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Pineapple's Oscar snub

12.17.2008

While James Franco did nab a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, I think even the most fervent PINEAPPLE EXPRESS fan (myself included) would agree that there wasn't much Oscar hope for the film. Except for one lone category: Best Original Song. As you might remember, Seth Rogen lobbied for 80s rockers Huey Lewis and the News to write an original song titled "Pineapple Express" to close out the film. Huey did just that and you can hear that song from the soundtrack here. Sadly though, today the Academy announced the 49 songs that were eligible for Best Original Song and Huey and the "Pineapple Express" theme song were not included. Even "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" is eligible! The qualifications to be nominated are as follows:

To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.

As far as I'm aware, "Pineapple Express" fits all those criteria (it has words and music, was written for the film and is the first music cue in the end credits). So what gives? Can anyone explain why this film isn't even eligible? Not being nominated I can understand but not even eligible? Take a look for yourself at the 49 films deemed worthy in the Academy's eyes...

Extra Tidbit: Huey Lewis and the News were nominated, but did not win, for their BACK TO THE FUTURE song "Power of Love."
Source: JoBlo.com

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5:55PM on 12/18/2008

Wait,

Elliott Smith was nominated for "Miss Misery" in 97 and he didn't write that song for the film. Wouldn't that make it "not eligable"?
Elliott Smith was nominated for "Miss Misery" in 97 and he didn't write that song for the film. Wouldn't that make it "not eligable"?
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12:49PM on 12/18/2008

Sucks but....

“Dracula’s Lament!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“Dracula’s Lament!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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6:15PM on 12/17/2008
I'm banking on Dracula's Lament, or something from REPO! because that movie, no matter how flawed, is amazing.
I'm banking on Dracula's Lament, or something from REPO! because that movie, no matter how flawed, is amazing.
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5:23PM on 12/17/2008
its not news that the this shit is biased.
its not news that the this shit is biased.
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5:12PM on 12/17/2008

If you think HMS3 had the most songs on the list

So did "Repo"

BTW, nodirectionhome, I'm glad the songs "I Need to Wake Up" and "Falling Slowly" won their respective awards. The other three on your list are ripe for discussions.
So did "Repo"

BTW, nodirectionhome, I'm glad the songs "I Need to Wake Up" and "Falling Slowly" won their respective awards. The other three on your list are ripe for discussions.
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5:04PM on 12/17/2008

seriously?

pretty much the whole fucking soundtrack to High School Musical 3 is on there and this one song isn't?
all of HSM's songs are shallow and whoever thinks that shit is oscar material is severly disturbed.
pretty much the whole fucking soundtrack to High School Musical 3 is on there and this one song isn't?
all of HSM's songs are shallow and whoever thinks that shit is oscar material is severly disturbed.
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4:47PM on 12/17/2008
holy shit, do they have enough fucking high school musical on that list of 49? fuck that
holy shit, do they have enough fucking high school musical on that list of 49? fuck that
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1:27PM on 12/17/2008

Not First Cue

The song was catchy and fun, and fit the mood of "PE" quite well, but if I remember proper (and I saw it a three times) the song is not the first cue.
The song was catchy and fun, and fit the mood of "PE" quite well, but if I remember proper (and I saw it a three times) the song is not the first cue.
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1:13PM on 12/17/2008
Compared to Huey's other works and compared to other great original songs this year, "Pineapple Express" really wasn't that great. So I wouldn't have expected it to win anyways.
Compared to Huey's other works and compared to other great original songs this year, "Pineapple Express" really wasn't that great. So I wouldn't have expected it to win anyways.
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12:58PM on 12/17/2008

maybe it's because

the song sucked. ya think?
the song sucked. ya think?
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12:27PM on 12/17/2008
Well I dunno why that song wasn't eligible, maybe they didn't even try to submit it or anything. Anyways, if Springsteen's "The Wrestler" from The Wrestler doesn't win it'll be a goddamn travesty
Well I dunno why that song wasn't eligible, maybe they didn't even try to submit it or anything. Anyways, if Springsteen's "The Wrestler" from The Wrestler doesn't win it'll be a goddamn travesty
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12:13PM on 12/17/2008
This is definitely total bullshit, but what do you expect? They've been doing this kind of thing for years. The Oscars are kind of like an abusive boyfriend. For whatever reason, we love him and suck him off even though he beats us and cheats on us...and doesn't nominate Huey.
Dracula's Lament needs to win to make up for this blasphemy.
This is definitely total bullshit, but what do you expect? They've been doing this kind of thing for years. The Oscars are kind of like an abusive boyfriend. For whatever reason, we love him and suck him off even though he beats us and cheats on us...and doesn't nominate Huey.
Dracula's Lament needs to win to make up for this blasphemy.
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12:13PM on 12/17/2008
"A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition".

Guess that explains why "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp" won.
"A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition".

Guess that explains why "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp" won.
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11:47AM on 12/17/2008

Exactly, fuck the Oscars!

It may be Hollywood's biggest night, but the Oscars are a joke to true movie fans. The only categories that I feel I often agree with the winners are for technical or artistic design. As far as the acting, movie and writing ones go...it's a fucking shit show! Huey doesn't need the Oscar nod, he's been the shit since I saw Back to the Future for the first time!

I'll wait for the Golden Schmoes!!
It may be Hollywood's biggest night, but the Oscars are a joke to true movie fans. The only categories that I feel I often agree with the winners are for technical or artistic design. As far as the acting, movie and writing ones go...it's a fucking shit show! Huey doesn't need the Oscar nod, he's been the shit since I saw Back to the Future for the first time!

I'll wait for the Golden Schmoes!!
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11:14AM on 12/17/2008
Recent snubs: 2004 - 2008
Mick Jagger . Dave Stewart
Old Habits Die Hard - ALFIE
(won-ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER)
Emmylou Harris
A Love That Will Never Grow Old - BROKEBACK MT
(won- ITS HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP)
Bob Dylan
Tell Ol' Bill - NORTH COUNTY
(won-I NEED TO WAKE UP)
Eddie Vedder
Guaranteed - INTO THE WILD (Instead of any one song from this soundtrack, the Academy nominated 3 from ENCHANTED; won-FALLING SLOWLY)

The list above is I stopped watching or taking stock
Recent snubs: 2004 - 2008
Mick Jagger . Dave Stewart
Old Habits Die Hard - ALFIE
(won-ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER)
Emmylou Harris
A Love That Will Never Grow Old - BROKEBACK MT
(won- ITS HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP)
Bob Dylan
Tell Ol' Bill - NORTH COUNTY
(won-I NEED TO WAKE UP)
Eddie Vedder
Guaranteed - INTO THE WILD (Instead of any one song from this soundtrack, the Academy nominated 3 from ENCHANTED; won-FALLING SLOWLY)

The list above is I stopped watching or taking stock in what the "Academy of Motion Pictures" deems to be good !
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10:32AM on 12/17/2008

The academy

can eat shit...seriously...i think they purposely fuck with the cool movie goer guy most of the time...if they were actually cool FIGHT CLUB would have nabbed a best pic nom years ago.
can eat shit...seriously...i think they purposely fuck with the cool movie goer guy most of the time...if they were actually cool FIGHT CLUB would have nabbed a best pic nom years ago.
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9:42AM on 12/17/2008
If "Dracula's Lament" from Sarah Marshal and "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" get nominated, my faith in the Oscars might just be restored.

Sucks about Huey Lewis, though.
If "Dracula's Lament" from Sarah Marshal and "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" get nominated, my faith in the Oscars might just be restored.

Sucks about Huey Lewis, though.
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