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How did Sam Smith beat Lady Gaga and Diane Warren?

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  • Jakob Liam Kristensen
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    To be this was the biggest shocker of the night. Warren and Gaga seemed to have everything going for them, with Warren’s 8th nomination, Gaga’s Sound of Music performance, the subject matter, and the campaigning. Sam Smith’s song was critically panned, and the film itself wasn’t much better received either. For weeks prior to the ceremony, Warren and Gaga were thought to have nearly 90% chances of winning. How did Sam Smith beat the odds?

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    Sam Smith is an Adele clone and had the Golden Globe win. Plus, his song was attached to a well-known franchise. Not a surprising win to me.

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    Volcarocka
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    He had a song that some people liked more than they liked the other song. That’s how these things are won. I thought I enjoyed Writing’s On The Wall more than most (it being the only Sam Smith song I like) but apparently the Academy voters like it too.

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    SkyLight
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    Does the artist’s name appear on the ballot? Or only the song and film?

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    Jakob Liam Kristensen
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    Does the artist’s name appear on the ballot? Or only the song and film?

    I hadn’t thought of that. I belive the latter is the case. Now it makes sense that they most likely just namechecked the song (and movie) they knew.

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    DamianWayne
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    Just another reason why this category is complete garbage and needs to go STAT. 

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    Joe Burns
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    Ha Ha, agreed. I think the film was very little seen and the James Bond film was.

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    Patrick
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    The Academy has a raging boner for James Bond films and anything associated with them because the men of the Academy emulate and wish they were James Bond.

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    Monty
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    Quite sad that Lady Gaga didn’t win. She even got standing ovation for her performance. Hope she will win one soon!

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    Joe Burns
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    Yeah, a very little seen documentary film wasn”t going to beat a James Bons film. Shoulda known.

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    Manuel Colon
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    Three things that bothered me A LOT.

    1) Seeing Lady Gaga lose after giving the best performance of the night and having the whole place standing and some crying.

    2) Diane Warren must be hated, seriously. 8 Academy Award nominations, 8 for god’s sake.

    3) Such a crappy song winning after also giving a meh performance.  

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    slh315
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    TIHTY is a beautifully PERFORMED song about an important subject, but the lyrics are nothing special. It was hyped on 3 things: the subject matter, Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music performance, and Diane Warren’s 8th nom. Zero hype for actually being a really well written song, which it wasn’t, and that’s surprising because they’re both talented writers and had a hell of a subject to speak on. I think they’ll both be nominated again, though. I don’t think Sam should’ve won either.

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    GusCruz
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    I personally don’t care for Sam Smith and find that song nasty, but I was on the Anything But Gaga Team. Warren looked pissed.

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    Manuel Colon
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    I would be pissed too if i lost an Oscar for the eight time after everyone telling me ”You are finally going to win!”

    To be honest, i would rather tell the Academy and the voters to not nominate me ever again if they are not giving me the award. 

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    Atypical
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    Historically, Bond films do not win. Adele changed the tide, and that’s where it should have ended. Gaga was effin’ robbed.

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