Music Article

Oscar, the Grouch?

Tracks from ''The Pursuit of Happyness,'' ''Curious George'' and others were left out in the cold

The songs the Academy forgot

When the Academy devoted three out of the five Best Original Song Oscar nominations to tunes from Dreamgirls (the others were from Cars and An Inconvenient Truth), it neglected some of the most ear-catching movie tunes from '06.

CHRIS CORNELL
''You Know My Name''
The grunge-era belter delivers a musically suave, lyrically ominous rock tune that is perfect for Casino Royale's dark reboot of the spy franchise.

SEAL
''A Father's Way''
An uplifting flick deserves an uplifting song. The Brit balladeer's contribution to The Pursuit of Happyness is a chest-swelling anthem that avoids lazy sentimentality.

JACK JOHNSON
''Upside Down''
Curious George may be a cartoon, but Johnson's hippie-dippy boogie isn't kid stuff. The sweet message and breezy tune could charm any family member.

DEVOTCHKA
''Til the End of Time''
Little Miss Sunshine's musical high point, ''Super Freak,'' isn't eligible, but this Gypsy-inflected folk song from the Colorado indie act is almost as good.

Originally posted Feb 05, 2007 Published in issue #920 Feb 09, 2007 Order article reprints