Posts tagged “Best Original Song

Oscars 2016 Category Breakdown: Best Original Song

Every year before the Oscars I break down each of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with the category, how it typically goes, voting-wise, historically and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.

What I do is go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have voted, how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win. So you know what the general favorites are.

Today is Best Original Song. Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. (more…)


Oscars 2016: Best Original Song Eligibles

I love when they announce the Best Original Song eligibles. Nothing is more fun than going through all of them and listening to as many as I can (which is usually 90-95% of them). Definitely one of my favorite articles of the year to write.

This year, there are 91 songs eligible. Of those 91, at least 65 are never gonna get nominated and another 15 stand no realistic chance. So basically we’re gonna listen to 91 songs to find 11 that maybe have a chance, of which only 5 will be nominated.

They’ve updated the system for voting, so now there will be five nominees and they basically just vote for what they like the best and the top five vote getters get nominated. So we’ll gauge accordingly for that. Generally you can listen to them and know which ones have no chance and then also know by sight which ones will get pushed through by studio campaigns or previous nominees.

Anyway, here are your 91 potential nominees for Best Original Song: (more…)


88th Academy Awards Recap

So the Oscars were last night. A lot to talk about.

This is where we officially close the book on 2015 and move into 2016. I’ll try to give everything its due, but there was a point about an hour into the ceremony where I was just kind of over it and wanted to move on.

Overall it was a strange year. They really spread the wealth around. Mad Max won six, I think, and then The Revenant won 3 and Spotlight won 2 and then everything else only won 1. Crazy.

A lot of major stats fell and a lot of crazy shit happened. So let’s get into it: (more…)


The 88th Academy Awards Scorecard

My friend introduced me to this last year. I had no idea people did it, and I honestly think it’s the best way to pick the Oscars. Here’s how it works:

You take every category and rank all of the nominees in terms of order you think they’re going to win. If your #1 choice wins, you get 1 point. If #2 wins, you get to. Etc. And in the end, you tally your score up. And the lowest score (24 being the lowest) wins. It’s very simple, and the only time it gets confusing is if a tie happens, which is pretty rare in the history of the Academy (even though one did happen in 2012).

I prefer it because it’s based more on diagnosing the category than simply picking a winner. And diagnosing categories is my specialty.

Here’s my scorecard for this year’s Oscars: (more…)


The B+ Oscar Ballot: 2015 – The Quick Picks

My giant ballot article went up a few hours ago. This is the abridged version of that, for easy reference during the ceremony.

Here’s everything you should be taking, and what I’m taking. Very succinct, with cliff notes versions of all the categories.

And in a bit, I’m gonna post my scorecard for how I’m gonna rank myself on that. (Note: The rankings here may be slightly different from the ones I’m picking on the Scorecard.)

Here are the quick picks for the 88th Academy Awards: (more…)


The B+ Oscar Guide to the 88th Academy Awards

Everything you need for Oscar night in one place. I make things as simple or as complex as you want them to be. You can read all 34,000 words like the insane person who wrote them, or you can skip through and look purely for my picks. It’s up to you. All I can promise is a respectable showing in your office/party pool and enough knowledge to make you look like you know what you’re talking about.

This article acts as both my own personal ballot as well as a tool for guessing what will win in every category. On the personal side, this acts as an extension of my Oscar Quest. I rank each category based on my thoughts having seen all the nominees and pick what I’d vote for if I were casting a ballot. That’s just for me. The practical side is more interesting. I run down every category, discuss the nominees in depth. I give you all the precursor information you need, then break down the categories. I tell you what’s most likely going to win, what its biggest competition is, and which nominee has a chance at sneaking up to surprise everyone with a win. I also link to all the category breakdowns I’ve been writing over the past couple of weeks (hint: you can click the name of each category to get to them) if you want every bit of information you can possibly get.

Then, at the very end, I plainly say “Here’s what I am taking on my ballot” and “Here is what you should take, because it is the safest and smartest decision, based on everything I’ve presented above.” I also color code everything, so you can easily find stuff. No one else goes this nuts with their coverage. Trust me. This is why you come to me. (more…)


Oscars 2015 Category Breakdown: Best Original Song

Every year before the Oscars I break down each of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with the category, how it works, what its history is, how it usually turns out, and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.

How these work is — I go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have went, and how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win.

