But Original Song? It is not like it was in the 1930s, when musicals were as common as romantic-comedies and a song was as much a part of the studio package as a leading lady and a happy ending. When was the last time the winner even played on the radio? Outside of a dance remix? You know Justin Timberlake isn't going home with the Oscar this year!
Still, it makes for an entertaining category, a fun diversion during the ceremony, and a chance for Neil Diamond to accidentally call Ayn Rand a nominated songwriter:
(It's kind of bad form for Diamond to openly root for Barbra, but very gracious of her to cede the mic to Paul Williams)
So, consider this a musical break - the nominees, with video, after the jump.
Mom had no comments, but she did rank.
"A World That Never Was" from Half a House
music by Sammy Fain
lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
"Ave Satani" from The Omen
music and lyrics by Jerry Goldsmith
"Come to Me" from The Pink Panther Strikes Again
music by Henry Mancini
lyrics by Don Black
"Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky
music by Bill Conti
lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins
"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born)" from A Star is Born
music by Barbra Streisand
lyrics by Paul Williams
4. "Come to Me"
2. Gonna Fly Now"
1. "Ave Satani"
1. "Gonna Fly Now"
By some sort of trickery on her part, Mom bumped out all the competition but her favorite. Which means the official Silver Screening Room vote goes to...
"GONNA FLY NOW"