Sunday, November 28, 2010

Golden Globe Musings: Best Original Song

Golden Globe nominations for this year will be announced in just a few weeks, so here’s a survey of the contenders and the most likely predictions at this time. Weigh in with your thoughts, and let me know if I’ve left off anything important. A reminder that the Globes are wildly unpredictable and that it is still a bit early to gauge the reception or awards potential of a number of the so-called “contenders” at this point.

Last year’s nominees:
I See You (Avatar)
Winter (Brothers)
The Weary Kind (Crazy Heart)
I Want to Come Home (Everybody’s Fine)
Cinema Italiano (Nine)

After hours of listening to confirmed Oscar submissions for this category on YouTube in the background while doing more important things, I feel like I have a good idea of what might be nominated, which probably translates to a decent shot at predicting a few of the nominees correctly. It’s impossible to narrow down the songs that will be included from Burlesque and Tangled, but I suspect that at least the latter will get one or two nominations. Toy Story 3, with only one song, is a safe bet considering the first two films got a nomination apiece. How to Train Your Dragon has a good shot as well, since this category is traditionally kind to animated films. There are some interesting choices from Alice in Wonderland, Get Low, Somewhere (the song used in the trailer), Waiting for Superman, and Why Did I Get Married Too. Consider also the epic song from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and any of the music from Country Strong, which bears some similarities in plot to last year’s victor “Crazy Heart.” I’m hopeful that any of the songs from Ondine, especially “All Alright,” can make it in, but I doubt it. Here are my best, rather uneducated guesses.

Predicted nominees:
Burlesque (Bound to You)
Country Strong (Country Strong)
How to Train Your Dragon (Sticks and Stones)
Tangled (I See the Light)
Toy Story 3 (We Belong Together)

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