Official video for Ryan Bingham’s ‘The Weary Kind’

Posted by · 11:13 am · January 21st, 2010

Because, well, I’m glad of any excuse to bring up this track. Is there even a contest for Best Original Song? Even the Academy’s wilful music branch can’t screw this up. Surely.

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  • 1 1-21-2010 at 11:35 am

    tim said...

    I really don’t think this is going to even be nominated by the academy. After Eddie Veder 2 years ago and Springsteen last year (both won the Golden Globe just like ‘The Weary Kind’) both went on to get snubbed by the academy. Just a hunch.

  • 2 1-21-2010 at 11:38 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    There’s a crucial difference — this song is heavily integrated into the narrative of the film and performed onscreen, which is exactly what the music branch is looking for.

  • 3 1-21-2010 at 11:51 am

    Jeff said...

    My fingers are crossed for “You’ve Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger” from An Education. Loved the placement in the movie and I can still remember the scene months after I’ve seen it.

    I also like that film’s other contender, “Smoke Without Fire,” but, if I’m being completely honest, I don’t recall where that fits in the movie at all.

  • 4 1-21-2010 at 11:56 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Jeff: “Smoke Without Fire” is a closing credits track.

  • 5 1-21-2010 at 12:17 pm

    Lev Lewis said...

    Eddie Vedder’s songs were as well, though. Does it not seem plausible that “The Weary Kind” could be excluded in favour of a bunch of “Princess and the Frog” songs or something along those lines?

  • 6 1-21-2010 at 12:17 pm

    McAllister said...

    My 5 picks would be:

    “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart”
    “You’ve Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger” from “An Education”
    “Winter” from “Brothers”
    “Petey’s Song” from “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
    “Depression Era” from “That Evening Sun”

    …with “The Weary Kind” winning. What a song.

  • 7 1-21-2010 at 12:27 pm

    T.J. Wells said...

    I call “Stu’s Song” gets a nom right now. Make fun, go ahead; I’ll have the last laugh.

  • 8 1-21-2010 at 12:32 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Lev: Have you seen “Crazy Heart”? It’s not the same thing at all — the composition of the song is a key plot point.

    Of course, any scenario is plausible with these guys, but this song ticks every single box they have. I don’t see how it could miss.

  • 9 1-21-2010 at 12:40 pm

    Lev Lewis said...

    I have seen it, and I see your point.

    It’s true that Vedder’s tunes weren’t as integral to “Into the Wild”‘s story as “The Weary Kind” is to “Crazy Heart”, but they were incorporated into the film pretty heavily and played a far larger role than simply acting as an end credit track. For what it’s worth I’m still predicting Bingham, I just wouldn’t be totally shocked to see him snubbed on Oscar morning.

  • 10 1-21-2010 at 1:02 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Lev: The Into the Wold songs, especially “Society,” were used in the course of the narrative. But there sure as hell weren’t chunks of the film devoted to the actual writing of the song, its evolution throughout the third act and its ultimate revelation over the credits, so I wouldn’t say the two instances are all that similar. And obviously, the Wrestler track is no comparison in the slightest.

    This is the song of the year in film. I REALLY don’t think it will be ignored, but I would never put anything past this branch either.

  • 11 1-21-2010 at 1:09 pm

    Mike_M said...

    Love it, this should win no problem, but even though Bruce’s song last year wasn’t played until the credits, it was still pretty crucial to the film, in my mind, but I can understand their point since it was played on all black. This time though, there is no excuse!

  • 12 1-21-2010 at 2:56 pm

    The Irishman said...

    Just thinking about the lack of nominations for “The Wrestler” or the “Into the Wild” song pisses me off. And everybody always looks at me funny when I say “Walk Hard” was the biggest snub of the decade. So I’d better not mention that here.


  • 13 1-21-2010 at 2:57 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    No competition? How about an EX BEATLE?

  • 14 1-21-2010 at 3:13 pm

    James D. said...

    Wow, I just listened to Guaranteed by Vedder after this. Vedder should sue.

  • 15 1-21-2010 at 3:19 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    An ex-Beatle with a closing-credits track in a virtually invisible film, I’m afraid.

  • 16 1-21-2010 at 4:20 pm

    RJL said...

    I recently rewatched “To Sir, With Love”. It’s criminal that its title song was not nominated. I guess things were just as bad in 1967 as they have been recently. But then, perhaps the competition was more intense in 1967… that is the year that ‘Talk to the Animals’ won, isn’t it? (Being facetious, just in case anyone wondered.) I haven’t heard a movie song I like as much as ‘The Weary Kind’ in many years. Hope it wins.

  • 17 1-21-2010 at 6:24 pm

    Isaac Richter said...

    Kris, I know you don’t look at trends, and I’m hoping this one gets broken (I was hoping for the same thing last year for The Wrestler) but for the last five years, the Golden Globe winning song has not even been nominated by the Academy (I always though that was weird). “Old Habits Die Hard” from Alfie, “A Love that Will Never Go Old” from Brokeback Mountain, “The Song of the Heart” from Happy Feet, “Guaranteed” from Into the Wild and “The Wrestler” from The Wrestler, all won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, and none were nominated by the Academy. I’m hoping you’re right, but the fact that this song won the Globe worries me. We’ll see though.

    Also, even though it would’ve been great for Eddie Vedder to be nominated for Into the Wild, I believe the Oscar winning song from that year was far superior. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova for “Falling Slowly” from Once. A song I still listen to, and still love it every time I do.

  • 18 1-21-2010 at 6:38 pm

    tim said...

    I hear you guys, but I’m sticking with my prediction. I have to wonder how many Academy members have even seen “Crazy Heart.” I’d love to be proven wrong, but I just have a feeling.

  • 19 1-22-2010 at 5:11 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Isaac: Yeah, we’re all aware of that — you don’t mention the flipside that the eventual Oscar-winner hasn’t been a Globe nominee for five years either. It’s certainly an oddity, but not a conscious trend.

  • 20 1-22-2010 at 6:06 am

    Daniel said...

    Does anyone else have a sneaking suspicion that the Academy will most likely snub “The Weary Kind” and end up giving it to “I See You” from Avatar?

    This would sadly follow the same pattern of the last few years.

  • 21 1-22-2010 at 6:10 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I can imagine “I See You” winning if “Avatar” fever really takes hold, though I don’t think it’s that likely. The song doesn’t really fit the mold of winners in the category these days.

    But what pattern are you referring to?

  • 22 1-22-2010 at 6:18 am

    McAllister said...

    The only reason I would be “okay” with “I See You” getting nominated is because it is so closely tied in with the score. The main theme of the movie is one of the basic melodic elements of the song. But aside from that, the song is nothing more than a typical ballad attached to an epic movie.