Ah, music. Thanks to Best Song, we have guaranteed relief for the show if it gets stuffy. We can also root for surprise upsets (such as 2006, when Three 6 Mafia won for Hustle & Flow) and compelling performances, such as 2011’s “Man or Muppet” and and last year’s “Glory” from Common and John Legend.
And the nominees for Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) are:
- “Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey (Belly, Stephan Moccio, Jason “Daheala” Quenneville, and the Weeknd)
- “Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction (J. Ralph and Antony Hegarty)
- “Simple Song #3,” Youth (David Lang)
- “Til It Happens To You, ” The Hunting Ground (Lady Gaga and Diane Warren)
- “Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre (Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith)
And the nominees for Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) are:
- Bridge of Spies
- The Hateful Eight
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
John Williams, known for his iconic scores, may very well win for Star Wars, but nothing would thrill me more than Ennio Morricone’s return to westerns for The Hateful Eight is an instant classic. Please, please, please, let Morricone win. Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes won the Golden Globe for Spectre, but would a win for The Hunting Ground set Lady Gaga on a path to an EGOT? Or Youth, a movie everyone loves but no one has seen, will take the statue home.
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