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There’s already a lot of Oscar buzz for the creators and stars of the upcoming big-screen adaptation of best-selling novel The Help. And now you can add another possible nomination to the list: A Best Original Song nod for Mary J. Blige‘s single “The Living Proof,” penned for the movie’s soundtrack.

Blige, fresh off a triumphant performance at the Essence Festival in New Orleans over the weekend, is in full clutch-your-heart-and-brace-yourself-on-the-piano mode here, eschewing any sort of R&B trickery in favor of a belt-heavy torch song about overcoming the odds.

Give it a listen after the jump (her vocals kick in about a minute in, in case you’re impatient).

Is it me, or is there a little bit of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work” in the strings that dance around the piano? (That’s a compliment, by the way; more people should steal things from Kate.)

What do you think of “The Living Proof”? Will it earn her the O in her EGOT? And how does it compare to “The Living Daylights”? Shout your opinions to the heavens (or simply type them into the comments below).Read more on J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, and Trey Songz to perform at 2011 BET Awards on June 26 — EXCLUSIVE