Call me lame, but I always get into the songs that get nominated for Oscar, even if they fall into genres I don't usually go for (in no other capacity would I ever groove to Three 6 Mafia's "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"). Music is just that much better when it's linked to the movies, is it not? Not to mention I have fine memories of great Oscarcast performances, namely Beyonce's trio of showstoppers in 2005. I re-watch those for fun.
Let's have a listen to this year's five nominated tunes, shall we? There's "I See the Light," from "Tangled," which brings us right back to one of 2010's most gorgeous moments in film:
Then we have "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3," which marks the 20th (!) career Oscar nod for Randy Newman:
Next up is "Coming Home" from "Country Strong," which I'll admit I totally love. Please, please, please let Gwyneth perform this on Oscar night:
"Slumdog Millionaire's" A.R. Rahman has the next track, the "127 Hours" anthem, "If I Rise." This one's a bit of a snooze, and I really can't tell what Dido is saying, but I love that A.R. Rahman, especially when he has the Pussycat Dolls in the studio:
Finally there's...oh, I'm sorry, did I say five nominees? My mistake. I guess I was just still pretending that the music branch didn't actually snub everyone's favorite diva ballad of 2010. Silly me: