Oscar Watch: Original song contenders
|"Jai Ho" |
A.R. Rahman and Gulzar
Pros: This soaring, exuberant tune plays over the film's gloriously out-of-left-field dance number, giving it an unforgettable visual touchstone.
Cons: If it comes down to Rahman's two songs, the fact that the song doesn't help drive the narrative could work against it.
|"O Saya" |
A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam
Pros: Sri Lankan songstress Maya Arulpragasam (aka M.I.A) gives "O Saya" an of-the-moment immediacy that may put it over the top.
Cons: Do aging Academy voters even know who M.I.A. is?
|"Down to Earth" |
Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman
Pros: Springsteen, Dylan, Phil Collins, Elton John ... aging rock stars do especially well in this category.
Cons: Gabriel and Newman make a cute couple, but they're no Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.