This year's Oscar race has been slow to start... that is, until this week. Ladies and gentlemen of the Academy, I present "Pimps Don't Cry," the clear front-runner for Best Original Song!

As performed by Cee-Lo and Eva Mendes in the end credits of the major motion picture The Other Guys, "Pimps Don't Cry" is a sultry R&B duet explores the vulnerable emotional life of a certain kind of gentleman as witnessed by his number 5 lady. It's about pain. Love. Pharoah's beards. It was written by Jon freaking Brion. And it is the best original song eligible for Academy Awards consideration of the year so far.

Evidence that "Pimps Don't Cry" is to be taken seriously? It's got an official music video. One with Cee-Lo wielding a keytar while Brion backs him in a sparkly jacket. If you needed proof that Mendes is a fine comedic actress in her own right, look no further than right after the jump ...