations of the theme by other artists, and the “In Memoriam” choral rendition of “What a Wonderful World.”

In addition to both of the 84th Academy Awards music directors . Zimmer and musician/producer/composer Pharrell Williams (of The Neptunes) . the extraordinary group of international artists who contributed their talents includes: percussionist/drummer/composer Sheila E.; Grammy®-winning double bass player/singer Esperanza Spalding; guitarist/composer Stephane Wrembel (“Midnight in Paris”); three-time Oscar-winning composer Giorgio Moroder; two-time Oscar winning composer/musician A.R. Rahman; violin/cello virtuosi Ann Marie Calhoun and Martin Tillman; Dutch hit remixer/composer/electronic musician Junkie Xl; and multiple Grammy-winning British musician/producer Peter Asher.
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