Oscar Nominated Songs

The Academy Award nominations were named today.  In the Best Original Song category, 39 songs were short-listed about a month ago but only two were named today:

“Man or Muppet” from the movie The Muppets
“Real in Rio” from the movie Rio

I’m pulling for “Man or Muppet”, because it was written by the delightful Bret McKenzie.  Bret is best known as being one-half (the runty half) of New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk-parody duo Flight of the Conchords.  Reason enough for me.

But why were only two of the 39 songs chosen for official consideration?  Almost all of the traditional Oscar categories get five nominees.  According to Rolling Stone’s website, due to an obscure Academy rule the sheer number of short-listed songs led to so much vote splitting that only these two songs gained enough widespread support to get on the final nomination list.

In case you’re wondering, here’s the 39-song short-list.  Maybe you saw some of these films this year and remember the music:

“The World I Knew” from African Cats
“Lay Your Head Down” from Albert Nobbs
“Star Spangled Man” from Captain America: The First Avenger
“Collision of Worlds” from Cars 2
“Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu” from DAM999
“DAM999 Theme Song” from DAM999
“Mujhe Chod Ke” from DAM999
“Rainbird” from Dirty Girl
“Keep On Walking” from The First Grader
“Where the River Goes” from Footloose
“Hello Hello” from Gnomeo & Juliet
“Love Builds a Garden” from Gnomeo & Juliet
“Bridge of Light” from Happy Feet Two
“The Mighty Sven” from Happy Feet Two
“Never Be Daunted” from happythankyoumoreplease
“Hell and Back” from Hell and Back Again
“The Living Proof” from The Help
“Coeur Volant” from Hugo
“It’s How We Play” from I Don’t Know How She Does It
“When the Heart Dies” from In the Land of Blood and Honey
“Ja Nao Estar” from José and Pilar
“The Keeper” from Machine Gun Preacher
“Life’s a Happy Song” from The Muppets
“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets
“Pictures in My Head” from The Muppets
“Summer Song” from The Music Never Stopped
“Imaginary Friends” from Olive
“Sparkling Day” from One Day
“Taking You with Me” from Our Idiot Brother
“The Greatest Song I Ever Heard” from POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
“Hot Wings” from Rio
“Let Me Take You to Rio” from Rio
“Real in Rio” from Rio
“Shelter” from Take Shelter
“Gathering Stories” from We Bought a Zoo
“Pop” from White Irish Drinkers
“Think You Can Wait” from Win Win
“The Backson Song” from Winnie the Pooh
“So Long” from Winnie the Pooh

It’s really too bad that “Think You Can Wait” by the National didn’t make the final cut.  It’s a wonderful song that is reminiscent of the tone and spirit of their High Violet record.

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