The Golden Globes happened; Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were funny, everyone wanted to be Meryl Streep, people won things, yada, yada, yada. All I care about is how Best Original Song played out.
The 2015 Golden Globes took place last night and if you’re anything like me all that means is that your Twitter feed filled with people live-blogging the award show for what felt like several days but was, in reality, only a couple of hours.
Although the vast majority of their comments were neither interesting, informative nor entertaining (lots of unfollowing happened last night, y’all,) one thing I did pay attention to was the winner of Best Original Song.
The nominations for the category read like a who’s-who of the most emotive singers and performers in the industry right now (and Patti Smith, a legend in her own right) so the competition was naturally stiff, and far more interesting than it has been for a number of years. John Legend and Common snagged the prize, but take a look who else was nominated below:
“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 ******-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 ****** 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?