Of every Oscar category that ignored the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis
, the greatest surprise came when its title was absent from the Best Original Song category. That was until it was realized that none of its soundtrack's 14 songs were eligible for Academy Award contention as they do not fit the Academy's 'strict' criteria of being, well...original songs. Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver's "Please Mr. Kennedy"
appears to be an original by all accounts, but according to T Bone Burnett, the song's complex story of influences
deemed it outside the category's guidelines.
The Nominees for Best Original Song:
- "Let It Go" - Frozen
(Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)
- "Happy" - Despicable Me 2
- "The Moon Song" - Her
- "Ordinary Love" - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
- "Alone Yet Not Alone" - Alone Yet Not Alone
(Joni Eareckson Tada)
There were two legitimate contenders on the list of 75 songs
that we were surprised didn't make the cut.
Although it received mixed reviews, Ben Stiller's The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
caught our attention entirely through its soundtrack. Flowing between the appearances of recognizable songs was an underlying score of Swedish singer Jose Gonzalez's sedating hum, which gradually built up to its own epic conclusion in his song "Stay Alive".
The second snub came from a film universally disliked; The Great Gatsby
. Director Baz Luhrmann is known for his almighty power of bastardizing the classics, but his cruddy films always promise dazzling soundtracks. The highlight off his latest came from the always enamoring Florence and the Machine who blew eardrums and palpitated hearts in "Over The Love".
At least Karen O got a nom.