Most people would agree that when it comes to judging talent, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has a slight edge over the Recording Academy, the group that hands out the Grammys.
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But how did they do picking the Oscar nominees in this year’s Best Song category?
See for yourself:
Best Original Song
“Down to Earth” from WALL-E, Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman
“Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman and Gulzar
“O Saya” from Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam.
Maya Arulpragasam is better known as M.I.A., the international dance queen whose hit “Paper Planes” took off last year.
The nominee list is shorter than in previous years, and omits Bruce Springsteen’s “The Wrestler.” Randy Newman, now a veteran film composer, took last year off.
Bob Dylan still carries his Oscar Award for “Times Have Changed” around with him–you’ll find it sitting on his amp at every concert he plays.