Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Oscar Nominees: Best Original Song

My predictions: 3/5, missing the second “Princess and the Frog” second and the one from “Paris 36” (along with every other prognosticator in the universe)
My ballot: 1/5
The nominees: “The Weary Kind” (Crazy Heart), “Take It All” (Nine), “Loin de Paname” (Paris 36), “Almost There” (The Princess and the Frog), “Down in New Orleans” (The Princess and the Frog)

This category brings a number of interesting surprises. Only one of the Golden Globe nominees is preserved, and that was the winner, breaking the five-year curse that had been in place. Out are Paul McCartney and Bono, and in are two tunes from Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” which are decent but hardly anything worthy of comparison to Disney songs from fifteen or twenty years ago. The less loud and showy original song from “Nine” made the cut while the other one didn’t, which is interesting. The final nominee comes from completely out of nowhere, picking a melody from an obscure French film that, in my opinion, isn’t terribly great and certainly not worthy of taking away a prospective nominee like “I See You” from “Avatar.” This lineup does mean that T-Bone should prepare another speech since he’ll likely win this race easily.

My current bet to win: “The Weary Kind”

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