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The Music Oscars - Who’s Up?

Christina Aguilera getting her star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, 2010 Christina Aguilera getting her star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, 2010

The 83rd Academy Awards are approaching, and the world is watching to see the nominations. Last Friday, the best song contenders were announced, hot on the heels of announcements concerning the film and TV nominations. So what is on the table for this coming year as far as the statuettes go?




Oscar Music Nominations


  • Cher and Christina Aguilera are making a splash as expected; Burlesque was the hottest musical of the season, and has three featured numbers on the board at this time.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow sings a duet with country star Tim McGraw - the track is Me and Tennessee from her musical drama Country Song - with lyrics by her hubby and Coldplay member Chris Martin.
  • Alanis Morissette co-wrote and performed the eastern-influenced I Remain for the blockbuster Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
  • Avril Lavigne wrote and performed the rock ballad Alice for Tim Burton's recent Alice in Wonderland adaptation.
  • Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is on the table for his performance of Better Days in Eat, Pray Love -the summer feel good flick starring Julia Roberts.
  • Janet Jackson returns to the nominated gallery for Nothing - the song from the film she also appeared in - Why Did I get Married Too.
  • Acclaimed songwriter Randy Newman is a possible, with the classic We Belong Together, featured on Toy Story III.

On Jan. 25 the nominees in all Oscar categories will be announced. The music category is traditionally whittled down to five nominees - currently, 41 songs are on the possibles list.

The 83rd Academy Awards gala, hosted by actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway, will take place Feb. 27, 2011 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. “I can probably let it slip that I’m terrified,” admitted Hathaway recently at the Gotham Awards. “Oh, and excited and exhilarated!”

Nearby, Hilary Swank was decidedly under-enthused (jealous, Hilary?) “It’s an… interesting choice, a different choice,” the star of Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby said. “It’s always fun to… mix it up.”

In the past, musical wins at the Oscars have run to the unexpected - with songs from Moulin Rouge, Chicago and Dreamgirls going begging while fantasy films, animated movies and hip-hop/rap carried the day. Past winners include:

  • 2001: "If I Didn't Have You" Monsters, Inc.  Music and Lyrics: Randy Newman
  • 2002: "Lose Yourself" 8 Mile Music: Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto  Lyrics: Eminem
  • 2003: "Into the West" The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Music and Lyrics: Fran Walsh, Howard Shore and Annie Lennox
  • 2004: "Al otro lado del río" The Motorcycle Diaries Music and Lyrics: Jorge Drexler
  • 2005: "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" Hustle & Flow Music and Lyrics: Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard
  • 2006: "I Need to Wake Up" An Inconvenient Truth Music and Lyrics: Melissa Etheridge
  • 2007: "Falling Slowly" Once Music and Lyrics: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
  • 2008: "Jai Ho" Slumdog Millionaire Music: A. R. Rahman  Lyrics: Gulzar
  • 2009: "The Weary Kind" Crazy Heart Music and Lyrics: Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett


Will this year break the mold? Was Burlesque enough to crack the trend against musical drama? We’ll find out in February!

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Alanis Morissette sings a very powerful song!
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