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A slim race for best original song at the Oscars 


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By Associated Press

 NEW YORK (AP) — The race for the best original song Oscar is a slim one with two songs up for the honor, a first for the Academy Awards.
Sergio Mendes’ “Real In Rio” from the animated adventure “Rio” will compete with Bret McKenzie’s “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets,” despite having songs from a bevy of all-star musicians like Elton John, Mary J. Blige, will.i.am and Pink in contention for nomination.
Charles Bernstein, the former chairman of the Academy Awards’ music branch, says he “personally was surprised” that only two songs are up for the honor.
In the past, the number of nominees for best original song has ranged from three to 14. Only up to five songs are eligible for nomination.
“I personally felt that there may have been more than two that I personally would have championed,” he said in an interview after the Oscars nominations were announced Tuesday. “But it is a majority vote situation.”
Blige, who co-wrote a song for the Deep South drama “The Help,” said in a tweet Tuesday that she was sad, and felt like the Academy “is being mean” for only nominating two songs for the award.


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