HitFix tallies up the numeric significance of this year's crop of nominees
2: Number of nominees in the Best Original Song category
Elton John must be pissed. Out of a total pool of 39 eligible songs, it's absolutely baffling - some might even say insulting (a word used by our own Melinda Newman in a great piece from earlier today) - that only two tunes ("Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" and "Real in Rio" from "Rio") made the cut in the Best Original Song category this year. So what's the deal? Turns out the criteria for securing a nomination was changed pretty significantly several years back, essentially making it harder for eligible tunes to garner a nod. Even so, while there have been a few slim years in the past for the category (there were only three nominees in 1988, 2005 and 2008), never before have only two songs been announced. Notable snubs this year include "Love Builds a Garden" from "Gnomeo & Juliet" (a collaboration between Elton John and Lady Gaga), Mary J. Blige's "The Living Proof" from "The Help" and "Life's a Happy Song" from "The Muppets". I guess it's a good thing Madonna's "Masterpiece" from "W.E." was previously deemed ineligible; had the Material Girl ended up receiving a nod you can bet David Furnish would've had a conniption fit on Twitter.