‘An Education’ for Best Original Song?

Posted by · 4:34 pm · October 20th, 2009

Beth RowleyThis morning I highlighted a few areas where the “An Education” team might want to angle for nominations beyond the slam-dunk that is the Carey Mulligan Express. What I forgot to suggest is that the film could theoretically put itself in the hunt for Best Original Song.

You could be forgiven for thinking that the lovely, woozy torch ballad “You’ve Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger” — which features prominently in the trailer, as well as twice in the film itself — is a dusty archive find from the early 1960s.

However, it’s actually a contemporary track co-written and performed especially for the film by 28 year-old British jazz-pop chanteuse Beth Rowley (who appears as a nightclub singer in the film).

The song might be a tad breezy to score with the fussy music branch — and I might be missing some finicky eligibility issue — but it is thematically relevant and integrated into a key scene, while Rowley has a certain critical cache at the moment. Hell, if we’re talking about Adam Lambert, we should add this one to the pile.

Of course, the film also features a contemporary end-credits track, Duffy’s rather more dramatic soul ballad “Smoke Without Fire.” Lone Scherfig’s statement on the official “An Education” website says this was recorded for the film too — but since it was a B-side to a Duffy single as early as last year, I don’t know if it’s eligible or not.

If your memory needs jogging, you can listen to the Rowley track in full here.

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  • 1 10-20-2009 at 4:47 pm

    Danny K. said...

    Wow! You’re definitely correct that I assumed it was a song from the 60s/70s. I quite enjoyed the song in the trailer, but had no idea it was made by a contemporary artist.

    The best original song category looks to be an interesting one. There’s also some hopeful songs from Up in the Air and Precious.

  • 2 10-20-2009 at 5:02 pm

    Guany said...

    I love this song!

  • 3 10-20-2009 at 5:17 pm

    Marshall said...


    You are seriously my hero for this post. I heard the tune in the trailer and somehow figured out what it was. I brought up the song in my “Oscar Moment” on my blog (http://marshallandthemovies.com/2009/10/15/aneducation/), and I’m so glad people are getting behind it! It’s already in my top 25 most played on iTunes after 3 days!

    Marshall @ Marshall and the Movies

  • 4 10-20-2009 at 5:18 pm

    Marshall said...

    Wrong link on my post…sorry! If anyone is interested in the opinions I have formulated based on what I hear here, click THIS link:

  • 5 10-20-2009 at 6:20 pm

    Georgie said...

    There are a lot of songs that I’ve heard so far that are deserving of Original Song nominations: All is Love, the song from Precious, and now this. I also assumed it was an older song. Hopefully with all these great songs we have five nominees and not three.

  • 6 10-20-2009 at 7:18 pm

    André said...

    it’s a nice song and it’s featured quite prominently in the film, so it might get in.

    I actually thought it was kinda weird when all the characters in the table sang along and then sang it again in the car… seemed like they were trying too hard to “sell” me the song.

    oh well, at least it’s a good one!

  • 7 10-20-2009 at 9:28 pm

    rosengje said...

    I am an unapologetic Duffy enthusiast, but I love “Smoke without Fire.”

    Let’s just keep picking categories that this film deserves Oscar nominations in. What’s next?

  • 8 10-20-2009 at 10:12 pm

    Glenn said...

    I don’t think it matters if Duffy’s track was a b-side as long as it was written specifically for the film and not for her album, didn’t make the cut and was then submitted for the film (sort of like what happened to “Come What May”, not used for one movie, but then used for another and deemed ineligible).

  • 9 10-21-2009 at 12:28 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    That’s original? Had no idea. A sure-fire nominee then!

  • 10 10-21-2009 at 12:44 am

    Nanette said...

    Of course the film was already finished way before Duffy released the vinyl B-side last autumn. Don’t know if it qualifies though.

  • 11 10-21-2009 at 9:42 am

    A.J said...

    I’d call “You’ve Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger” a lock…unless of course it wins the Golden Globe- then it won’t be nominated

  • 12 10-21-2009 at 12:58 pm

    annia said...

    I loved the song so much, I already tried to get on internet. Its fantastic.

  • 13 10-22-2009 at 10:16 am

    Marshall1 said...

    Her album Little Dreamer is amazing….