Disney Animation is facing a challenging decision as they prepare to select a song from their upcoming feature film “Wish” for submission in consideration of the Oscars. The Oscars’ submission deadline is set for November 1, which falls several weeks ahead of the film’s scheduled release date of November 22. This situation presents a potential conundrum similar to the one Disney Animation encountered in 2022 with the film “Encanto.”
In 2022, when the Oscar nominations for Best Original Song were announced, “Encanto” received a nomination for its ballad “Dos Oruguitas.” However, the incredibly popular song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” was not nominated, despite becoming one of Disney Animation’s biggest hits, spending five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The reason behind this omission was Disney Animation’s decision not to submit “Bruno” for consideration. This choice was made before the November 1, 2021 submission deadline, which occurred a few weeks before “Encanto” was released and before “Bruno” gained widespread popularity. While the filmmakers and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote both songs, defended their decision, it left many wondering about the potential outcome if “Bruno” had been submitted. (Ultimately, “Dos Oruguitas” lost the Oscar to Billie Eilish and Finneas for the title theme song from “No Time to Die.”)
This year, Disney Animation faces a similar dilemma with “Wish,” a film that tells the story of how Disney’s wishing star came to be. The studio must decide which song or songs to enter for Oscar consideration well in advance of the movie’s release date.
Jennifer Lee, Disney Animation’s chief creative officer and a writer and executive producer of “Wish,” acknowledges the challenge and mentions that the studio has not yet had the discussion with its music team. She explains that because “Wish” is released late in the year, they will need to make choices soon, but they also plan to release the soundtrack earlier to give people a chance to hear the music, which may help inform their decision.
During a recent presentation, Disney Animation introduced four songs from “Wish,” including “Welcome to Rosas,” “This Wish,” “I’m a Star,” and “This is the Thanks I Get.” However, three additional songs and a reprise have not yet been unveiled, including a duet between the characters Asha and Magnifico, as well as an end credits song performed by Julia Michaels.
While the Motion Picture Academy’s rules do not mandate that Disney submit only one song for consideration, the studio has opted to do so in recent years. However, this year’s decision remains under discussion. Peter Del Vecho, producer of “Wish,” acknowledges the challenge of choosing among several standout songs in the film. The concern is not wanting to split the vote among multiple entries, so the studio aims to pick the song that will resonate most with the audience.
Regardless of the decision, working with Julia Michaels on the music for “Wish” was a rewarding experience for Jennifer Lee, as Michaels brought a deep love for Disney musicals and collaborated effectively with the performing artists to elevate the storytelling. The film offers a return to classic elements like the “villain song” and the “talking animals song,” making it an exciting project for fans.
In conclusion, Disney Animation faces a difficult choice in selecting a song for Oscars consideration for “Wish,” and the decision-making process is ongoing.
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