The Lamb Devour The Oscars: Best Original Song.

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Sing….Sing a song…Sing out loud…Sing out prooooud. Sing about movies and thier soooonnngs…. Have one be nominated then gooone.

Yes. Not since 1992 has a nomination been removed from The Oscars.  The song “Alone, not yet alone” from the movie of the same has been eliminated from the awards. This doesn’t make me sad, because if you actually heard the song. You would be glad for it’s removal too. It’s the kind of song one would hear at church, and nothing more.  I’m not saying you can’t have a song praising a religious entity for a movie and have it win. But if you do, at least make it good. That song(regardless of your beliefs) was boring. The only thing that upsets me about this news is that no other song can replace it.  I feel that if any movie should have gotten some praise for it’s songs, it was “Inside Llewyn Davis“. Now that one won’t even get a chance to compete. Oh well, let’s look at the four remaining nominees.  You can hear the actual songs themselves by clicking on the title of it  above the picture.

Happy by Pharrell Williams.   Despicable Me 2

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I can’t deny this song does have a slight appeal even though the chorus does get a little repetitive at times.  Compare to most other songs used in kids films at least this one isn’t trying to hop on the latest tween bandwagon. It has flare, style and some originality that I really enjoyed. Not sure of why it was nominated for best song. But I’m not really questioning it either.

Ordinary Love by U2.  Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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Look I know that Bono and the band U2 do a lot of good things and are great humanitarians. I also get that Nelson Mandela was a very important figure that everyone should know about. But I don’t understand what this song has to do with the man’s legacy. All the lyrics tell me is that I can’t reach any higher or go any further without ordinary love. Not sure on how this goes with the story of the guy who helped stop Apartheid.  I get how the lyrics suggest that we all should work together in making things better and I liked that about it. Also Bono and Nelson Mandela have actually met before, so that does give the song a little bit more respect. However I feel like this song could have been used at the end of any serious drama.

Let it Go by Idina Menzel.   Frozen

Let-IT-go-Disney-660x330Alright. Now this more like it. A song that represents the emotion of a particular character in the narrative of the story. Versus just using one for the end credits.  The only problem is that it’s not as memorable as other songs used in Disney Films. The lyrics are fine, and Miss Menzel is a great singer.  It just doesn’t have that same hook like in their other movies.  If this were to win, I wouldn’t be upset .  It is the kind of song that usually does win this award.

Moon Song by Karen O.  Her.

Karen OOf all the nominated songs. This one is the most simplistic, and therefore the most emotional. It sounds like Karen O took a guitar and recorded a demo in her apartment.  I mean that as a sincere compliment, because we are only hearing just the artist.  No other musicians or producers adding beats or instruments to the track. Just the singer, her instrument, and no one else.  It does represent the movie “Her“, because in that.  There was Theodore(Joaquin Pheonix) and Samantha(Scarlett Johannson) and no one else either.  The fact that it is not as big as the other nominees may cause it to loose.  But  I have a feeling we will see a lot more acoustic covers of it then the other ones.

Be sure to read about the other nominations over at The LAMB’s devours The Oscars section by clicking the highlighted link.  I will be back next week with my complete Indie Spirit Awards and Oscar predictions.  Take care.

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I love movies and I enjoy writing about them too. They both go pretty much hand in hand with eachother and it's fun to discover new classics. I also cohost the podcast As You Watch and write for The Cinematic Katzenjammer.
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12 Responses to The Lamb Devour The Oscars: Best Original Song.

  1. Jess says:

    I would be so thrilled if The Moon Song won. Yeah Yeah Yeahs are my favorite band and Karen O is incredible. It’s also just a great song that is very simple as you say. Sometimes that’s best – sort of like Moon River. Very short and sweet. Also, in an interview with Rolling Stone about her nomination she said it was recorded in her dining room with just her and Spike Jonze present so you’re right about the sound. Let it Go seems like the obvious winner though. It sucks that they won’t name a replacement nominee. What’s the harm in doing so?

  2. The Vern says:

    I’m guessing there isnt much time to get all the academy members to vote on a replacement now is why they won’t. Even if Karen O doesn’t win. I’ll be happy just to hear her perform at the show. Thank you for commenting Jess. Readers. check Jess out every week on French Toast Sunday podcast

  3. Although I have yet to see Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, I also think Ordinary Love has very little to do with the persona of Nelson Mandela. That being said, I kind of like the song, it’s catchy and probably my favorite from all the nominees, and this is coming from a person who dislikes U2.

    Dorian

    • The Vern says:

      That is a bold statement, my friend. When it comes to U2. They are a band I can listen to, but I don’t search for their albums on Spotify. Thank you for visiting.

  4. ninvoid99 says:

    I think “Let It Go” will win though I want “The Moon Song” to win. I also like that song “Happy” but I didn’t like the U2 song which I think is just the band repeating themselves but not in a good way. Then again, I haven’t been a fan of U2’s output in the last decade with a few exception. I’m so glad that “Alone yet Not Alone” song was pulled. God, that was bloody awful.

    • The Vern says:

      You can’t top the power of the mouse. He’ll mess you up if you do. When I heard “Alone, not yet alone” I was wondering who sucked off who to get that in the rotation. Seriously voters. Pay attention more. Thanks for visiting

      • ninvoid99 says:

        Of course, Mickey Mouse doesn’t fuck around. Besides, I thank him for beating the shit out of the Jonas Brothers and tell him to make some more motherfucking money. Then he cuts them off for not making the money and they broke up because no one gives a fuck about them.

  5. Man, I’m still humming ‘Let It Go’ and I saw it ages ago! I definitely agree Inside Llewyn Davies should have got some love.

    • The Vern says:

      I was surprised that “Alone not Yet Alone” got more clout for Best Song over “Inside Llewyn Davis” which is filled with songs, and is about a singer. Im still upset I have not seen Frozen

  6. table9mutant says:

    I want Let It Go to win. Definitely. But I looooooove both Despicable Me soundtracks, especially the first one. Pharrell did an amazing job with them. : )

    • The Vern says:

      I had no idea that Pharrell did a work on the first Despicable Me soundtrack. I had no idea there was a soundtrack to that movie. “Let it Go” looks like the front winner so far. Thanks for the comment

      • table9mutant says:

        Yeah! I love the songs in the first Despicable Me. I’ve listened to that soundtrack way too much. ; ) Yep – think Let It Go will be the winner! As it should be.

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