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Movie Songs: Random Pre-Oscar Musings

In preparation for the upcoming Oscars, Christopher Loudon comes up with his own set of awards for music in the movies

Dooley Wilson, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca

It’s countdown-to-Oscar week and, as become the norm in recent years, the 2010 Best Song nominees are stupefyingly underwhelming. So lean are the musical pickings that there are only four nominees. If I had a vote, it would have to go to “We Belong Together,” simply because I recognize (and admire) its author, Randy Newman, and Toy Story 3 is the only one of the four films in this category I’ve seen.

Rather than ponder which tune from a so-so slate will take home the gold (or if, as is the likeliest scenario, Newman cops his second trophy), I thought it would be more fun to tally up 10 tuneful facts from the entire span of Hollywood history.

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