Oscars poll: Can ‘Everything Is Awesome’ win Best Song?

“Noooo way!” cried a fellow Oscarologist when I posed a daring question: Is it possible that the Oscar for Best Song could end up going to that tune you couldn’t shake out of your head after seeing “The Lego Movie“?

Everything Is Awesome” truly is an awesome song, of course. Its energy, high spirits and boundless optimism drive the action in the fifth-biggest-grossing film of 2014 ($257 million).

“It’s a crazy earworm,” declares Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara, who performs it. “Whether you like the song or not, whether you think it’s funny or annoying, there’s no denying that it’s a ridiculously hooky thing. As soon as you hear it, it never leaves your brain.”

However, in order for everything to turn out awesome for that music at the Oscars, it must beat frontrunner “Glory” from “Selma,” which has 2-to-11 odds. Twenty-one out of our 23 experts pick  “Glory” to prevail. Only one backs “Awesome,” which as 16-to-1 odds. But is an upset possible?

Let’s not forget that just last year a high-spirited, feel-good anthem (“Let It Go“) from an animated hit (“Frozen“) won this award over a song much like “Glory.” “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” was a stirring tribute to a different hero in the struggle for civil rights – Nelson Mandela instead of Martin Luther King Jr. – and it won the Golden Globe for Best Song, just like “Glory” recently did.

Just sayin’.

Yes, “Glory” has more popular appeal, but let’s not forget how much Oscar voters adore songs from animated flicks. Ten have won in the past 25 years: “Under the Sea” (“The Little Mermaid,” 1989), “Beauty and the Beast” (“Beauty and the Beast,” 1991), “A Whole New World” (“Aladdin,” 1992), “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” (“The Lion King,” 1994), “Colors of the Wind” (Pocahontas,” 1995), “When You Believe” (“The Prince of Egypt,” 1998), “You’ll Be in My Heart” (“Tarzan,” 1999), “If I Didn’t Have You” (“Monsters, Inc.,” 2001), “We Belong Together” (“Toy Story 3,” 2010) and “Let It Go.”

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3 thoughts on “Oscars poll: Can ‘Everything Is Awesome’ win Best Song?

  1. The real story should be that Lost Stars is going to win. It’s the artistically better song that builds and builds in emotion and more of a crowd pleaser. Yeah I love all these nominees, I love the fun aspect of Everything is Awesome and the meaning of Glory but I feel like this will go to the song that emotionally and artistically moves the voters, which could very well also help I’m Not Gonna Miss You

  2. The difference I think is that Common and John Legend have been all over the place, and recently performed Glory to close out the Grammys. Its the one category where they can give Selma something. Of course the same can be said for The Lego Movie, and those mad it was snubbed could rally around it here. Had the movie been released later in the year, with the song still on the airwaves it would likely take the category. I think the real threat to upset both of them is Glenn Campbell.

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