The crown jewel of the awards season goes down this Sunday, March 7, when the Academy Awards are handed out in Hollywood. Though this year's show expects to be a little more predictable than in years past, there are still a number of contests that should have a number of people biting their nails in anticipation. Will "The Hurt Locker" top "Avatar" in the race for Best Picture? Will "The Cove" take home Best Documentary or will a dark horse like "The Most Dangerous Man in America" shoot to the front of the pack? Is this Jeff Bridges' year to walk away with Oscar gold or will he be undone by the performance of Jeremy Renner? These questions (and the rest of the Oscar-related intrigue) will be resolved on Sunday. Be sure to stay tuned to MTV News, MTV Movies Blog and Hollywood Crush for your complete Oscar coverage, from the red carpet to the after parties).
Like any big event, getting in the right head space to absorb the Academy Awards is a key to enjoying it. That's why we've put together a video playlist for the 2010 Oscars. Tupac shows us a little "California Love," Likeblood take us to the "Red Carpet," Jurassic 5 celebrate "What's Golden" and They Might Be Giants admit that "This Statue Got Me High" (that's the thrill of victory talking, boys). There are also entries from past Oscar winners like Eminem and Three Six Mafia, as well as tracks that pay tribute to some nominated films (including Depeche Mode's "Precious" and Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt").
Check out the playlist below, which kicks off with Death Cab for Cutie's "A Movie Script Ending," the best song ever written about wanting your life to be more cinematic.