The LAMB Devours The Oscars: Original Song

by Lucien · February 3, 2014 · LAMB Devours the Oscars, Uncategorized · No Comments

Editor’s note: This is part of a 37-part series dissecting the 86th Academy Awards, brought to you by the Large Association of Movie Blogs and its assorted members. Nearly every day leading up to the Oscars, at least one new post written by a different LAMB will be published, each covering a different category  of the Oscars. Also, every Best Picture and Best Director nominee gets its own post. To read the other posts regarding this event, please click here. Thank you, and enjoy!




Sing….Sing a song…Sing out loud…Sing out prooooud. Sing about movies and thier soooonnngs…. Have one be nominated then gooone.

Yes. Not since 1992 has a nomination been removed from The Oscars.  The song “Alone, not yet alone” from the movie of the same has been eliminated from the awards. This doesn’t make me sad, because if you actually heard the song. You would be glad for it’s removal too. It’s the kind of song one would hear at church, and nothing more.  I’m not saying you can’t have a song praising a religious entity for a movie and have it win. But if you do, at least make it good. That song(regardless of your beliefs) was boring. The only thing that upsets me about this news is that no other song can replace it.  I feel that if any movie should have gotten some praise for it’s songs was “Inside Llewyn Davis“. Now that one won’t even get a chance to compete. Oh well, let’s look at the four remaining nominees.  You can hear the actual songs themselves by clicking on the artwork!

I can’t deny this song does have a slight appeal even though the chorus does get a little repetitive at times.  Compare to most other songs used in kids films at least this one isn’t trying to hop on the latest tween bandwagon. It has flare, style and some originality that I really enjoyed. Not sure of why it was nominated for best song. But I’m not really questioning it either.

Look I know that Bono and the band U2 do a lot of good things and are great humanitarians. I also get that Nelson Mandela was a very important figure that everyone should know about. But I don’t understand what this song has to do with the man’s legacy. All the lyrics tell me is that I can’t reach any higher or go any further without ordinary love. Not sure on how this goes with the story of the guy who helped stop Apartheid.  I get how the lyrics suggest that we all should work together in making things better and I liked that about it. Also Bono and Nelson Mandela have actually met before, so that does give the song a little bit more respect. However I feel like this song could have been used at the end of any serious drama.

Alright. Now this more like it. A song that represents the emotion of a particular character in the narrative of the story. Versus just using one for the end credits.  The only problem is that it’s not as memorable as other songs used in Disney Films. The lyrics are fine, and Miss Menzel is a great singer.  It just doesn’t have that same hook like in their other movies.  If this were to win, I wouldn’t be upset .  It is the kind of song that usually does win this award.

Of all the nominated songs. This one is the most simplistic, and therefore the most emotional. It sounds like Karen O took a guitar and recorded a demo in her apartment.  I mean that as a sincere compliment, because we are only hearing just the artist.  No other musicians or producers adding beats or instruments to the track. Just the singer, her instrument, and no one else.  It does represent the movie “Her“, because in that.  There was Theodore(Joaquin Pheonix) and Samantha(Scarlett Johannson) and no one else either.  The fact that it is not as big as the other nominees may cause it to loose.  But  I have a feeling we will see a lot more acoustic covers of it then the other ones.




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