You certainly shouldn’t bet on Jónsi showing up at the Academy Awards in his epic headdress for a performance of the Sigur Rós frontman’s How To Train Your Dragon theme song, “Sticks and Stones,” as my favorite Oscar shortlisters rarely make it to the nomination round, but I will be crossing my fingers that he or one of the other select few interesting contenders will beat out the likes of Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, or Owl City for a nod.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that the Oscars announced the 41-song shortlist for a potential Best Original Song award today. Jónsi’s awesome tune, Eddie Vedder’s “Better Days” from Eat Pray Love, Metric’s “Eclipse (All Yours),” and Beck/Devendra Banhart’s Life During Wartime theme all made the cut. Check out the full list here. (In case you were wondering, yeah, Randy Newman is on there… again.) Meanwhile, I’ll be giving my two favorite tunes from the list another spin below: