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OW Oscarama – I’m happy to let it go: Best Original Song prediction

February 24, 2014

See that look in her eyes? That’s the look of someone who knows they have an Academy Award locked up.

We are celebrating Oscarama with a series of blog posts sharing our Academy Awards predictions. Up now: Best Original Song.

This year we have four nominees, two from animated films, one from an independent film and one from a biopic of Nelson Mandela. There were five nominees in this category, but the Academy rescinded one of the nominees “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the faith-based film of the same name, because the producers of the film emailed 239 members of the Academy during the nomination process. This is an Academy no-no, so their nomination was tossed away.

Most predictions say the song with the least chance is “Happy” from Despicable Me 2. Now, I may be a little bit biased, but as a stand-alone song, this one’s my favorite of the bunch. My bias is less related to the song’s use in the movie and more related to Pharrell’s 24-hour music video of the song. The song did an excellent job of capturing the totally, um, happy feeling of being in love, though, so it served Despicable Me 2 quite well in that regard.

“The Moon Song” from Her did the best job of moving along the film’s story and giving the characters in the film additional depth. The spareness of the guitar and simple melody perfectly captures the feeling of the entire film. Despite not loving Her, I am super-happy to see Karen O get a nomination. She was totally ripped off for “All is Love” from Where the Wild Things Are. 

“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom took the win for this category at the Golden Globes earlier this year. It made me mad then and it will make me even more mad if it wins on Sunday.  U2 did not write the song for the movie, but as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and released it a week before Mandela passed. The makers of the film slapped the song over the credits and got themselves an Academy Award nomination.

The clear front runner in this category is “Let It Go” from Frozen. You guys, this song is catchy as hell. Add to the fact that Disney has a history of owning this category, I’m fairly certain Frozen‘s got this one locked up.

Listen to the nominees:

“Happy,” Despicable Me 2
Music and lyrics by Pharrell Williams

“Let it Go,” Frozen
Music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“The Moon Song,” Her
Music by Karen O; lyrics by Karen O and Spike Jonze

“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; lyrics by Paul Hewson

The Winner:

“Let it Go” from Frozen, duh. Despite U2’s surprise win at the Golden Globes for “Ordinary Love,” I think Disney’s got this one in the bag. History has proven that the Golden Globes and the Oscars don’t usually agree on Best Original Song. And come on, the music from Frozen is so well-liked, they released a sing-a-long version! There’s really no arguing with that.

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