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11. 'Miss Misery' (from 'Good Will Hunting')
Songwriter: Elliot Smith
Who it lost to: My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from "Titanic")
Why it's still great today: Unlike the usual bombastic, overtly heartstring-tugging tunes picked for special attention by the Academy (note the epic drivel that took home the gold), "Miss Misery" was classic Smith -- understated, moody, haunting. Smith wasn't eager to perform at the Oscars and didn't seem to care that he lost, which seemed apropos for an indie rocker who never had the end goal of making a buck or a splash. Though Smith left us too soon (he committed suicide in 2003), his subtle, artfully crafted music remains, a painful reminder of what we've lost.
- Liane Bonin Starr