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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Lists: The five strangest Best Original Song nominees in Oscar history

By Allison Stewart

bjorkBjork's outfit was weird. So was her nomination. (Lucy Nicholson/AFP)

When you think about it, Oscar nominations for Best Song have gone to the unlikeliest of people: Counting Crows. That guy from Fountains of Wayne. Jon Bon Jovi.
The Oscars are more likely to let their freak flag fly in the Best Original Song category than in any other, and in honor of Sunday's ceremony, Click Track has assembled a list of some of the all-time strangest Best Original Song nominees. Not unworthy, necessarily. Just strange.

5. Elliott Smith, "Miss Misery," 1997

Smith was a little-known singer-songwriter before "Miss Misery" landed in "Good Will Hunting," and, at least as far as the mainstream went, would stay that way after his inevitable loss to "Titanic" behemoth "My Heart Will Go On."

4. Björk, "I've Seen It All," 2000

This was the signature number from "Dancer in the Dark," the grimmest musical ever. Björk also starred in the film and wrote the music for the track, with lyrics penned by the film's director, misogyny enthusiast Lars von Trier.

(The Beatles get robbed and other indignities, after the jump.)

3. Jerry Livingston and Mack David, "The Ballad of Cat Ballou," 1965

Not so strange, until you consider that the nomination for the "The Ballad of Cat Ballou" is thought to have come at the expense of the Beatles, who weren't nominated for any song from that year's "Help," or for any song, ever. This means that Jon Bon Jovi (nominated in 1990 for the "Young Guns II" track "Blaze of Glory") has one more Academy Award nomination than the Beatles.

2. Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman, "Blame Canada," 1999

This track from "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" is probably the shortest (at one and a half minutes), dirtiest song ever nominated for an Oscar, though admittedly, it's hard to find statistics on this sort of thing.

1. Three 6 Mafia, "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp," 2005

Some years, it seems like the Oscars are just messing with us.

By Allison Stewart  | February 23, 2011; 12:22 PM ET
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Bjork, Elliott Smith, Jerry Livingston, Lars von Trier, Mack David, Marc Shaiman, Three 6 Mafia, Trey Parker  
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