Step right up…Best Original Song is there for the taking

Posted by · 8:20 pm · August 20th, 2008

Steve Coogan in Hamlet 2Generally around this time of year I start to compile a list of original songs for consideration in our charts…but I have to say, I’m having a hell of a time coming up with a respectable roll call.

What have we got so far this year?  Peter Gabriel’s “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” seems to be the best shot at the moment.  That is, of course, unless the Academy isn’t keen on the closing credits usage (as mentioned here).

The “Sex and the City” soundtrack has quite a few original numbers, right?  (I steered clear.)  I think the Jennifer Hudson track “All Dressed Up in Love” is the smart money.

Focus Features is going to put some effort behind “Rock Me Sexy Jesus” from “Hamlet 2.”  It could make its way through a thin field or on the goodwill of being a laugh riot alone.

What else?  “The Call” from “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian?”  Wasn’t there an original track from “My Blueberry Nights?”

I know for a fact that Paramount Vantage won’t have anything to push for “Defiance” or “Revolutionary Road.”  It’s probably for the best since they were (unfairly) ignored for their efforts last year on behalf of Eddie Vedder.  I’m doing some more checking, but just based on what we’ve seen this year, is there ANYTHING worth considering?

Studios take note: here’s your chance to dive into the fray in at least one category.  Talk about a wasteland…

Any ideas?

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  • 1 8-20-2008 at 8:47 pm

    Hatter said...

    Consider “The Little Things” by Danny Elfman for “Wanted”.

  • 2 8-20-2008 at 9:24 pm

    AJ said...

    The entire soundtrack for High School Musical 3…they CAN’T ignore it as much as they may want to. Being the music branch how could they ignore the thing that has re sparked music education in this country?

  • 3 8-20-2008 at 11:40 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Yeah, ditto on HSM3 (though fortunately we’d be limited to two entries). Going on past form, the songs will be well-constructed on their own terms, and well-integrated into the body of the film – something the Academy prioritises lately.

    Slim pickings this year, as you say. Maybe this is the year that a Bond theme can return to the nominees fold – Jack White is the kind of credible-yet-digestible artist they like to reward.

  • 4 8-21-2008 at 8:10 am

    AJ said...

    And Alicia Key’s is always a Grammy favorite.

  • 5 8-21-2008 at 9:07 am

    mike said...

    Bond and HSM3 will def have noms…

    How about Pineapple Express by Huey Lewis and the News? (I know its a credit song, but its great), who doesn’t love Huey and they have had a nom before?

  • 6 8-21-2008 at 9:49 am

    Alfredo said...

    I’m all for a nomination for “Rock Me Sexy Jesus”. I dare you not to have it stuck in your head after hearing it!

  • 7 8-21-2008 at 10:02 am

    Damián Hoffman said...

    Best Original Song
    – Australia
    – Miracle at St. Anna
    – Quantum of Solace
    – Rachel Getting Married
    – Wall-E

  • 8 8-21-2008 at 10:24 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I didn’t know Australia, Miracle and Rachel had original songs, Damian. Any details?

  • 9 8-21-2008 at 11:30 am

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    Best Original Song:
    -Sex & the City: The Movie (If J-Hud won for acting, why she didn’t get an Oscar Nomination for Best Song)
    -Quantum of Solace
    -Hamlet 2 (Hustle & Flow won…)

  • 10 8-21-2008 at 3:40 pm

    Josh said...

    I think Pineapple Express is a lock for a nomination for Best Original Song. I love the song from Wanted and it might be considered because it is Danny Elfman.

  • 11 8-21-2008 at 5:25 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I love Huey Lewis as much as the next guy, but…

  • 12 8-21-2008 at 11:02 pm

    D/N said...

    I’ll be holding out hope for “Dracula’s Lament” from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, crushed through my dreams will inevitably be. It blows “Rock Me Sexy Jesus” right out of the water in that the latter is just way too obviously trying to be over-the-top funny and controversial.

  • 13 8-22-2008 at 5:31 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Given the Academy’s new penchant in this category for quirky underdog winner that make good stories (Hansard and Irglova, Jorge Drexler, Three 6 Mafia), I wonder whether we should consider Kimberley Roberts’ songs for “Trouble the Water.”

    Not sure of the eligibility, but the songs couldn’t be more PC, and the title track is quite stirring.

  • 14 8-22-2008 at 2:55 pm

    rubi-kun said...

    Dracula’s Lament from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, anyone?

  • 15 8-23-2008 at 8:25 am

    Mojo said...

    I totally agree with the Dracula’s Lament love. I liked Hamlet 2, but I think it is better than any of the songs it had.

  • 16 8-25-2008 at 3:21 pm

    AJ said...

    ooo! Repo! The Genetic Opera. Forgot about that!

  • 17 9-22-2008 at 2:49 pm

    rich said...

    the wrestler by springsteen. incredible

  • 18 12-17-2008 at 7:59 pm

    Rajesh Wadhwa said...

    Best Song: “O Saya . . ” from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ by ‘A R Rahman’, fulfilling the dream of 100 Crore Indians.