Today is Best Original Song. A category previously won by Eminem, Three 6 Mafia, and Rogers & Hammerstein. (more…)


Oscars 2015: Best Original Song Eligibles

The day they announce the eligibles for Best Original Song is one of my favorite days of the year. Very few things make me happier than going down the list, finding and listening to all the songs and deciding arbitrarily what will or won’t be nominated. Sure, this paints a very bleak picture of my own sad and lonely existence, but a man has to have a hobby.

The Academy announced today that 74 songs are eligible for inclusion on the Best Original Song category at the Oscars. As I do every year, I will preview as many of them as I can here. At first glance, it seems like more than half the list is filler that has no chance at being nominated, so perhaps this year will be easier to guess than others. (more…)


87th Academy Awards Recap

Well, that’s another year in the books. Goodbye, 2014, hello 2015.

I have no idea how many I got wrong or right. I think I was in the 18 range or so. Which is admirable. I don’t even care. Because not a single category threw me for a loop. I was right there with either the winner or runner up in every single category. That’s all I can ever ask for.

I was also extremely pleased that the majority of the Oscars went to three of my top four films of the year. And you throw in an extra win for my #6 film and another win for my #10 film. So I’m pretty pleased overall.

You can read my live blog of the events here. And now we’ll recap everything so we can get on with 2015: (more…)


87th Academy Awards Live Blog

We’ll tally everything up tomorrow. In the mean time. I was typing up the Oscars as I watched it with my Chinese food and alcohol.

I was also feverishly texting throughout the whole thing. It’s actually kind of a miracle that I managed to get all of it done.

So, here’s my live blog of the Oscars, as I was watching: (more…)


Oscars 2014: The B+ Movie Blog Quick Picks

My giant picks article went up a few hours ago. This is the abridged version of that, for easy reference during the ceremony.

Here’s everything you should be taking, and what I’m taking.

Oh, and rankings for that new system I’m trying to see how truly accurate I am at all of this. That is, I’m ranking them in terms of the order they will win. And the closest the winner is to my rankings, the better I do.

Here are the quick picks:

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Oscars 2014: The B+ Movie Blog Ballot

I used to call this Picks, Votes, Analysis, Rankings. But that’s not a fun title.

This article has everything you need for Oscar night. I run down every single category, tell you what’s nominated, how I felt about each of the nominees, tell you what wasn’t nominated that might have been, what I’d vote for, then break down the category and let you know what’s most likely going to win, what its biggest competition is, and what, if anything, has a chance to sneak in and surprise everyone. It has links to all the category breakdowns I’ve written over the past three weeks, and I even say, at the very end, “Here’s what I’m taking, and here’s what you should take, because it’s the smartest and safest decision.” I also color code everything, so you can find stuff incredibly easy.

If you want to sound remotely like an expert at your Oscar party and know very little about the overall goings on apart from having seen some of the movies, read this article. You’ll be fine. (more…)


Oscars 2014 Category Breakdown: Best Original Song

This is a tradition for me. Every year, before the Oscars, I break down every single one of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with each category, how it works, what its history is, how it usually turns out, and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.

How these work is — I go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have went, and how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win.

Today is Best Original Song, which is a fun category because it’s all right there for everyone to figure out. (more…)


Oscars 2014: Best Original Song Eligibles

This is one of my favorite articles to write every year. I love looking up all the Original Song contenders and listening to them.

Here’s how I do this: I go through all the songs, one by one — this year, there are 79 songs eligible — listen to them, rate them out of five, talk about their likelihood of being nominated, and then when I’m done, guess which are most likely to make the final list.

And usually we’re never right. Something crazy happens. Like that bizarre song that got nominated last year but got disqualified.

Here are the 79 songs eligible for Best Original Song this year: (more…)


86th Academy Awards Live-Blog

So I sat down to watch the Oscars and decided to live-blog it.

So, here is everything I wrote down while watching the Oscars:

The Live-Blog

Monologue was all right. Mostly safe, but it worked. Not a fan of Ellen as a host.

The crowd is lively. I like it.

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Classy speech. Good job. (more…)


Oscars 2013: The Winners

Here’s a quick list of winners for the Oscars:

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity 

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave (more…)


Oscars 2013: The Quick Picks

All right, here’s an abridged version of all my Oscar picks. Basically — what I’m picking, what I want to win, what you should pick, and what will win if my pick doesn’t win (the alternate, essentially). I’ll write a brief blurb underneath explaining the deal with the category.

Oh, and here’s a link to the giant picks article. For reference.

So anyway, here are the picks: (more…)


Oscars 2013: Picks, Votes, Analysis, Rankings

It’s that time again.

