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Will Oscar give Best Song to the indie 'Once'?

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Once_lIf you haven’t seen the Irish indie Once… um, why not? I urge you not to end 2007 without having a look-see and a listen (take note: the DVD comes out Dec. 18). Since the film premiered last spring, fans of the Frames have been beaming with pride about frontman Glen Hansard’s performance, as a gentle-hearted Irish busker making ends meet in Dublin while nursing dreams of a bigger career, opposite real-life love Marketa Irglova, whose spirited character has far more musical talent than opportunity. Unfortunately, fans of Once have been more than a wee bit disappointed by the Independent Spirit Awards, which recognized the film with just one (albeit well-deserved) nomination: Best Foreign Film.

Here’s what I’m wondering, as Oscar-time nears: Is it too much to hope for the Grammy-nominated “Falling Slowly” (a spare but gorgeous Once duet that haunts you for months after you see the film) to triumph over the Enchanted juggernaut and win Best Song? I think Carrie Underwood’s “Ever Ever After” is a perfectly fine Disney toe-tapper that’s perfectly predictable down to its perfectly-placed key change, but when it comes to picking the best movie song this year, I’d love to see somebody else win. (For example, if Once is overlooked but Stephen Sondheim earns a trophy for Sweeney Todd in the score or song category, I’d be happy as pie with that, too.)

I’d love to hear what tune you think deserves Best Song at the next Academy Awards… sing out, PopWatchers! (Oh, and watch the “Falling Slowly” video, below.)

UPDATE: The Academy has released a list of the 59 eligible songs. Nothing from Sweeney Todd, and “Ever Ever After” is not one of the two songs from Enchanted. Once has both “Falling Slowly” and “If You Want Me.” Cross your fingers.