The shortlist for the Best Original Song Oscar has leaked and there are a few surprise tunes for the Academy’s consideration this year, including Zooey Deschanel’s two tracks we heard last week.
The songs “Yes Man” and “Sweet Ballad,” from Deschanel’s new movie with Jim Carrey Yes Man, are among the 49 songs in contention for the Oscar nod this year. As TwentyFourBit reported, the songs are performed under the guise of Munchausen By Proxy, with Deschanel on lead vocals and the San Francisco all-girl band Von Iva providing the electropop backdrop.
“Yes Man” is probably too quirky to win the hearts of the Academy, but “Sweet Ballad” is just begging for an Oscar orchestra pit accompaniment (the indie version of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” n’est-ce pas?). ABC censors might have a tough time with the song’s line, “I’m not your little whore,” so I suggest they change it to “I’m not your little heart will go on.” Sorry, Brendan Flowers helped me write that.
Jenny Lewis is also listed for her song “Barking at the Moon,” from Bolt, which faces stiff competition from that very same movie with Miley Cyrus and John Travolta’s Golden Globe nominated duet “I Thought I Lost You.”
If the Academy follows the lead of the Golden Globe nominees announced last week, Deschanel and Lewis may be out of luck; Academy favorites and current Golden Globe nominees, Bruce Springsteen and Clint Eastwood (he writes songs now too) are also in contention.
For the complete list of 49 songs in contention for the Best Original Song Oscar click here.