The Five Songs That Should’ve Been Nominated for an Oscar

Arcade Fire perform at Austin City Limits, September 2011. Photo: Jay West/WireImage

It’s a foregone conclusion that Adele will add more hardware to her mantle with a Best Original Song Oscar this Sunday at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. “Skyfall” — the theme for the most recent James Bond installment of the same name, which she co-wrote with longtime collaborator Paul Epworth — is in a class of its own. (“Suddenly” from Les Misérables only has a slight chance of pandering to the crotchety Academy voters.) But it’s not Adele we’re worried about. (She’s great.) It’s the complete oversight by the Academy of other songwriters that were more deserving than, say, Seth MacFarlane for Ted’s theme song. Here are five songwriters who were unceremoniously snubbed.

1. Rick Ross “100 Black Coffins” (Django Unchained) 

Three 6 Mafia won an Oscar in 2006 for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from Hustle & Flow, so we know that the Academy doesn’t hate rap music. The Django soundtrack ranges from Ross to Jim Croce, and the Bawse enlisted the movie’s main character (Jamie Foxx) to produce this track. Instead of Ross at the ceremony, the audience will hear Norah Jones’ play the aforementioned Ted theme song, “Everybody Needs A Best Friend.” Sigh.

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