SPECIAL: Oscar Songs! Ballots! Fun!

We've got a music special and a ballot breakdown for the Oscars. Check out the show notes this week for so many fun links and things to listen to.

As a special pre-Oscars offering, we’re breaking down the five nominees for Best Original Song! We have opinions and we’re not afraid of sharing them for a fairly strong crop of songs. Except for one. A very specific one.

Then, we’re getting our snacks in order, our bubbly on ice and our ballots ready for the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday. We've got final discussion of our stone-cold locks to win and talk about the stakes. A hint - someone's gonna win this year, and someone's gonna feel the pain...

Links to each of the nominated songs below: 

Audio from Paul F. Tompkins' "Phantom Threame" pulled from Demi Adejuyigbe's YouTube trailer video, and performed by Paul F. Tompkins (Vocals), Jim Boggia (Ukulele), Eban Schletter (Theremin) and Tony Thaxton (Drums). You can see the hilarious, wonderful thread (hehe) via Twitter.

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Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.