Thursday, December 22, 2011

OSCAR WATCH: The Songs

One of the most difficult Oscar categories to predict is Best Original Song. This is largely due to a nomination system that effectively allows you to vote against a song. In determining the nominees, the Academy members are shown clips of how the songs are used in the film. Alternatively, a lot of songs appear only in the closing credits, which would seem to put them at a disadvantage. Based on the Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominations, there seem to be 7 prime contenders for that final Oscar shortlist:

"Hello Hello" by Elton John and Lady Gaga, Gnomeo and Juliet (check out the clip below)
"The Living Proof" by Mary J. Blige, The Help
"Life's A Happy Song" by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter, The Muppets (check out the clip below)
"Man or Muppet" by Jason Segel and Walter, The Muppets
"Pictures In My Head" by the Muppets, The Muppets
"Lay Your Head Down" by Sinead O'Connor, Albert Nobbs
"The Keeper" by Chris Cornell, Machine Gun Preacher





My personal favourite is "The Living Proof" and you can't go wrong with the Muppets. I also wouldn't mind seeing Elton John and Lady Gaga on the Oscar stage. I really hope they include the song performances.

2 comments:

  1. Ugh, The Muppets thoroughly bored me...but the music is lovely. Am I a Man? Am I a Muppet?

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