WTF Has Happened To The Oscar's "Best Song" Category?

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Here are some of the amazingly tuneful and memorable winners from the glorious history of Oscar's Best Songs:

"Lullaby of Broadway"

"The Way You Look Tonight"

"Thanks for the Memory"

"Over the Rainbow"

"When You Wish Upon a Star"

""The Last Time I Saw Paris"

"White Christmas"

"Swinging on a Star"

"On the Atcheson, Topeka, and the Santa Fe"

"Mona Lisa"

"Secret Love"

"Three Coins in the Fountain"

"Love Is a Many Splendored Thing"

"Que Sera Sera"


"Never on Sunday" (pictured above)

"Moon River"

"Days of Wine and Roses"

"The Shadow of Your Smile"

"Born Free"

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"

"The Way We Were"


"The Last Dance"

And that's all before 1980!!!

Anyway, here are the two -- count 'em two -- nominees for this year:

"Man or Muppet"

"Real in Rio"

What happened to this category, people???

How's about canning it?

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OMG Melina Mercouri, from back when women were Women and men were Men!  I've just been watching "Never on Sunday" YouTube clips of her recently, what an original force of nature.

barklina sue
barklina sue

I think the category adds some laughs to the show, hope they don't can it.


When the theme from Mahogany is starting to look like a classic in retrospect, it's definitely time to can the category.


It is most DEFINITELY time to face the fact that the era of the "musical film" is lost and, seemingly, gone forever and it's time to put down this withered corpse of a category.  It wouldn't be a precedent-setting move:  The Academy has actually eliminated TEN categories through the years, ranging from "Best Title Writing" (for silent films, which was only given out once) to "Best Scoring of a Musical" in 1957 (when the death knell for screen musicals had been tolled and heard by the Academy).  The fact that they only nominated two songs this year that no one has ever heard is plain enough evidence that they're all just OVER this category (thank CHRIST Randy Newman isn't one of them, AGAIN).  After "Hard Out Here for a Pimp" won, what else was there left to say? 

Dangerous Herbert
Dangerous Herbert

My guess is they don't want to keep giving them To Randy Newman or Elton John.


Yeah, they didn't even nominate her for Shanghai Surprise!! How could they ignore such an amazing talent?

Sloan Rollins
Sloan Rollins

And why didn't "Masterpiece" get nominated? They really just hate her, don't they?


I am stunned by this list. How did it go from "Over the Rainbow" to "Jai Ho" and "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp"?????


And here are some songs that were nominated and didn't even win:"Cheek To Cheek," "I've Got You Under My Skin, "Pennies From Heaven," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "Blues in the Night," "That Old Black Magic," "The Trolley Song," "The Man That Got Away," "Something's Gotta Give," "Unchained Melody," "More," "My Kind of Town," "I Will Wait For You," "What's New Pussycat?", "Alfie," "Georgy Girl," "Come Saturday Morning," "Live and Let Die," "Mahogany" theme, "Gonna Fly Now," "Be Our Guest," "Nobody Does It Better," "Hopelessly Devoted To You," "Nine To Five," "Endless Love," "Footloose," "Ghostbusters," "Somewhere Out There"...and on and on.You get the idea. Huge hits.


"Lose Yourself" won a few years before.  But in between the Academy seemed to love a lot of Randy Newman, Disney, give accolades to songs from 80s schlockfests, give to big artists like Lionel Ritchie, Bob Dylan, and Madonna (well, Sondheim), and in the 60s and 70s you got a lot more diverse choices ranging from Streisand to Shaft.   I sort of want to blame the 80s and some of the 90s choices for setting the bar low that causes a chemical reaction in aughts for the Academy to go out of their way to be cool again, but you know, still love Randy Newman in between.