Rick Ross, Fiona Apple, and Eight Other Artists Who Deserved a Best Original Song Nomination

The category for Best Original Song is always a bit of a mess. The songs are rarely judged on how they sound; the importance is, of course, how the song fits into the film for which it was written. This year’s nominees are representative of the usual fare. There’s the popular choice (Adele’s "Skyfall," which will likely win, as it should), the new song for the big-budget musical adaptation (the unnecessary "Suddenly" from Les Misérables), and then there are the forgettable tunes (I didn’t even know what Chasing Ice was before today, much less the song from it). It’s a shame, really, because there were plenty of good tracks included in the list of 75 eligible songs. Here are a few that probably will have a longer shelf life than "Pi’s Lullaby."

Karen O – "Strange Love" (from Frankenweenie)

Fiona Apple – "Dull Tool" (from This is 40)

Rick Ross – "100 Black Coffins" (from Django Unchained)

John Legend – "Who Did That To You" (from Django Unchained)

Sunny Levine – "No Other Plans" (from Celeste and Jesse Forever)

Arcade Fire – "Abraham’s Daughter" (from The Hunger Games)

The Bootleggers feat. Emmylou Harris – "Cosmonaut" (from Lawless)

Florence + The Machine – "Breath of Life" (from Snow White and the Huntsman)

Katy Perry – "Wide Awake" (from Katy Perry: Part of Me)

The Black Keys / RZA – "The Baddest Man Alive" (from The Man With the Iron Fists)

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Fiona Apple Debuts ‘Dull Tool,’ New Song For ‘This Is 40’ Soundtrack

All is never calm in Fiona Apple’s world and we love her for it. She’s written a new song for the This Is 40 soundtrack — Judd Apatow’s sequel that checks back in with the sister and brother-in-law from Knocked Up — and it’s darker than the feel-good comedy would suggest.

Apple sings to an unknown lover, "So go tell that girl you don’t love her / and if you do / tell her two times / because you’re likely to get cut with a dull tool than a sharp one / you don’t kiss when you kiss / you don’t fuck when you fuck / you don’t say what you mean / you don’t talk loud enough."   

It’s delightfully demented, as the best Fiona Apple songs always are, and manages to be tense and upbeat at the same time. And, of course, make me want to see This Is 40 even more. 

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