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Analyzing Oscar Nominees

Regardless of what you have to say about The Boss, his song from The Wrestler is perfect fodder for an Oscar nomination. So why did the Academy snub Springsteen and only nominate three songs (two from the overhyped Slumdog Millionaire and one for WALL-E--yeah, Peter Gabriel). From the Gold Derby on the LA Times' Envelope site:

In the Original Song category, Music Branch members shall meet to screen clips of the eligible songs and vote on the achievements. A DVD copy of the song clips will be made available to those Branch members who are unable to attend the screening and who request it for home viewing. Voting shall be conducted as follows:

Nominations will be determined by an averaged point system of voting using 10, 9.5, 9, 8.5, 8, 7.5, 7, 6.5 or 6. Only those songs receiving an average score of 8.25 or more shall be eligible for nomination. There may not be more than five nor fewer than three nominations.

And then Idolator said this:

So even if, say, every voter was into "The Wrestler" just enough to score it as an 8, and that was enough to give it the fourth-highest overall average score, it still wouldn't be up to snuff by the Academy's standards. The rule also notes that only two songs from a single film can be nominated, even if more than two songs' average scores go over the 8.25 mark. Is this something else that we can blame on the fragmentation of pop music, or what?

Yet another reason why I'm not a math major. It screws over the Boss.


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