so, once again...SONGS THAT MAY BE UP FOR THE BEST ORIGINAL SONG AWARD SIMPLY BECAUSE ALL OF MOVIEGOING IS THROWN OUT OF WHACK.
Normani + Megan Thee Stallion - "Diamonds" - Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
"I don't need you, all my diamonds drippin' wet."
So far, we had 2 superhero movies come out this year. One was eh, and the other was "Birds of Prey". It's bombastic and fun, even if it's not the best song on the album (Which samples some other songs, so no nominations here).
Other potential awards should include production design, because it's coherent, fitting, and gaudy. And it should win for gaudy! Also "First DCEU film OP paid for since Suicide Squad."
Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty & Sueco the Child - "Speed Me Up" - from Sonic The Hedgehog
"So I run,
keep on me, they creep on me,
they speak on me, they slow down when they bring me up,
so speed me up."
It takes a bit to grow on you, but if Sonic can't deliver a good movie or game that's not a rehash of the originals, he damn sure can deliver a good song. This may be up in the air for a nomination, simply because it samples a bit from one of the original games in the chorus (True Sonic Fans will know when and where), but The Academy can't be picky.
Other nominations should include "Not as bad as it could have been." and "First somewhat passable vidya game movie."
Christina Aguilera - "Loyal Brave True" - from Mulan (202???)
what a warrior would do?
Tell me, underneath my armor,
am I loyal, brave, and true?"
Again, another long shot....more because who knows if the movie will come out on it's new, shiny July release date? But like, it exists, and slim pickings, so...
Other potential awards include how should I know? Best director? Not likely, simply bc of the Academy's track record regarding these live action remakes.
Something from "In The Heights".
I don't even know if this has a new song in it. It wasn't delayed because of The Sickness, but bc it wasn't finished. Whatever. Moving on.
Remember when, in spectacular fashion, The Academy fucked up on announcing Best Picture? Of course you do.
La La Land did win a multitude of things, including Best Original Song for "City of Stars", which, considering some of the talent involved, was not a bad song. But it wasn't the best the film had to offer.
The real best L3 song is clearly, Another Day of Sun.
and chasing all the lights that shine,
when they let you down,
[it's another day of sun]."
The choreography! The talent! The harmony! Probably wasn't nominated bc A) It's not a ballad, and B) it's not sung by anyone who is important in the film. Other nominations include Disney's Moana, with "How Far I'll Go"...which is still not the best song in that respective film either #JusticeForWhereYouAre
2018 Gave us, well, you know what Shallow is.
It nails everything, it's a ballad, it's fun to sing! It would have been nice if Black Panther's "All The Stars" has won, or if "Pray For Me" was nominated, but it would have been ever better if Into The Spider-verse's "What's Up, Danger" was even nominated. Or even "Sunflower", as much as I don't really care for it, that song was every-fucking-where!
They had also nominated, from Mary Poppins Returns (to 0 fanfare), "The Place Where Lost Things Go", which was fine...but "The Royal Doulton Music Hall" was better:
Royal Doulton bowl,
there's a cuddly and curious
furry and furious,
animal watering hole."
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