In the interest of being thorough about the Academy Awards, I have decided to dedicate a blog entry for every category. The news media will focus on the top five categories, eventually I will too, but these posts are in the interest of examining every single category, even those that send you to the fridge during the show. Today: Best Original Song.
- “Happy”, from Despicable Me 2, music and lyrics by Pharrell Williams
- “Let it Go” from Frozen, music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
- “The Moon Song” from her, music by Karen O, lyrics by Karen O and Spike Jonze
- “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen and lyrics by Paul Hewson
A bizarre entry, “Alone Yet Not Alone”, from the movie of the same name, seemed to come out of nowhere, a song from a movie nobody ever heard of. Yet, On January 29, 2014, the nomination was rescinded after AMPAS found that songwriter Bruce Broughton, a former governor and executive committee member of the music branch of AMPAAS at the time, had improperly contacted other branch members by e-mail solicitation for support. It might have worked had the deception not come to light. That opens up the opportunity for Disney to pull a comeback. Long ago, the House of Mouse cleaned up in this category almost every year, but in the past decade they’ve been missing from the Oscars. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Frozen, or it’s songs, but it looks like my objections aren’t shared by the academy, who will find themselves back on track with “Just Let It Go.”
Who Will Win?: “Let it Go” from Frozen
Who Should Win?: “The Moon Song” from her