The real attraction of the Academy Awards: The Music

Sunday night brings us the Academy Awards, a celebration of movies red carpet excess and eye candy for normal people. I love watching the Oscars but not because I’m a movie buff- or that I really watch movies much at all. I just like to watch famous people in fancy clothes sometimes say things that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

There is a bit of good news for people who are more music than movie: the Music – Original Song category (not to be confused with Music – Original Score). Here are the nominees in the song category with my commentary (keep in mind I haven’t seen any of these movies, so I’m just evaluating on music alone):

“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice – This is possibly the most depressing song I have ever heard. The lyrics (on repeat throughout) implore “I don’t want to die alone…way before my time” in a tone that suggests that the singer (Scarlett Johansson) may have already given up on life. If the song is representative of the movie I’m not excited to see it.

“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted – This song is performed by Norah Jones, although based on the music you almost except Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett to start singing. Norah is supposed to perform the song during the ceremony, so you can hear it for yourself. I liked this one, very cute and upbeat. Fun fact: the lyrics were written by the show’s host, Seth MacFarlane.

“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi – This song had kind of a snake charmer sound to it with flutes and so forth. I didn’t actively dislike the song, but I didn’t love it either.

“Skyfall” from Skyfall – This is definitely the most popular song of those nominated. It is my favorite of the five, and not just because Adele sings it- it really is a good song that perfectly captures the James Bond vibe. Word is that Adele will perform the song Sunday night, as well. This one is my favorite and my pick to win.

“Suddenly” from Les Misérables – I feel like I shouldn’t comment on this song because I haven’t seen the movie, so it may well be fabulous in the context of the musical that spawned it. It’s performed by Hugh Jackman. It’s a pretty song- not really my style, but take that with a grain of salt.

Other musical components to the show are expected to be Jennifer Hudson and Catherine Zeta Jones performing a tribute to recent movie musicals, something by Barbra Streisand (although what that performance will be is an Oscar secret), a performance by the cast of Les Mis, and a closing number to the show performed by Kristin Chenoweth and Seth MacFarlane.

In case you want to give a listen to any of the nominated songs, here they are. Enjoy the show!

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Before My Time:

Everybody Needs a Best Friend:

Pi's Lullaby:



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