"Into the West," from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; music and lyrics by Fran Walsh, Howard Shore and Annie Lennox.
PRO: "Here comes the Reign Again"
CON: Credits include your musical director, a pop diva, and one of the screenwriters; where's the art director and the elf wrangler when you need them?
"A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow," from A Mighty Wind; music and lyric by Michael McKean and Annette O'Toole.
PRO: Funny folk music much more bearable than real folk music
CON: We still miss Squiggy.
"Scarlet Tide," from Cold Mountain; music and lyric by T Bone Burnett and Elvis Costello
PRO: Finally, Elvis nominated for the Oscar he was so shamefully skipped over for Austin Powers
CON: Even as long-time T Bone Burnett fans, we didn't notice this song amid dismal interminable movie
"The Triplets of Belleville," from The Triplets of Belleville; music by Benoit Charest, lyrics by Sylvain Chornet.
PRO: Song named after movie so it must be good
CON: Not quite the "When you Believe" or "Beauty and the Beast" powerhouse Americans expect from their animated films
"You Will Be My Ain True Love," from Cold Mountain; music and lyrics by Sting.
PRO: At least we sorta remember this song
CON: Cold Mountain only had two song noms because it was nineteen hours long; with nominees Lennox and Costello, Sting makes a good case this category should be renamed "I Love the '80s"
Big Fish (Danny Elfman)
Cold Mountain (Gabriel Yared)
Finding Nemo (Thomas Newman)
House of Sand and Fog (James Horner)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Howard Shore)
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