Monday 17 December 2012

Oscar Predictions 2013: Best Original Song.

The best original song category has seen some interesting winners in the past, giving music artists their chance to add Oscar winner to their list of achievements, but it's not easy. The Academy has some stretched rules for this category: "original and specifically written for a motion picture. There must be a clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition (not necessarily visually presented) of both lyrics and melody, used in the body of the motion picture or as the first music cue in the end credits" Ok, is everyone clear? Good, lets take a look at the possibilities.
The academy love when the original song writers of a show come back to write an original song for the film version, and they will love Suddenly, written by Claude-Michel, Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzmer and sung by Huge Jackman in Les Miserables. This one will get nominated and has a really good chance to win.

Its strongest competition comes from Adele's Skyfall, written by Adele Atkins and Paul Epwoth for the latest Bond movie Skyfall. Everyone loves Adele and she has become somewhat of an awards magnet recently. The opening of Skyfall was probably the best musical moment of the year in movies, excluding the whole of Les Miserables of course. Could Adele win the fist Oscar for a James Bond theme song? I think she has a good chance.

Mumford and Sons are in the same boat as Adele. Their song Learn Me Right with Birdy, written for Pixar's Brave, is pretty much a sure thing to pick up a nomination but I don't think it will win.

Taken from the documentary,Paul Williams Still Alive,  about the legendary song writer for the Carpenters ands the Muppet's, the song written of course by Paul Williams and cleverly named Still Alive, will likely be called out when the nominations are announced come January.

I loved Karen O's work on Where The Wild Things Are and was shocked when she was omitted from the Oscar nominations list that year, due to some silly technicality, maybe her song in Frankenweenie named Strange Love will get her the well deserved Oscar nomination, I would hope so but I doubt she will.

The Globes saw Keith Urban and Micheal McDevitt get nominated for their song For You from Act of Valor, which after getting a critics choice award has a shot at the Oscar nomination. As well as Jon Bon Jovi, who sees him getting one for his song Not Running Anymore from Strand Up Guys and Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars song Safe & Sound form The Hunger Games, but I don't see them picking up nominations. Wide Awake from Katy Perry's  3D concert movie Part of Me may have been on the short list but she's not the kind of artist the academy will vote for, sorry love.
Right then here are my predictions for Best Original Song.

1. Skyfall - Adele Atkins and Paul Epwoth 'Skyfall'

2. Suddenly - Claude-Michel, Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzmer 'Les Miserables'

3. Still Alive - Paul Williams 'Paul Williams Still Alive'

4. For You - Keith Urban and Micheal McDevitt 'Act of Valor'

5. Learn Me Right - Monford and Sons 'Brave'

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Or have I forgotten something you think should be nominated? Let me know.



  1. Karen O is amazing; loved her work on Where The Wild Things Are. And Skyfall is great and all but none of these songs are as good as The Muppets songs from last year!

  2. What is your "dark horse" favorite? One that everyone is not expecting? The next "Once"? Could it be 'VOODOO' from 'Halloween Party'?

    1. I've never heard of that film or song but I don't think it's the kind of thing that the academy would vote for, Katy Perry has a better chance. I think Dolly Parton has a shot, with two previous noms but no win, maybe she could be the dark horse.

  3. Neil Finn has always been a critical darling, and his song for The Hobbit was very good.

  4. A good choice but I don't think many people know who he is and the academy voters tend to go for big names, I like the song, it reminds me of Simon and Garfunkel, but The Hobbit just isn't genreating any real buzz in this category.