Hey voters — screw it, vote ‘Saya’ anyway

Posted by · 5:24 pm · February 7th, 2009

We linked to Tom O’Neil’s story in the Oscarweb Round-up this morning, you know, the one reporting that Fox Searchlight is actually trying to get voters to spring for “Jai Ho” over “O…Saya” for fear of vote splitting.  The sad thing is the latter is the better track, and indeed, the best of the nominees.  So hey voters, don’t pay attention to what has to be considered a borderline insulting strategy (if you’re M.I.A.) and vote “O…Saya” anyway!

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  • 1 2-07-2009 at 5:36 pm

    Guy Lodge said...


    I have a major problem with this move on Searchlight’s part. Yeah, so it makes more strategic sense. But you just don’t disrespect one of your own nominees like that. It’s poor form.

    It wasn’t even necessary — everyone already knew “Jai Ho” was the stronger contender (though not, of course, the better song).

  • 2 2-07-2009 at 5:48 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    It’s also insulting to M.I.A., who’s star rose astronomically last year due to her songs’ popularity in Slumdog Millionaire and the trailer for Pineapple Express.

  • 3 2-07-2009 at 5:48 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Whoops, you already pointed that out. It’s been a long day for me………

  • 4 2-07-2009 at 5:58 pm

    Average Joe said...

    Totally agree on both points, it’s insulting to MIA and O…Saya is easily the better song. I’m getting kinda tired of hearing Jai Ho. I hope they don’t play it everytime Slumdog wins an award at the Oscars (thought I know they will). Mix it up a bit.

  • 5 2-07-2009 at 6:06 pm

    michael mckay said...

    I prefer “Jai Ho”, though I think both songs are terrific. Actually, my favorite songs off the soundtrack, are MAUSAM & ESCAPE, RINGA RINGA, and LIQUID DANCE.

  • 6 2-07-2009 at 6:12 pm

    Mimi Rogers said...

    Seriously I don’t find anything spectacular about these Indian songs. They are standard Bollywood fare and you can hear these same tunes in most Bollywood movies (if you care to listen). Seriously Hollywood needs to wake up and stop hyping things up as if they are the next coming. This is almost like a repeat of the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon hype.

  • 7 2-07-2009 at 6:20 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    If you think M.I.A. is “standard Bollywood fare,” Mimi, I suggest you watch more Bollywood films, listen to more M.I.A., or both. Come on.

    And if by “repeating the Crouching Tiger hype,” you mean “shining a light on a terrific movie from outside the Hollywood system,” I say bring it on.

  • 8 2-07-2009 at 7:41 pm

    Hans said...

    Personally, I would want O Saya to win just so we’d be able to see a giddy MIA accept her Oscar and also because Rahman will have already won his Score Award. Jai Ho has, indeed, worn out its welcome and O Saya honestly is the better song.

    That said, I will be happy with either O Saya or Down to Earth taking it. God, what this category devolved into.

  • 9 2-07-2009 at 8:04 pm

    Oliver said...

    “Dreams on Fire” from Slumdog is the BEST SONG OF THE DECADE.

    I am surprised that the academy or even the producers didnt give its due.

  • 10 2-07-2009 at 9:13 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Amazing how, now two years in a row, the Academy managed to take an excellent year for songs and majorly fuck up the category. TWO “Slumdog” songs nominated? What? And only THREE nominees? If it were up to me, I’d have the normal five nominees, and “Slumdog” wouldn’t even appear once. Overrated. “Down to Earth” is heads-and-shoulders above this category and will rightfully walk away with the Oscar.

    And in case anyone is curious, my Top 5 would have been:

    “The Wrestler” from “The Wrestler”
    “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E”
    “I Thought I Lost You” from “Bolt”
    “By the Boab Tree” from “Australia”
    “Little Person” from “Synecdoche, New York”

    Boy did they get this one wrong.

  • 11 2-07-2009 at 9:17 pm

    Glenn said...

    Speaking English, this year was NOT a good year for original songs. It was just filled with end credit songs for the most part.

    “O Saya” is definitely the best of the nominees though. Such a shame.

  • 12 2-07-2009 at 9:18 pm

    Speaking English said...

    I thought it was, clearly, as seen by the ones I listed. And there were more.

  • 13 2-07-2009 at 10:56 pm

    Steven said...

    WALL-E for the win!
    I don’t think this strategy necessarily helps Slumdog‘s chances in this category. It just looks fishy now…


  • 14 2-07-2009 at 11:27 pm

    Matthew Lucas said...

    I don’t really blame them. “Jai Ho” is the film’s signature tune, after all. I like “O Saya,” but “Jai Ho” is by far my favorite song of the year. Either way, it’s still A.R. Rahman, even if M.I.A. has co-credit. Besides, voters are still going to vote for what they like best.

    It’s not any different from Miramax favoring “You Will Be My Ain True Love” over “The Scarlet Tide” from “Cold Mountain” in 2003.

  • 15 2-08-2009 at 12:13 am

    Hardy said...

    O Saya is easily better than Jai Ho.

    No Boss in the list instantly decimates the category’s credibility this year, anyway.

  • 16 2-08-2009 at 1:13 am

    nicon said...

    O says is also composed by a r rahman.

  • 17 2-08-2009 at 1:47 am

    Nigel said...

    Sorry, I prefer Jai Ho. O Saya does nothing for me.

  • 18 2-08-2009 at 1:49 am

    PJ said...

    Agreed, but I can understand Fox Searchlight’s fears of vote splitting; “O…Saya” doesn’t exactly fit the Academy’s usual tastes.

  • 19 2-08-2009 at 5:36 am

    GFH said...

    So that both songs can cancel each other out and let “Down to Earth” win.

  • 20 2-08-2009 at 9:17 am

    Oliver said...

    “O Saya” is also composed by A.R.Rahman.
    Infact its he who is singing those male portions as well.

  • 21 2-09-2009 at 12:01 am

    Glenn said...

    Will MIA even be able to perform though? She’s heavily pregnant now, let alone in another two weeks.