Monday, January 26, 2015

Oscar snubs for Best Original Song in 2014 include Lorde and Fall Out Boy

One of the most frustrating categories at the Academy Awards is for Best Original Song.
That’s because the most memorable movie songs, including those that are big hits on the radio, don’t usually win. In many cases, they aren’t even nominated.
Last year’s ceremony was an exception, with “Let It Go” from the Disney animated musical “Frozen” winning the trophy.
But this year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was back to form, skipping a number of popular songs in favor of a few obscure ones.
Entertainment Weekly readers cited two songs as Oscar snubs that really bugged them: “Yellow Flicker Beat” by Lorde from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” and “Big Eyes” by Lana Del Rey for “Big Eyes.” They were among the 79 original songs short-listed for Oscar contention in December.
Both of those songs were nominated for a Golden Globe award, but lost to “Glory” by John Legend and Common from “Selma.” “Glory” is the front-runner for the Best Original Song at the 2015 Oscars.
To the list of snubs, I’d add “Immortals” by Fall Out Boy from “Big Hero 6.”
Some of the most significant songs from major motion pictures aren’t eligible for Oscars because they weren’t written for the screen.
For instance, “Boom Clap” by Charli XCX was a big hit from “The Fault in Our Stars,” but it wasn’t written for the movie. So it wasn’t eligible for an Oscar.
The 2015 Oscars will be awarded on Feb. 22.

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