I can't really think of an Oscar category I could care less about then Best Original Song; especially after last year's debacle with Bruce Springsteen's "The Wrestler" inexplicably getting snubbed.
But that has all changed now.
"Stu's Song (What Do Tigers Dream Of?)" from The Hangover has officially been submitted for Academy Award consideration by Warner Bros. Ed Helms - who plays Stu and performs the song in the film - talked to GQ in the current issue about the process. "Warner Bros. asked me to submit "Stu's Song (What Do Tigers Dream Of?)" in the best-song category for the Academy Award. So we wen through the rigmarole of actually having it transcribed and writing out the score. Todd (Phillips, the films director) and I made an official submission. It's so ridculous." Co-star Zach Galifinakis (who also appears in the excellent series Bored to Death) added "I saw Ed passing out flyers at the Grove (an L.A. mall) for it to be nominated, and I think that is supertacky."
For those of you that haven't seen The Hangover; first of all, go see it, it's terrific. But more on point, the song appears toward the end of the film when Stu slides behind a grand piano in their pimping Las Vegas suite and plays an impromptu song that tells the story of a kidnapped tiger, a lost friend and crystal meth tweakers. I would absolutely love for this song to be officially nominated for an Academy Award, but I think the odds of that are staggeringly long. That being said, I think this is a cause I can really get behind, so please, spread the word about "Stu's Song." We need a grass roots movement to get "Stu's Song" some official Academy love. So spread the word. Take the bottle, drink it down, pass it around.