The Academy late yesterday released a list of some 75 songs that will be eligible for the Best Original Song Oscar when the nominations are released January 10th. The full list is after the jump, and there are a number of fascinating, thought-provoking, eyebrow-raising, and intriguing possibilities, but let’s face it, the only one that matters is “Ladies of Tampa,” which Matthew McConaughey not only co-wrote, but predicted would eventually be nominated for an Oscar. The man is a shirtless, greased up oracle.
Entertainment Weekly described the background of the song in
piece slideshow back in July:
Dallas’ goodbye to ”Ladies of Tampa” (Part 1)
In the original script, Matthew McConaughey’s character, club owner Dallas, did not have a stripping scene. But McConaughey not only wanted one, he knew exactly how it should play out: He’d begin by serenading the women from the stage with a slow song. Music supervisor Frankie Pine suggested she and McConaughey pen the tune with Martin Blasick, McConaughey’s guitar coach. They wrote ”Ladies of Tampa” in about three hours at McConaughey’s hotel. ”The song is silly as hell, but Matthew swears it’s gonna get nominated for an Academy Award. He keeps telling me I have to pick out my dress,”’ Pine says, laughing. ”And you know what, I am gonna submit it.”
If you were in a hotel room with Matthew McConaughey for three hours, I doubt writing a song was the only thing that happened, alright alright alright.
Anyway, you can check out the full list below. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the scene where Abraham Lincoln went in front of congress and sang “Beans Beans The Musical Fruit” accompanied by foot stomps and armpit farts totally got snubbed. What crap, Day-Lewis acted the hell out of that scene.