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Best Song Category in Oscars Suffers Another Setback -- First, Only Two Songs Were Nominated; Now Those Two Songs Appear to Be Dumped From the Show Deadline

It’s a tough year for the best original song category in the Academy Awards. First the Academy found only two songs worthy of nominations, and now the producers of the telecast appear to have decided not to bother including those two songs in the show, Deadline.com reports.

The two nominees are "Real in Rio" from "Rio" and "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets." Other contenders, including songs by Elton John, Mary J. Blige and Sinead O'Connor, failed to make the cut this year.

The story notes that things remain in flux, with Oscars producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer continuing to say the production is a work in progress. However, sources indicate that the songs will not be performed during the broadcast.

Fox and Disney, the studios behind the two nominated productions, reportedly protested the decision to no avail. An insider at one of the companies is quoted as saying, “It seems like a huge missed opportunity to me, and we certainly tried.”

Another source was skeptical about the “news” of the songs’ omission from the show, telling the publication: “Someone ‘leaking’ this possibility to you is just another way for people to try and influence the creative direction of the show. And there have been Oscar shows that did not have the nom songs performed.”

The Academy Awards ceremony will be televised Feb. 26 on ABC.