Golden Globes 2015 Best Original Song — What Will Win?
UPDATE: "Glory" took home the prize!
With awards season upon us, it’s time to do what we love: predict! The nominations for the 2015 Golden Globes are out, and our ears are definitely piqued at the Best Original Song category. Get your headphones ready, you guys!
The list is pretty inclusive of everything we thought would end up on the list of nominees, all except for “Lost Stars” from the adorable film Begin Again. With both Keira Knightley and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine giving the song life in the film, it’s a definite shutout. Other than that, the list of original songs is a powerhouse category.
Here, we break down the five nominated original songs. Then, we want you to let us know which tune you think is the frontrunner. Remember, the one you want to win and the one that will win aren’t always the same thing.
Lana Del Rey, "Big Eyes" — Big Eyes: Lana Del Rey’s “Big Eyes” is a somber and moody ballad that fits perfectly with the Tim Burton film. Showcasing Lana’s array of tones and a bombastic trumpet sound in the background, this song will pretty much haunt your dreams — in a good way. The sweeping anthem could be a bit polarizing, much like Lana’s entire repertoire, but the complexity of it is worth applauding. Bottom line, though? It’s a little boring.
John Legend and Common, "Glory" — Selma: John Legend and Common take us to church in their amazing song “Glory” for Selma. Given John’s gorgeous and smooth vocals added with Common’s powerful rhymes make for a very pointed song. Pulling in current events like Ferguson, this song might pull on enough heartstrings which could really make an impact on the race. It’s an awesome song that is moving and precise — much like Selma itself.
Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye, "Mercy Is" — Noah: “Mercy Is” has just as serious a tone as Noah does — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Patti Smith’s vocals are haunting and cut right through the gorgeous quartet background and gently rock you, just as if you’re on the arc. Big overtures have a history of doing well at these awards shows and this is a solid one. Heck, we’d listen to this for 40 days and 40 nights.
Sia and Greg Kurstin, "Opportunity" — Annie: What do you get when you add Sia’s silky voice and the famous lyrics of Annie? One killer, award-worthy song! “Opportunity” reimagines the original song and pays just enough tribute as well as giving the tune a breath of fresh air. Sia worked on re-imagining three arrangements of the original Broadway show’s songs and it definitely pays off. Quvenzhané Wallis, who is playing Annie, also lends her vocals to the song so there’s that added bonus.
Lorde, "Yellow Flicker Beat" — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1: “Yellow Flicker Beat” is definitely the song you’ll be wanting to keep on your iPod and listen to over and over again. Given Lorde’s unique stylings and the catchy nature of the song, the Hunger Games diddy could really have a good showing at this year’s Golden Globes. Let’s not forget that Lorde got to sing it at the American Music Awards which gives it staying power thanks to popularity and exposure. Don’t count it out just because it’s connected to a YA film.
Really, any of these songs could take home the golden statuette, though our money is on Lorde or Sia right now, though John Legend and Common could take the prize. Which song do you think will win? Which should? Vote in our polls, and sound off in the comments below!