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Pitched Battle

We rate Oscar's Best Original Song contenders -- EW's Dave Karger predicts what songs will make the Academy cut

Between Walk the Line, Rent, and The Producers, it's a great year for music in movies. But not in the Best Original Song Oscar category. Only The Producers contains material written expressly for the movie: ''There's Nothing Like a Show on Broadway,'' a new Mel Brooks tune that Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick sing over the closing credits. So what could fill the void? Brokeback Mountain's beautifully spare track ''A Love That Will Never Grow Old,'' co-written by Elton John's longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin, and sung by Emmylou Harris, leads the contenders, while Chicken Little and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride feature new songs by Barenaked Ladies and Danny Elfman, respectively. Oscar winner Bob Dylan (Wonder Boys) has ''Tell Ol' Bill'' in North Country, and nominee Dolly Parton (''9 to 5'') did ''Travelin' Thru'' for Transamerica. The most twisted potential nominee? Sarah Silverman's nursing-home rant, ''You're Gonna Die Soon,'' from Jesus Is Magic.

Originally posted Nov 18, 2005 Published in issue #851 Nov 25, 2005 Order article reprints