She’s the eye in the sky looking at you.
Ah, yes, it’s Award Season once again. Time to break out the nomination sheets and the popcorn and find out if your favorites in the worlds of television and film have won awards for their work. Music plays a small role at the first major ceremony, the Golden Globe Awards, including the category of Best Original Song from a Motion Picture. Some of the biggest charting songs from films have won the award, though in recent years, the charts have played less of a role in who actually sways the voters. That is, perhaps, until this year.
This is the first time since the 54th Golden Globes (honoring releases from 1996) that at least three of the candidates for the award have made the Hot 100. The winner that year was Madonna‘s “You Must Love Me” from Evita, which peaked at #18 on the chart; it beat out “Because You Loved Me” (from Up Close and Personal) by Celine Dion (#1 for six weeks), “I Finally Found Someone” (from The Mirror Has Two Faces) by Bryan Adams and Barbra Streisand (#8), “That Thing You Do!” (from That Thing You Do!) by The Wonders (#41) and “For The First Time” (from One Fine Day) by Kenny Loggins. The Loggins song couldn’t hit the Hot 100 at the time because of rules barring songs without a physical CD or vinyl single from entering, but it was an adult contemporary radio number-one. In addition, one of this year’s candidates made the top ten, the first to garner a nomination since the 60th Awards (2002). Two top-ten singles were nominated that year, though neither actually won: “Die Another Day” (from Die Another Day) by Madonna (#8) and “Lose Yourself” (from 8 Mile) by Eminem (#1 for twelve weeks).
Here are this year’s five nominees:
ADELE – “Skyfall” (featured in Skyfall) (#8 Hot 100)
Who didn’t see this one coming? Adele‘s lush number from the latest James Bond film fits the mood perfectly and her vocal is spot-on. It was also the biggest commercial success out of all five nominees. Many a Bond theme have been nominated in the past, including the biggest ones from the likes of Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Madonna and Sheena Easton, but not one has come home with the prize. She’s conquered the GRAMMY Awards, but will she be able to snatch the Golden Globe too? With this being the franchise’s 50th year making films, it may just be the year for this entry to win.
HUGH JACKMAN – “Suddenly” (featured in Les Miserables)
Out of all the songs on the soundtrack, I would’ve expected that Anne Hathaway‘s soaring version of “I Dreamed A Dream” would be nominated for the award, but it wasn’t meant to be. However, this understated ballad performed by Jackman is also a pretty good composition. If the movie sweeps most of the major awards of the night, expect this one to also have a strong chance of winning. Alas, I don’t see that being the case. It just wasn’t meant to be the year of the musical. (I’m fine with being proven wrong, however.)
JON BON JOVI – “Not Running Anymore” (featured in Stand Up Guys)
Here’s a song from a movie that hasn’t even been released in the States yet, though it’s been receiving some mixed reviews thus far. He’s the only performer of the five to actually win the award before, which may prove to be an advantage for the singer; he won at the 49th Awards for “Blaze Of Glory”, the title theme from that film. This is a softer song that has a little bit of twang to it; not exactly surprising since his band scored some success with the sound on songs like “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?” This likely won’t win the Golden Globe, but it should have another attempt to capture an award at the Oscars.
KEITH URBAN – “For You” (featured in Act Of Valor) (#55 Hot 100)
Urban’s song from a film featuring the work of the Navy SEALs is a lighter tune with a really kickin’ chorus, combined with lyrics about sacrifice and selflessness in the face of danger. In addition to hitting the Hot 100, it was also a top ten single on the Country chart. “You” faces a challenge in that the movie wasn’t a critical success and just did OK at the box office. Even some of the biggest names in Country, like Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton, lost in their respective years. However, the song itself is solid, even with the outside shot that it has to win.
TAYLOR SWIFT & THE CIVIL WARS – “Safe & Sound” (featured in The Hunger Games) (#30 Hot 100)
Swift has had a few songs specifically written for films at this point, but this one by far gets the most praise among her fans. Perhaps it’s because the song is her least mainstream release to date, featuring the once-defunct and now possibly reconciled duo The Civil Wars. It’s another song with a simple arrangement and relatable lyrics, plus it has the youthful appeal with Swift singing the lead. Should she secure the award, she would be the youngest winner since Irene Cara won for “Fame” at the 38th Golden Globes (aired in January 1981); she was 21 at the time. Being from a teen-oriented film, it probably isn’t the top choice, but the unique sound of it could win over the voters.
Find out what happens at 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 13, at 8PM Eastern on NBC. Make your prediction in the comments below! (I’m hoping for Adele. Go Skyfall!)
EDIT: Adele indeed won the Award on this year’s telecast. Congrats!