What? We just don’t get it…Even with some of the changes to the rules over the last few years, why are only three tunes nominated for Best Song for the Academy Awards when there are easily five that are worthy?
To recap: the three best song nominees are:
“Down to Earth,” “Wall-E” (Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman)
“Jai-Ho,” “Slumdog Millionaire” (A.R. Rahman, Gulzar)
“O Saya,” “Slumdog Millionaire” (A.R. Rahman, Maya Arulpragasam a.k.a. MIA)
All three are worthy. Let’s get that out of the way. The obvious, glaring snub here is Bruce Springsteen’s “The Wrestler.” The heat was so strong on that one, especially after the Golden Globe win, that many pundits, including myself, already had Springsteen clearing space on the mantel for his second Oscar following “The Streets of Philadelphia.” We bet a certain someone in New Jersey is pissed.
We’re not saying it was a great year for music in movies-it wasn’t-but the Academy voters could have nominated a few other worthy contenders including “Once in a Lifetime” from “Cadillac Records” or even “Decode” from “Twilight” if they were looking for a song that really tied in with the movie.
We’re all for avoiding nominating pleasant tripe like ‘I Thought I Lost You” from “Bolt” or the pedestrian title song from “Gran Torino,” but this is just ridiculous. There are plenty of songs from last year that match the “quality” (cough, cough) of some past nominees. Call us crazy, but a few of those songs from “High School Musical 3” were extremely catchy pop songs, We’re not saying they should have been nominated, but we wonder if “HSM3” was dismissed out of hand. Also, though every one else hated it, we liked “Another Way to Die” from “Quantum of Solace.”
This marks the third time that the Academy has only seen fit to nominate three songs; it happened previously in 1988 and 2005. Last year the rules were changed so no more than three songs could be nominated from any one picture, as had occurred four times previously, including with 2007’s “Enchanted.” Maybe Oscar voters misunderstood the rule and thought only three songs total could be nominated now.
We’ll give our predictions for best song and look as the best score nominees as it gets closer, but right now we have to go take that line out of our Hitfix review of Springsteen’s new “Working on a Dream” that calls “The Wrestler” a “shoo-in” for Oscar for best song. Oops.