The song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from the Disney film Encanto is one of the most popular songs to ever be released from an animated movie musical, but it has no chance at winning an Oscar.
The song, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, just reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the second-highest charting song in Disney history, behind only “A Whole New World” from Aladdin.
While the track seemingly is a shoo-in for Best Original Song at the 2022 Oscars, the song has no chance at winning the award.
Click inside to find out why…
The deadline for film studios to submit songs for consideration was November 1, 2021, a few weeks before Encanto hit theaters. Instead of submitting “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” Disney decided to submit the song “Dos Oruguitas.” Clearly, they didn’t know how big of a hit the song would become!
Variety reports, “No more than two songs from any one film by the exact same writers may be shortlisted. If more than two songs from a film by the exact same writers are in contention, the two songs with the most votes will advance to the shortlist. However, no more than two songs from any one film, regardless of writers, may be nominated for the original song award.”
Many studios decide to submit just one song per movie to make sure they don’t risk splitting votes with themselves.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has already released the short-list of the 15 songs that are still in the running for the Best Original Song category. You can see them all below!
“So May We Start?” from “Annette” – Ron Mael, Russell Mael (Sparks) “Down To Joy” from “Belfast” – Van Morrison “Right Where I Belong” from “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road” – Brian Wilson, Jim James “Automatic
A version of this story about Ron and Russell Mael and “Annette” first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine.As Edgar Wright’s documentary “The Sparks Brothers” makes clear, the Los Angeles-based brothers Ron and Russell Mael have had a long and strange run as the hugely influential, intermittently successful and purposely elusive band Sparks.
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