One of the most perplexing Oscar categories is certainly Best Original Song. The previous rules (voters were basically allowed to vote against a song) have resulted in some strange nominations in the past. For instance, last year we only ended up with 2 nominees. It's also very difficult to know which songs the Academy members will like. Back in 2008-2009 awards season, Bruce Springsteen's song for "The Wrestler" seemed like a shoo-in for Oscar glory after winning both the Critics Choice and Golden Globe awards. In the end, it didn't even get an Oscar nomination. Thankfully, the rules have changed and we are now guaranteed a field of 5 nominees. Here are some of the songs that have already picked some buzz with precursor awards:
"For You" by Keith Urban - Act of Valor
"Learn Me Right" by Birdy and Mumford & Sons - Brave
"Not Running Anymore" by Jon Bon Jovi - Stand Up Guys
"Skyfall" by Adele - Skyfall
"Still Alive" by Paul Williams - Paul Williams Still Alive
"Suddenly" by - Les Miserables
I've been slowly going through the full list of the 75 songs in contention for Oscar nominations. Let me know of your personal favourites in the comments, along with which songs you think I should keep my eye on. From the ones listed above, I'm partial to "Skyfall" and I'm curious about "Suddenly".