Thursday, December 10, 2015

Golden Globes no better than Oscars at picking memorable best movie songs

I’ve written before about how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences overlooks a lot of great original songs when picking the Oscar for Best Original Song.
The same can be said of the Golden Globes given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The Golden Globe nominations came out Thursday and the contenders for Best Original Song in a motion picture are pretty mundane. The front-runner has to be “See You Again” from “Furious 7.” Variety lists the song as a front-runner for the Oscar as well.
That’s fine. It’s a very popular song, having reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s also nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
But I wish the other nominees were as memorable. Of the remaining four nominees, only “Love Me Like You Do” from “Fifty Shades of Grey” is memorable. And it reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
I was disappointed to see songs from the excellent soundtrack to the animated movie “Home” snubbed by the Golden Globe nominations this year.
In Variety’s list of Oscar contenders, only “Dancing in the Dark” from “Home” merits a mention. Pop star Rihanna co-wrote and sang several great songs for the underrated animated movie, including “Dancing in the Dark” and “Towards the Sun.”
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has awarded Golden Globes for Best Original Song since 1962. To date, it has agreed with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 55% of the time on the award for best original movie song of the year.
So maybe Rihanna will have a shot at an Oscar nomination this time.

Related reading:

Oscar snubs for Best Original Song in 2014 include Lorde and Fall Out Boy (Jan. 26, 2015)

Pop music stars who have won Oscars for Best Original Song (Jan. 27, 2015)

Memorable movie songs passed over for Oscars (Jan. 28, 2015)

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