"I Move On," from Chicago; music by John Kander, lyric by Fred Ebb
PRO: Last-minute addition offers composers chance for piece of juggernaut pie.
CON:Choreography-free closing-credit number only song fans of movie won't remember.
"Lose Yourself," from 8 Mile; music by Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto, lyric by Eminem
PRO: Nothing if not catchy; hip-hop music apparently quite popular with the young folks.
CON: Song has two chances to win, slim and shady, and slim just left town.
"Burn It Blue," from Frida; music by Elliot Goldenthal, lyric by Julie Taymor
PRO: Latin-inflected duet should benefit from Dame Edna-Vanity Fair backlash.
CON: Song title stolen from DVD porn manufacturer's how-to guide.
"The Hands that Built America," from Gangs of New York; music and lyrics by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen
PRO: First the Super Bowl half-time show, now this; U2 will be hawking Chevy trucks soon.
CON: Film portrays characters whose hands actually loot, burn America.
"Father and Daughter," from The Wild Thornberrys Movie; music and lyric by Paul Simon
PRO: At least he isn't writing a Broadway musical; choice of Simon mercifully bumps Nick Carter, P. Diddy from consideration.
CON: Victory could prompt harrowing celebratory Wedgie Dance.
Catch Me If You Can (John Williams)
PRO: Jazz-inflected opening theme a 21st-century "Pink Panther" without smarmy panther.
CON: By-the-numbers underscoring suggests composer stymied by lack of cuddly aliens.
Far From Heaven (Elmer Bernstein)
PRO: For prolific Bernstein, 244th time's the charm.
CON: Wild, Wild West (Does that mean we have to admit that we saw it?)
Frida (Elliot Goldenthal)
PRO: Passionate tropicalia soundtrack caters to every voter's inner flamenco dancer.
CON: Who needs Dame Edna? Males can use images of film's wizened vocalists to forestall premature ejaculation.
The Hours (Philip Glass)
PRO: Sensitive score clings to emotional contours of story like Julia Roberts to podium.
CON: Rhythmic beeps send moviegoers scurrying to shut off cell phones and disarm smoke detectors.
Road to Perdition (Thomas Newman)
PRO: Voters just grateful for a year off from Randy Newman.
CON: Which of these things is not like the others? a) Mobsters; b) Speakeasies; c) Depression-era Chicago; d) Tubular bells and gamelan.
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