Friday, February 21, 2014

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Best Original Score and Original Song

Best Original Score
Will Win/Should Win - Steven Price "Gravity"
Could Win - Alexandre Desplat "Philomena" or William Butler and Owen Pallett "Her"
Commentary - I feel like the Academy could go one of three ways. Philomena is definitely popular among Academy members, and if they want to reward it, and Desplat, this is a two for one deal. They could go for the quirky and modern score of Her, kind of like their Social Network pick a couple of years ago. But every precursor (except the Globes, which always go their own way), suggests that Gravity's hypnotic and stunning score by Steven Price will win here. I completely agree.

Best Original Song
Will Win/Should Win - Let it Go from Frozen
Could Win - Happy from Despicable Me 2 or Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Commentary - Names like Pharrell and U2 are sure to pull in some support, and unfortunately it most likely U2's snoozer from Mandela that will probably be the biggest upset. They are beloved throughout the industry, even though only about two or three of their albums are actually really good. And while the message of Ordinary Love is important (an aura of importance is another thing going for the group here), the song is really not that great. What is a great song is Let it Go. And I still think that it has the legs to finish the race with an Oscar win. It is a chart-topping number that is everywhere at the moment, and the campaign for the song has been as strong as the one for the film itself. It is the best of the bunch, and deserves to win. I sure hope it does.

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