UNDERRATED The return of original song performances: Granted, these musical interludes could be bland and contribute to the Oscar telecast's bloated run time, but who can forget Elliott Smith's intimate "Miss Misery" from 1998 or Björks "I've Seen It All" in 2001? While it's not terribly exciting to consider the annual offering from Randy Newman this year, Florence Welch subbing for the drowsy-voiced Dido in A.R. Rahman's "If I Rise" should easily outperform yet another montage.
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