Best songs miss out on the gong

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER - KATHY McCABE

THE Academy’s nod to the sup­port­ing role of mu­sic in film is rarely a chart-top­per. Not even Adele’s un­leash­ing her power lungs on the Bond theme Sky­fall (2013) nor the ubiq­ui­tous Frozen theme (2014) Let It Go man­aged to reach No. 1 in Aus­tralia.

It is un­likely the 2018 nom­i­nees list of Best Original Songs will be on high ro­ta­tion at your next karaoke night ei­ther. The only song to trou­ble the Aus­tralian charts is This Is Me from the Great­est Showman, which peaked at No. 10. The other nom­i­nees are Re­mem­ber Me from Coco, Mys­tery Of Love from Call Me By My Name, Stand Up For Some­thing from Mar­shall and Mighty River from Mud­bound.

Based on sheer pop­u­lar­ity, This Is Me should win but those Frozen writ­ers, who are also be­hind the Coco tune, have pop­u­lar his­tory on their side.

Here’s a look at some of this decade’s Best Song win­ners at the Os­cars and who should have won the gong on the night: 2013 Let It Go: Id­ina Men­zel for Frozen The song which drove mil­lions of par­ents to the brink of in­san­ity was clas­si­cal mu­si­cal the­atre fod­der and peaked at No. 16 on the ARIA charts. The tro­phy be­longed to Phar­rell Wil­liams for the in­fec­tious and in­no­va­tive hit Happy from the De­spi­ca­ble Me 2 sound­track which reigned supreme at No. 1 and was the feel-good song of the year.

2015 Sam Smith’s Writ­ing’s On The Wall for Spec­tre

This Bond theme peaked at just 43 on the ARIA charts. And while it didn’t ap­pear on the pop charts, Lady Gaga and Diane War­ren’s haunt­ing or­ches­tral bal­lad Til It Hap­pens To You from doc­u­men­tary The Hunt­ing Ground de­served the gong.

2016 Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s City Of Stars for La La Land

Another for­get­table song which also went nowhere on the pop charts in Aus­tralia. Justin Tim­ber­lake’s de­light­fully up­beat Can’t Stop The Feel­ing from Trolls reached No. 3 and has be­come one of his big­gest hits.


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