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Oscar's Music Nominees Revealed; Better Luck Next Time, Bieber

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Oscar's Music Nominees Revealed; Better Luck Next Time, Bieber

Suddenly, we suspect Gwyneth Paltrow will be singing live again soon.

The Oscar nominations are in, and this year's contenders for Best Original Song feature a Country Strong ballad, a Disney love duet, the return of Dido and Randy Newman's quadrillionth (sorry, 19th) nominated tune.

To be a little clearer, your nominees for 2011 are "Coming Home" (Country Strong), "I See the Light" (Tangled), "If I Rise" (127 Hours) and "We Belong Together" (Toy Story 3) -- and they're all posted below.

Curiously, the winner at this year's Golden Globes, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from Burlesque, didn't make the Oscar cut -- which is all the more curious considering Oscar rules allow for five nominees in the Original Song category.

OK, maybe the Academy wasn't feeling a Diane-Warren penned Cher ballad this year. Fair’s fair. But it would have been nice to see one extra song in the pack. According to /Film, there were 41 songs that made Oscar's eligibility criteria -- including Avril Lavigne's "Alice" from Alice in Wonderland, Metric's "Eclipse: All Yours" from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" from The Karate Kid. (Better luck with your 3-D movie soundtrack next year, Biebz. "Never say never," and all that.)

As for the Best Original Score category, recent GG-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross landed a nod for their work on The Social Network. Their fellow nominees are John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon), Hans Zimmer (Inception), Alexandre Despiat (The King’s Speech) and A.R. Rahman (127 Hours).

Take a listen to the nominees for Best Original Song:

"Coming Home" (Country Strong: Featuring Gwyneth Paltrow. Music and lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey)

“I See The Light” (Tangled: Featuring Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. Music by Alan Menken, lyric by Glenn Slater)

“If I Rise” (127 Hours: Featuring Dido. Music by A.R. Rahman, lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong)

“We Belong Together” (Toy Story 3: Featuring Randy Newman. Music and lyric by Randy Newman)