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Excited about the Oscars? So am I.

This year's Oscar nominations for best song are: Dreamgirls, dreamgirls, and dreamgirls.
Sad, huh? The two other nominations, Melissa Etheridge's "I Need To Wake Up" and Randy Newman's "Our Town," just aren't going to make it.
While I could argue merits of having three songs from the same movie, I'd rather just say: What is Melissa Etheridge doing on this list? First of all, when I saw "An Inconvenient Truth" that song ruined what could have been a substantially more poignant moment in the movie by over-sentimentalizing it. Secondly, it's a country song. All bets off, we know immediately the reason it got on the list at all is because the folks over at the Academy want to show that they know what down home "real americans" listen to, the reason it's in the movie. Please, save your patronization of everyone who's doesn't live in LA for a different occasion.

Melissa Etheridge - I Need To Wake Up

The Oscar nominated scores are usually more honest, thank goodness. Babel, admittedly, is my favorite score of the five nominees, but The Queen, while more traditionally classical, also has me crossing my fingers. Not that it would kill anyone if Phillip Glass won.
NPR gives samples from Notes on A Scandal, Pan's Labyrinth, The Good German, The Queen, and Babel.

My general prediction about who's going to win it all: Babel
....meanwhile, Hank Stuever wonders about the film industry's need to make itself look concerned about issues of world poverty, genocide, war, etc. His case in point: Babel.


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