In the ever confusing world of Oscar nominations, Golden Globe winner for Best Original Song “The Wrestler” by Bruce Springsteen was left completely off the list of potential Academy Award nominees. That being said, there were only three nominees listed as opposed to the customary five, so maybe there will be more forthcoming? Meanwhile, in bigger news, M.I.A. is getting attention for a song not named “Paper Planes”.
“O…Saya”, M.I.A.’s collaboration with composer A.R. Rahman from Slumdog Millionaire, received a nomination, one of two songs from the movie to get the nod. “Jai Ho”, another A.R. Rahman song featuring Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, and Mahalaxmi Iyer and Peter Gabriel‘s Wall-E track “Down to Earth” round out the field. Rahman also picked up a nomination for Best Original Score for his Slumdog music, making the feel-good movie the hands-on favorite to bring home at least one music-category Oscar.
But many are wondering why the Boss was snubbed — especially on the heels of his GG’s win. With only three nominees, some are questioning if there are more to come, but for now, the the official Oscar website only lists the three. Also ignored was Academy favorite Clint Eastwood for “Gran Torino”.
In an odd twist of irony, the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack was released on M.I.A.’s Interscope imprint, N.E.E.T. Bruce Springsteen has won an Oscar for “Streets Of Philadelphia” from the movie Philadelphia in 1993 and lost in 1995 for his title track to the movie Dead Man Walking. The 81st Annual Academy Awards will be handed out in a televised ceremony on February 22.