The nominations for the 71st Golden Globe Awards were announced earlier this morning. The Golden Globes are presented by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. They honour the best in American cinema and television during the year. They also award the best music in film within two of its categories: The Best Original Score – Motion Picture and Best Original Song – Motion Picture. In the end, music has always been an integral part of films.
The Golden Globes have long been considered as a prelude to the Oscars -or the Academy Awards, in fact America’s most prestigious award-. Therefore it is important to take a look at this year’s nominees in the music field. And what are their odds for their Oscar counterparts.
Nominees for Best Original Score – Motion Picture:
- Steven Price for Gravity
- John Williams for The Book Thief
- Hans Zimmer for 12 Years A Slave
- Alex Ebert for All Is Lost
- Alex Heffes for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Aside from Steven Price for Gravity -who is receiving his first ever nomination- and Hans Zimmer for 12 Years A Slave. The nominees for Best Original Score turned out to be rather surprising. John Williams, though a living legend with 4 trophies out of 25 nods, was not considered a safe choice for the film The Book Thief. And it was probably just his name what put him into the line-up. Against all odds Alex Ebert pumped out as a nominee for his psychedelic natural sounds for the survival film All is Lost. But the most shocking contender here is British composer Alex Heffes who virtually came out of nowhere for composing the score for the not-so-well received Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Snubs here are Alexandre Desplant’s Philomena and Denny Elfman’s OZ: The Great and Powerful.
Now, what are their chances at the Oscars? Usually this category goes hand in hand with the Academy Award for Best Original Score. And while Price and Zimmer should have no trouble to get in. It is highly unlikely that the Academy traditional voters will bet for Heffes and Ebert.
Nominees for Best Original Song – Motion Picture:
- “Atlas” by Coldplay (Guy Berryman Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin) from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- “Let It Go” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez from Frozen
- “Ordinary Love” by Bono and Danger Mouse from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
- “Please Mr. Kennedy” by Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen from Inside Llewyn Davis
- “Sweeter Than Fiction” by Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff from One Chance
Except for Bono, Taylor Swift (both considered as the out of the blue contenders) and T-Bone Burnett all of the nominees are first-timers. Bono is up with “Ordinary Love” yet again from the Mandela film. Who has received mediocre reviews, and this nods are simply responding to the heat of the moment upon Mandela’s death. And Taylor’s cheesy bubblegum pop song from the Paul Pott’s documentary One Chance. Is a slap on the face to more noteworthy songs like Lana del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” from The Great Gatsby or Karen O’s “The Moon Song” from the indie film Her.
On the other hand, Oscar nominees for Best Original Song usually turn out to be completely different. But we can say Frozen‘s “Let It Go” has confirmed its place in the line-up. While “Please Mr. Kennedy” was ruled out ineligible. Alternative rock song “Atlas” by Coldplay might be shunned by the traditional voters.