skyfall_adeleOusting Fiona Apple‘s “Dull Tool” for This Is 40, Arcade Fire‘s “Abraham’s Daughter” for The Hunger Games, The Black Keys‘ “The Baddest Man Alive” for The Man WIth the Iron Fists, Karen O‘s “Strange Love” for Frankenweenie, Mumford and Sons‘ “Learn Me Right” for Brave, Rick Ross‘ “100 Black Coffins” for Django Unchained and Liz Phair‘s “Dotted Line” for People Like Us, the five contending nominees chosen for the 2013 Academy Awards are:

 

 

 

 

  • Adele Atikins and Paul Epworth; “Skyfall” for Skyfall
  • Seth MacFarlane & Walter Murphy; “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” for Ted
  • J. Ralph; “Before My Time” for Chasing Ice
  • Mychael Danna & Bombay Jayashri; “Pi’s Lullaby” for Life of Pi
  • Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer & Alain Boublil; “Suddenly” for Les Miserables

All of the above are not without their merits, Adele particularly with her soulful Shirlie Bassey/Nancy Sinatra-worthy contribution to the Bond lineage. But dear people of the Academy, whey must you continue to deny brilliant song and screen combos like Fiona Apple’s palpitating “Dull Tool,” that took a slice of American Dream painted black from This Is 40 and turned up the tension in perfect compliment to a fight between Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. It had to be because of the f-bombs, no? Ah, whatever – we’re rooting for you, Adele. But “Dull Tool,” you’re the true contender in our hearts:

You, You don’t kiss when you kiss,
You don’t fuck when you fuck
You don’t say what you mean, you don’t talk loud enough