Thursday, February 3, 2011

Best Original Song - 2010

"If I Rise" from 127 Hours sung by Dido and A.R. Rahman

Movie Synopsis: A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Does it appear in the movie (i.e. other than the end credits)? N/A.
Is it important to the plot? N/A.
Is it pleasing to the ear? D.

"Coming Home" from Country Strong sung by Gwyneth Paltrow

Movie Synopsis: A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter who sparks with a fallen star.

Does it appear in the movie (i.e. other than the end credits)? N/A.
Is it important to the plot? N/A.
Is it pleasing to the ear? B+.

"I See the Light" from Tangled sung by Mandy Moore and Zachery Levi

Movie Synopsis: The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.

Does it appear in the movie (i.e. other than the end credits)? Yes.
Is it important to the plot? Rapunzel and Flynn realize they are in love.
Is it pleasing to the ear? A+.

"We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 sung by sigh, Randy Newman

Movie Synopsis: The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.

Does it appear in the movie (i.e. other than the end credits)? I've seen this movie twice and I don't fucking remember!
Is it important to the plot? Uh...maybe?
What would I vote for?

"I See the Light" from Tangled

Oh, please. If you're surprised, you really don't know me at all. I will say that this is one of the most beautiful love songs I've ever heard, Disney movie or otherwise. Yes, 't's very Alan Menken but why fix what ain't broke? I want this one to win more than "That's How You Know" from Enchanted.

So what won?
"We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3

Okay, just fucking great. Are you happy, Randy Newman?? 20 nominations of the same fucking song and you won AGAIN. I hope you're fucking pleased with yourself for stealing the Oscar from one of the best nominees in YEARS!!!! ARG!!!!! RETIRE!!! ARG!!!!!

The last time there were four nominees in this catergory was back in 1939 when "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz took home the golden guy. I cannot fathom why this year has four nominees, since there have steadily been five since 1946, with a freak three nominees in 1988, 2005, and 2008. But whatever. 127 Hours' song was pretty freaking underwhelming. (Why is there always some pretentious, sipping-coffee-and-reading-Sylvia-Plath type song?) I liked "Coming Home" just fine, but I'm a fan of country music. Oh, and suck it, Randy Newman.
Honestly, I could never compile a proper list of "Best Original Songs" because I don't stick around during the end credits and don't really know what's "original". But as a super fun bonus to this entry, I give you a few original songs that I hoped would have been nominated.

"Dreams to Dreams" from An American Tail: Fievel Goes West sung by Cathy Cavadini

1991's Nominees
"Beauty and the Beast" - Beauty and the Beast
"Belle" - Beauty and the Beast
"Be Our Guest" - Beauty and the Beast
"Everything I Do (I Do it For You)" - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
"When You're Alone" - Hook

Notes: 1991 was a pretty fucking good year and I like all five nominees. I would probably boot out "When You're Alone" just because it's the least memorable. "Dreams to Dreams" is a GORGEOUS song and very, very underrated although it was nominated for a Golden Globe (over either "Belle" or "When You're Alone"). It's far better than An American Tale's soft rock standard "Somewhere Out There".

"Let Me Be Your Wings" from Thumbelina sung by Gary Imhoff and Jodi Benson

1994's Nominees
"Look What Love Has Done" - Junior
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" - The Lion King
"Circle of Life" - The Lion King
"Hakuna Matata" - The Lion King
"Make Up Your Mind" - The Paper

Notes: Listen, it's a beautiful song and far better than Randy Newman's "Make Up Your Mind".

"Scotty Doesn't Know" from Euro Trip sung by Lustra
2004's Nominees
"Look to Your Path" - The Chorus
"Al Otro Lado Del Rio" - The Motorcycle Diaries
"Learn to Be Lonely" - Phantom of the Opera
"Believe" - The Polar Express
"Accidentally in Love" - Shrek 2

Notes: "Scotty Doesn't Know" is one of the most underrated movie songs of all time. The song is about how Scotty's girlfriend Fiona has repeatedly cheated on him with the lead singer of the band (portrayed by Matt Damon in the movie). As the main character and his friends tour Europe, the song becomes a hit, even being remixed in a dance club in eastern Europe. This is a fun pop punk song and catchy as hell, but it is also important to the film, far more important than dozens of other nominees and winners in the BOS catergory.

"Keep Holding On" from Eragon sung by Avril Lavigne

2006's Nominees
"Our Town" - Cars
"Listen" - Dreamgirls
"Love You I Do" - Dreamgirls
"Patience" - Dreamgirls
"I Need to Wake Up" - An Inconvenient Truth

Notes: I really liked this song from the first time I heard it, during the end credits of Eragon. Does it have anything to do with the movie? Hell no. Was it a big radio hit? Hell yes. I can't help it but I have a certain attachment to radio hit BOS nomineees.

"Possibility" from The Twilight Saga: New Moon sung by Lykke Li

2009's Nominees
"The Weary Kind" - Crazy Heart"Take It All" - Nine
"Loin de Paname" - Paris 36
"Almost There" - The Princess and the Frog
"Down in New Orleans" - The Princess and the Frog

Notes: No, I am not one of those people. But I fucking love this song, from the first time I watched New Moon, this last summer. With its echoing piano and slow, steady tempo, this song just weighs on your chest. It depresses you and along with the visuals of Bella's own depression, it matches perfectly.

And, if there were a fifth nominee for 2010...

"Alice (Underground)" from Alice in Wonderland sung by Avril Lavigne

Notes: Another Avril Lavigne end credits song...but unlike "Keep Holding On", this one actually fits the "Hot Topic-ness" of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

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