Oscar's Best Original Songs: The Rightful Winners and the Snubbed LosersSongs like 'Once' and 'Lose Yourself' deserved to win. But how could the Academy have overlooked '(Don't You) Forget About Me?'
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Won the Oscar: "Falling Slowly," Once (music and lyrics: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová)
Indie music lovers were heartened when Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the duo behind The Swell Season and the stars of Once, won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2008. Sometimes, the Academy gets it right. But since the first ceremony in 1929, it has also made some extremely dubious selections for the accolade--occasionally head-scratching, often infuriating.
Here are 15 other tracks that deserved to win – or were robbed of a Hollywood holy grail.
By Sharon Steel