Thursday, January 14, 2016

Oscar Nominees: Best Original Song

My predictions: 3/5, missing the songs from “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Racing Extinction”
My ballot: Come back in February!
The nominees: “Earned It” (Fifty Shades of Grey), “Manta Ray” (Racing Extinction), “Simple Song #3” (Youth), “’Til It Happens To You” (The Hunting Ground), “Writing’s on the Wall” (Spectre)

So, technically I haven’t seen four of these films, but I don’t consider it necessary to see a film with a nominated song to be able to appreciate it, especially when none of the nominees are from musicals and none of them are nominated in any other category. I’m sad that “See You Again” from “Furious 7” didn’t make the cut, mainly because it would have been exciting to see it performed. I have to get to know these songs better, but I know I don’t like the Golden Globe-winning tune from “Spectre,” which becomes the fourth James Bond song to be Oscar-nominated. Interestingly, a different song than the one that earned a Golden Globe bid from “Fifty Shades of Grey” showed up here. More on this category when I really know these songs.

My current bet to win: I see it going to ’Til it Happens to You.

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