Talkback: Which of These 39 Tunes Deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song?

I have a particular fondness for the Oscars' Best Original Song category. Where else will you find Carly Simon, Eminem, Irene Cara, Marvin Hamlisch, and Keith Carradine together -- other than one fantastic revival of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown? The potential nominees for this year's award have just been released, an I'm already playing favorites with one criminally twee jam. Pick your favorite after the jump.

First, the nominees:

"The World I Knew" from African Cats

"Lay Your Head Down" from Albert Nobbs

"Star Spangled Man" from Captain America: The First Avenger

"Collision of Worlds" from Cars 2

"Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu" from DAM999

"DAM999 Theme Song" from DAM999

"Mujhe Chod Ke" from DAM999

"Rainbird" from Dirty Girl

"Keep On Walking" from The First Grader

"Where the River Goes" from Footloose

"Hello Hello" from Gnomeo & Juliet

"Love Builds a Garden" from Gnomeo & Juliet

"Bridge of Light" from Happy Feet Two

"The Mighty Sven" from Happy Feet Two

"Never Be Daunted" from happythankyoumoreplease

"Hell and Back" from Hell and Back Again

"The Living Proof" from The Help

"Coeur Volant" from Hugo

"It's How We Play" from I Don't Know How She Does It

"When the Heart Dies" from In the Land of Blood and Honey

"Ja Nao Estar" from José and Pilar

"The Keeper" from Machine Gun Preacher

"Life's a Happy Song" from The Muppets

"Man or Muppet" from The Muppets

"Pictures in My Head" from The Muppets

"Summer Song" from The Music Never Stopped

"Imaginary Friends" from Olive

"Sparkling Day" from One Day

"Taking You with Me" from Our Idiot Brother

"The Greatest Song I Ever Heard" from POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

"Hot Wings" from Rio

"Let Me Take You to Rio" from Rio

"Real in Rio" from Rio

"Shelter" from Take Shelter

"Gathering Stories" from We Bought a Zoo

"Pop" from White Irish Drinkers

"Think You Can Wait" from Win Win

"The Backson Song" from Winnie the Pooh

"So Long" from Winnie the Pooh

And now, my choice. Forget the drab perkiness of those contrived-ass Muppets songs; I'm defying my Deschanel hangups and voting for the adorable "So Long" from Winnie the Pooh. It has that ease reminiscent of Paul Simon's underrated (and Oscar-nominated) "Father and Daughter" from the Wild Thornberrys soundtrack. Here's to twee, adorable jams.

I just had a vision of Winnie the Pooh sailing down stream inside a honeypot while singing "Let the River Run" from Working Girl. This is why I get to work here.

OSCARS: Original Song Contenders Pared To 39



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