Friday, January 8, 2016

Golden Globe Winner Predictions: Best Original Song

The competition: “Love Me Like You Do” by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ali Payami, and Ilya Salmanzadeh (Fifty Shades of Grey), “See You Again” by Justin Franks, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, and Wiz Khalifa (Furious 7), “One Kind of Love” by Brian Wilson and Scott Montgomery Bennett (Love and Mercy), “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith and James Napier (Spectre), and “Simple Song #3” by David Lang (Youth).

For your information: This is the first nomination for all contenders in this category. Though the past three years have been different, in the past ten years, six of the winners have gone on to be snubbed by Oscar. There isn’t much more to say technically about this category except that big names tend to win over the buzziest songs. This is the seventh nomination for a James Bond film. Only one has ever won, and that was “Skyfall” in 2012. Brian Wilson has never been nominated for a Golden Globe but has contended for nine Grammys and won two of them.

Who should win? I just listened to all these songs again. I like “See You Again” but I was also surprisingly fond of “Simple Song #3.” They’re definitely different types of music.

Who will win? I think I’ll still go with See You Again even though I think that “One Kind of Love” could win due to its Beach Boys roots and “Simple Song #3” could also triumph because it stands apart so much from the rest of the nominees.

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