- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 9, 2006

Oscar host Jon Stewart had a point: Rappers Three 6 Mafia now have an Oscar to their credit, and Martin Scorsese has none. And that’s not the half of it. “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” may be catchy, in its way, and it hardly glorifies the lives of said fancy men — but does it really belong in the same category as these soundtrack favorites, each of which lost at their respective Oscar contests?

Hard Day’s Night — Every song off the soundtrack of the much-loved Beatles 1964 movie was eligible for a best-song Oscar. None, including the earthshaking title track, was nominated.

Cheek to Cheek — Irving Berlin, the composer of this 1935 runner-up, on his worst day outclassed not only Three 6 Mafia but nearly every best-song Oscar recipient in the past 20 years.

Live and Let Die — Sir Paul was reportedly quite miffed at losing at the Grammys earlier this year. He had a right to be in 1973, when his pyrotechnic James Bond theme song lost out to that wimpy Babs Streisand number, “The Way We Were.”

They Can’t Take That Away From Me — In the fluke-filled year of 1937, the acclaimed songwriting brothers Ira and George Gershwin could have filled entirely the best-song category. But it was this superior track that lost to Harry Owens’ “Sweet Leilani.”

Nine to Five — If movies like “Flashdance” and “Fame” can deliver best-song Oscars, then surely Dolly Parton (whose “Travelin’ Thru” just lost to Three 6 Mafia) deserved one in 1980.

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