2014 Oscar Predictions, The best original song race is always extremely difficult to call, particularly before the Academy releases their list of eligible options. Category rules often spell disqualification for many songs that seem like sure things. According to said rules, for example, a song should be “original and specifically written for a motion picture. There must be a clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition (not necessarily visually presented) of both lyrics and melody, used in the body of the motion picture or as the first music cue in the end credits.”
The nominations themselves typically end up with a few major surprises, with obscure songs on no one’s prediction lists ending up making the cut (“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” a few years back, “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice” last year) while populist choices tend to not fair well (last year’s “Skyfall” was an obvious exception to the rule, though in the past few years songs from Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Elton John, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, U2 and Paul McCartney were among those snubbed).
This year there’s many popular names in the potential mix, most obviously Lana Del Ray for her “Young & Beautiful” from “The Great Gatsby,” which is said to indeed be eligible and could be a major threat to win. But there’s also songs from Karen O, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Coldplay, U2, Kings of Leon and Lenny Kravitz, among others.
We’ll offer more extensive thoughts when the eligibility list is released, but until then here’s our best original song predictions. Check out all predictions in all the categories here.
1. “Let It Go” (Frozen, Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez)
The Populist Option, Though We Know The Academy Doesn’t Always Go There:
2. “Young & Beautiful” (The Great Gatsby)
Might Be Tough, But We’re Maintaining Hope:
3. “So You Know What It’s Like” (Short Term 12 – Keith Stanfield)
All Definite Possibilities
4. “In The Middle of the Night” (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Fantastia Barrino)
5. “The Moon Song” (Her, Karen O)
6. “You and I Ain’t Nothing No More” (Lee Danielss’ The Butler, Gladys Knight & Lenny Kravitz)
7. “Rise Up” (Epic, Beyonce Knowles)
8. “Sweeter Than Fiction” (One Chance, Taylor Swift)
9. “$100 Bill” (The Great Gatsby, Jay-Z)
10. “Happy” (Despicable Me 2, Pharrell Williams)
11. “Ordinary Day” (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, U2)
12. “Amen” (All Is Lost, Alex Ebert)
13. “I See Fire” (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Ed Sheeran)
14. “Just a Cloudy Day” (Despicable Me 2, Pharrell Williams)
15. “Atlas” (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Coldplay)