For some reason, during the most competitive (at least, Best Picture-wise) year in a long time, I find myself less excited about this night than I have been in a while. Honestly, I think it’s because most of the technical awards are pretty much sewn up. It takes the element of surprise out of most of the night and saves it for the very end, as opposed to knowing the end and being excited along the way.

I’m also glad I’m out doing this on my own. I don’t even want to think about the kind of bitterness and hatred and blind campaigning that’s going on at all those Oscar blogs and sites I used to read.

This will be the same as every year. I’ll guess each category. What I think will win, what I think its main competition is, what the spoiler is, what I’m picking, and what you should probably pick if you want to win your Oscar pool. I also color-code everything to make it as easy to follow as possible.

I’m expecting to do pretty horribly this year. If I can manage 16 correct, I’ll be pleased. So take my opinions as they are: opinions. I have no idea what’s going to happen. Let me also specify that while this (obviously) is all my personal opinion it also will not include my personal opinion. This is all what I think will happen. Whether or not I think that’s a good decision is something else entirely. I’m in the picking business, not the deciding business. I also don’t need to know your opinion. I have a difficult enough time deciding my own as to who’s gonna win. More would be chaos.

So, with that, let’s roll up the sleeves: (more…)


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Original Song

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Original Song. A category that I’m so glad they overhauled, because now we’re starting to actually get close to what the category should look like. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s better than it was two years ago.

Oh, and this is a category that is seemingly locked at the moment. (Or is it?) (more…)


Academy Rescinds Original Song Nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone”

AKA — A HAHA HAHA HAHA HAHA.

The one nominee none of us saw coming, and it’s because of some Academy board member inappropriately lobbied for it.

“Alone Yet Not Alone,” a bad song from a movie that nobody saw (and it’s religious, which means there’s no need to see it and no good can come of it), shockingly got on the Best Original Song list, and not a single person saw it coming. And the reason for that is because a music branch executive emailed everyone in the branch and was like, “Hey guys, I submitted this,” which had the effect of when a mobster is like, “Hey guys, it’s my birthday next week.” And now everyone has to get really nice gifts because they want to stay on his good side.

So the Academy rescinded the nomination because it clearly only got on because of that and nothing else. (more…)


2013 Oscars Update: Best Original Score Shortlist

Yesterday, the Academy announced their Best Original Song shortlist. Without any ado whatsoever, we’re just gonna go through it, song by song:

“Amen,” from All Is Lost (more…)


Oscars 2012 Category Breakdown: Best Original Song & Best Original Score & Best Foreign Language Film

Today we continue my breakdown of all the Oscar categories by going into Best Original Score, Best Original Song, and Best Foreign Language Film.

Foreign Language Film is a category I don’t care about, and I’m glad this is an easy year for that.

Best Original Score is a category I like, even if they don’t always nominate stuff I like or vote for what should actually win. But there’s not much to say there. It’s like Cinematography. It’s usually more interesting than not and usually they vote well in it.

Best Original Song — I’m glad they finally changed that stupid ass voting process. That said, now the problem is that they don’t write good songs for films anymore. But that has nothing to do with the Oscar category. The branch tried to make their stupidity right, and I’ll respect that for the time being. Because that was much easier changed than a lack of great original songs for movies.

But, that’s what we’re doing today. I’ll go over all the past nominees of the categories, list this year’s nominees, then rank what I think each’s chances at winning are.

We start with Best Original Score, then move onto Song, then finish with Foreign Language Film: (more…)


2012 Oscars Update: Best Original Song Shortlist

This category is so much easier now. Remember before, when it used to be that stupid shit, they vote from 6-10 in increments of .5s, and a song needs an aggregate of 8.25 in order to be nominated? And how if no song did, they’d take the two highest vote-getters (kind of like last year, where we only had two nominees)? Well, there’s no more of that bullshit. Now there are guaranteed to be five nominees. And whichever songs from this following list get the highest votes from the music branch will be the five songs nominated.

So basically this is just like Best Picture, except we have a guaranteed list of shit. The songs I’m about to show you are songs that the music branch will sit down and watch (they make clips videos of all the songs), and whichever songs get the most votes (I’m assuming everyone gets to pick a 1-5, like with Best Picture) will be the ones in the final category.

So let’s start listening and seeing what we’d vote for, huh? (more…)


Best Original Song: A Categorical History (2006-2011)

Yeah…

2006: “I NEED TO WAKE UP,” FROM AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

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