The Oscar Nominations: Handicapping The Best Original Song Category

Now that the nominations for the Academy Awards are out, it’s time to start handicapping. But no matter what anybody predicts today (or for the next month), we won’t know whose hand will be raised in victory and given a little statuette until the show airs on Sunday, February 27. Until then, you can stay tuned to MTV News for all the latest updates, analysis, interviews and predictions regarding the 83rd Academy Awards.

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Despite the eclecticism of the field and the surprise entries in the field, it seems like a lot of the categories are already wrapped up (people already seem to be handing Colin Firth the Best Actor prize for his performance in “The King’s Speech,” and it seems inevitable that Aaron Sorkin will be walking away with the Best Original Screenplay prize for “The Social Network”). One of those sure shots? Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who will almost certainly be taking home the award for Best Original Score for their soundtrack contributions to “The Social Network” (which would put Reznor half way to getting his EGOT). But who will win the other big music-based award — the one for Best Original Song?

Interestingly, none of the songs from “Burlesque” (one of which won a Golden Globe) were nominated for an Oscar. Instead, the nods went to “Coming Home” (from “Country Strong”), “I See the Light” (from “Tangled”), “If I Rise” (from “127 Hours”) and “We Belong Together” (from “Toy Story 3″). Of those four, you can probably take out “If I Rise” (which we thought should get nominated for a Razzie yesterday). Either one of the remaining three could score a victory, though it seems like the songs from “Tangled” were especially loved by fans of the movie, so perhaps the money should be on that.

What should win the Oscar for Best Original Song? Let us know in the comments!