"Big Eyes" - Lana Del Rey ('Big Eyes')
"Glory" - John Legend featuring Common ('Selma')
"Mercy Is" - Patti Smith & The Kronos Quartet ('Noah')
"Opportunity" - Sia ('Annie')
"Yellow Flicker Beat" - Lorde ('The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1')
"Glory" is no doubt a worthy winner, aside from being a beautifully written and performed song (in which Common shines far brighter than Legend, in my opinion) it's got its finger firmly on the pulse and is so interesting because of the parallels drawn between the events of the film and what's going on today in our own deeply fucked-up society. In other news, Chrissy Teigen, John's girlfriend, managed to go viral with her reaction to his win, so that's one way for the media to focus on something other than the message of the song (well done, everyone.)
Having said all that, my pick still would have been Lana's "Big Eyes." When it comes to soundtracks, Del Rey hasn't fail to deliver yet. Whether it's because her music is so anthemic and grandiose anyway, or whether it's because she choses films she truly connects to, she manages to straddle the border of writing for radio and writing for the film beautifully. "Big Eyes" is vintage Del Rey: it harnesses her drawling vocal tone, features lyrics that make you want to throw yourself off a bridge (in the best way possible) and the type of haunting melody that no one does better than the "Video Games" crooner.
I don't know, y'all. Maybe I'm just bitter about Lana losing out to Adele for the Oscar in 2013 (come at me, but "Young and Beautiful" was better than "Skyfall" and you will deal) or maybe I'm already craving her next album (coming this year!) but I wanted to see her take this one home. Mad props to John Legend and Common though, they would have come a close second in my original ranking (sorry Lorde.)
We'll have to see how the Academy Awards turn out next month to see if it'll be a double snatch for Legend but we don't have to wait long to find out who's up for the trophy - nominations are announced this Thursday.
Who do YOU think deserved to win? And who are you backing for the Oscars?