Saturday, February 27, 2010

Best Original Song Oscar Nominees

The 82nd Academy Awards go down a week from tomorrow (Sunday, March 7, 8pm/5pm Pacific on ABC). The show-runners recently announced that the historically over-lengthy telecast would this year eschew live performances of the nominees for the Academy Award for Music (Original Song), ostensibly to cut down on running time but most likely due to the lack of Beyoncé-caliber superstars involved in any of the five nominated songs to draw more viewers to this year's Battle of the Exes*. But never fear, Vertigo Shtick is here! And today I present to you each of the five nominated tunes so you can listen and judge for yourself. After all, it is really the only category on which the majority of viewers can usually make their own educated shouts of "WHAT?! What the %#$^&(@ were those %#&$&%$@ers thinking?" or (neither as commonly nor as satisfyingly) "Yep, those good ol' Academy voters sure know what they're doing!"

Which one do you think should take home the Oscar? Listen to them with the playlist below, and share your vote in the poll atop the sidebar to the right!

And the nominees for Best Original Song are:
  • "Almost There" from The Princess and the Frog; music and lyrics by Randy Newman.
  • "Down in New Orleans" from The Princess and the Frog; music and lyrics by Randy Newman.
  • "Loin de Paname" from Paris 36; music by Reinhardt Wagner, lyrics by Frank Thomas.
  • "Take It All" from Nine; music and lyrics by Maury Yeston.
  • "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from Crazy Heart; music and lyrics by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.

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