The Oscars 2011: Five best soundtrack songs that didn't make this year's ballot

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Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences picks what they think are the best original songs of the year from a shortlist of soundtracks. The problem, of course, is that their specialty tends to lead them no further than a few Randy Newman songs. We're certainly not willing to say these are anywhere near the best songs of the year, but the Academy left off a few stellar tunes when making its list.

5. J. Ralph -- "The Reasons Why," from Wretches and Jabberers

The J. Ralph song that finishes Wretches and Jabberers is one of those tracks that are easy to overlook at first. Like most recent Oscar nods, it's not much more than a man and a guitar. Even so, this one's a little different, especially when you toss in the fact that Ralph collaborated with the likes of Antony, Devendra Banhart, Norah Jones, Vashti Bunyan and more on the disc. It's one of the best original soundtracks of the year.

4. Uh Huh Her -- "Same High," from The Kids Are All Right

Indie electro-pop isn't exactly good fodder for an Oscar nod, but "Same High" is undeniably catchy in that iPod-commercial sort of way. No, it's not the deepest, most forward-thinking song in the world, but it's fun, and it works great for the movie it was recorded for.

3. Mika, RedOne -- "Kick Ass," from Kick Ass

Speaking of great for the movie it was recorded for, there is pretty much no better song to represent the superhero movie Kick Ass than, uh, "Kick Ass." Sometimes it's not so much about how great the song is by itself, but about how great it is in the context of the film. This one is spot-on no matter how you cut it.
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 On the other hand, you had themes like Year You Were Born (when, by far, the contestants did the theme properly and didn't cheat), Top iTunes downloads, andsongs of the Opry. ... On the flipside, consider the significant gender gap: there's no guy with an average song age in the 30s; conversely no girl (save the hapless Lacey Brown) with a similar score in the 20s. ... Season Ten, like Season Nine, didn'treally get young songs until five weeks into the finals.

Liliwei0416
Liliwei0416

the best theme songs have to be totally "original" to be nominated.

jesus
jesus

Really, you put the generic indie-hip stylings over the entire Tron Legacy soundtrack? I mean the Kids are alright soundtrack is alright, but its nothing special, its just a reworking the Garden State soundtrack. Derezzed may be the the headlight for the soundtrack, but its not the only gem, the entire album is an excellent mix of techno and orchestral. Where's the love?

Jennifer Brown
Jennifer Brown

All the nominatios are really very nice....best of luck..

Thorin
Thorin

I liked a lot of the Tron Legacy soundtrack, but I'd put that in the score department, not the soundtrack song department and I think the Academy would do the same, if it'd been nominated.

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