Oscars 2014 Best Original Song
The countdown to the Oscars on March 2nd continues and perhaps the biggest controversy this year has come in the nominations for Best Original Song. The 5 nominations have been cut to 4, after the nod to Alone Yet Not Alone, from the film with the same name was rescinded. Former Academy Governor Bruce Broughton emailed at least 70 fellow Academy members to recommend the song he had composed. In the correspondence Broughton stated that he would like to “boldly” direct their attention to “entry 57″ on the DVD compilation all members are sent by the Academy. The Academy has said that his actions contravened “a long-standing policy and practice… to prevent favouritism and promote unbiased voting”. And while the Top 5, is technically a Top 4, we’ll air the nominees.
Alone Yet Not Alone – “Alone Yet Not Alone”
The naughty song amongst the bunch. The reason it has caused so much controversy is that the film which the song is taken is a Christian tale of a German family fleeing religious persecution who seek refuge in the United States. The smoltz ridden video (brace yourself for the opening message) has every bone of this cynic rattling, yet it probably stood a good chance of winning for its fundamental values, beauty and Christian message.
Happy – “Despicable Me 2”
The Toe-tapper. This is undeniably the popular success of the nominees having scored many a number 1 around the globe. Pharrell Williams will be performing Happy at the Oscars Ceremony, although that doesn’t mean the song is likely to win. It is however likely to raise a smile on the face of everyone watching. Officially a tune and the one that will be robbed.
Ordinary Love – “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
The Outsider. U2’s track provides one of the few nominations for the timely Nelson Mandela biopic which was released only days after his death. The strength of the field this year is partly to blame for its lack of nominations, with Idris Elba particularly losing out. It is a standard U2 affair, and somewhat not in keeping with the nature of the film and its setting, yet it is uplifting and euphoric is equal measure.
Moon Song – “Her”
The Cult Cool. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs provides the vocal work for the quirky ditty which laces its way over the closing credits of the equally quirky “Her” film. Simple guitar, unpolished vocals, it is the perfect allegory for the film itself. It delivers a heartfelt message but will that resonate with the Academy voters?
Let it Go – “Frozen”
The Front Runner. With “Alone Yet Not Alone” officially dead in the water, Disney’s “Frozen” is the leading contender in this category. In a film in which Disney finally manage to have a female character that young girls can aspire to be rather than a dainty princess who relies on a man to save her, this song has everything the Academy should go for. Heart, production, and a good message.
But which do you think will win?
Which song will win Best Song at the Oscars 2014?
- Let it Go – “Frozen” (64%, 18 Votes)
- Happy – “Despicable Me 2” (18%, 5 Votes)
- Moon Song – “Her” (18%, 5 Votes)
- Ordinary Love – “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 28