Monday, February 9, 2015

Awards-Nazi Award Nominations: Best Original Song

There weren't that many films with good original songs this year (basically there was Begin Again and then everything else), but the songs that did I decide upon I rather like. Have a listen to my five Best Original Song nominees after the cut:

Lost Stars” from Begin Again
(Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley, Nick Southwood)
Though written by Knightley's character as a love song, it poetically foreshadows the relationship's ultimate bittersweet fate. “Don't you dare let our best memories bring you sorrow, Yesterday I saw a lion kiss a deer, Turn the page - maybe we'll find a brand new ending, Where we're dancing in our tears...”

A Step You Can't Take Back” from Begin Again
(Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, John Carney)
Sure, the visual gimmick that accompanies it feels a little chintzy, but the song itself is a wonderful intro to Knightley's character, niftily summing up all her emotional baggage well before we learn what it is. “Taken all the punches you could take, Took 'em all right on the chin, Now the camel's back is breakin', Again, again...”

For the Dancing and the Dreaming” from How to Train Your Dragon 2
(Jonsi Birgisson, John Powell, Shane MacGowan)
This romantic little moment between Stoick and his beloved Valka is a lovely interlude, but also carries a twinge of melancholy for all those years lost. It even gets a gorgeous instrumental treatment to underscore a subsequent scene on a far more sorrowful note. “I'd gladly ride the waves of life if you will marry me...”

Glory” from Selma (John Legend, Common, Rhymefest)
Selma's glorious rallying cry for the movement it depicts is pointedly summed up by this truth-spewing anthem: “Now we right the wrongs of history, No one can win the war individually, It takes the wisdom of the elders and young people's energy, Welcome to the story we call victory, Comin' of the Lord my eyes have seen the glory...”

Song of the Sea” from Song of the Sea (Nolwenn Leroy, Bruno Coulais, Kíla)
With mesmerizing Celtic melody and orchestrations, this hypnotic lullaby becomes the main theme for the entire musical score. The lyrics are also, in their own subtle way, evoking the film's subtext about transitioning through grief: “Between the here, between the now... Neither quiet nor calm, searching for love again...”

Just missed:
"Coming Up Roses" from Begin Again (Glen Hansard, Danielle Brisebois)
"Like A Fool" from Begin Again (John Carney)
"Where No One Goes" from How to Train Your Dragon 2 (John Powell, Jonsi)
"Everything is Awesome" from The LEGO Movie (Shawn Patterson
"We Will Not Go" from Virunga (J. Ralph)

1 comment:

  1. Best Original song:

    Begin Again – “Coming up Roses " – Music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Danielle Brisebois

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – " The Last Goodbye" – Music and lyrics by Billy Boyd, Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh

    A Most Violent Year – "America for Me" – Music and Lyrics by Alex Ebert

    Noah – "Mercy Is" – Music and lyrics by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye

    Selma – "Glory" – Music and Lyrics by John Legend and Common