Herewith, the Academy Award nominees for Original Song: “In the Deep” from “Crash;” “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle & Flow;” “Travelin’ Thru” from “Transamerica.”
That’s it? In a category that traditionally hosts five nominees, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (simply calling it the Academy makes it sound like we’re on more familiar terms, which we’re not) could only find three songs they liked? Out of hundreds of movies?
Well, that’s just lazy. I’m not going to list any songs I think should’ve been nominated (though really — nothing from “Corpse Bride” or “Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic?”) — I’m going to ask you to do it for me. What songs do you think should’ve filled out those final two spots in the Best Song category?
(I must confess, though, I’m mightily looking forward to the performance of “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp” at the ceremony; I think it deserves to win — it really lifted that movie in an infectious manner. Plus I like the idea of a song praising a pimp receiving such a revered award.)
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