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New original song contenders from ‘Madagascar,’ ‘Truth’

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 12:29 pm · October 27th, 2008

Madagascar: Escape 2 AfricaIt looks like that rather flimsy Best Original Song category is finding a few more contenders to hopefully erase the embarrassment of last year’s nominees (three for “Enchanted,” nothing for “Into the Wild” — at least “Once” took the gold).

First up, will.i.am and Hans Zimmer have cranked out four new tracks for “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” which, if the competition falls apart, could find a place at the table.

It also looks like Rod Lurie’s “Nothing But the Truth” will sport a new tune over the closing credits, a soulful little number by Coby Jones called, well, “Nothing But the Truth.”

Lurie supplied us with the track (which he co-wrote with Jones) over the weekend.  Have a listen:


I like it.  Jones and Lurie might find some trouble going up against another low-key number from Bruce Springsteen of all people, but there isn’t much in the way of quality competing for a spot in this category so maybe it could squeeze in alongside The Boss and Peter Gabriel.

Fox Searchlight is also high on the Bollywood-inspired “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” and with “High School Musical 3” dominating the box office over the weekend…who knows?  Meanwhile Jon Brion’s “Little Person” from “Synecdoche, New York” has its fans (none of which are likely to be Academy members), while one of my favorite tunes of the year is — yes — Huey Lewis’s “Pineapple Express.”  Sue me.

More on the Best Original Song predictions chart.




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14 responses so far

  • 1 10-27-2008 at 12:39 pm

    mike said...

    Huey Lewis’s song is my fav of the year so far, great track…

  • 2 10-27-2008 at 1:22 pm

    Seany P said...

    I just hope something from Forgetting Sarah Marshall gets nominated. There were some really great songs in that movie

  • 3 10-27-2008 at 1:42 pm

    Lev Lewis said...

    What a dull song.

  • 4 10-27-2008 at 2:25 pm

    Speaking English said...

    “Little Person” is easily the best song of the year, deserves to win the Oscar hands down. What a beautiful tune.

  • 5 10-27-2008 at 4:02 pm

    Joel said...

    The real question is: Should Madagascar 2 be nominated in general? It doesn’t look good, and the first sucked.

    But I really think “Little Things” from Wanted could surprise. I don’t know what everyone else thought, but that was one of the best movies this summer and one of the best songs.

  • 6 10-27-2008 at 6:53 pm

    AJ said...

    HSM ftw! sike. But really at least it has some cultural weight, unlike past nominees *glares at norbit*

  • 7 10-27-2008 at 10:05 pm

    Matthew said...

    “Little Person” is effing fantastic, although I’m in agreement with Seany P about Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The Dracula song is great, and I’d love to see some of those muppets act the song out on stage, complete with people in black tights controlling them.

  • 8 10-27-2008 at 11:29 pm

    matt said...

    Don’t count out “Can I Have this Dance” from High School Musical….

    I know, I know no one thinks High School Musical can or should be nominated, but listen to the song. It is traditional AMPAS fare from a huge movie. And it would be a good one on stage. Along with the fact that the nominating committee gets to see the scenes from the film now it would help its chances….

    just saying… don’t be suprised…

  • 9 11-12-2008 at 9:20 pm

    Nick Plowman said...

    High School Musical does actually deserve to be nominated because if there is anything great about it (of course, I do love everything about it, sue me), it is the music.

    Also, I am a huge fan of “Little Person,” but I don’t really see it getting nominated. If it did though, I’d be stoked.