When Oscar Was In Tune

Oscar’s 9 best original song winners: Aidin Vaziri |Because of some convoluted process that would stump even the person who came up with the NFL’s new playoff overtime rules, only two songs are nominated in the best original song category at the 84th Academy Awards, which airs today on ABC – Sergio Mendes’ “Real in Rio,” an ersatz samba from the animated feature “Rio,” and “Man or Muppet,” a cardboard and felt ballad written by “Flight of the Conchords” star Bret McKenzie for “The Muppets.” The best original song category has always been a weak spot for the Oscars, with most of the prizes automatically going to either Randy Newman or whatever schmaltzy Disney ballad happened to come out the previous year. But there are a few instances when, even spoiled for choice, the academy nailed it. Here are the nine best original song winners.

“Falling Slowly” (“Once”)
Music and lyrics: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

The moment people remember most is Irglová getting cut off during her acceptance speech (host Jon Stewart remedied that after the commercial break), but its triumph in an admittedly lean year presented one of the rare heartwarming moments that award shows rarely conjure without someone dying.
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