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    #141782

    To my knowledge, R. Kelly wrote that song for the 1996 motion picture Space Jam (a guilty pleasure of mine). And to be frank, that song is awesome, which led me to question that if it met the qualifications of an Original Song, then why wasn’t it nominated for the Oscar or any other big award? Was it because of R. Kelly’s contoversy, or could it be that I have my knowledge completely wrong about the song’s eligibility?

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    #141784

    That was a huge snub- and should have been nominated. 

    Other songs that were snubbed in the 90s, and I don’t know eligibility either:

    1992
    “End of the Road” from Boomerang
    “This Used to Be My Playground” from A League of Their Own

    1993
    “I Don’t Want to Fight” from What’s Love Got to Do with It

    1995
    “Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)” from Waiting to Exhale
    “Count on Me” from Waiting to Exhale
    “Kiss from a Rose” from Batman Forever

    1996
    “Change the World” from Phenomenon
    “Don’t Let Go” from Set It Off
    “Missing You” from Set It Off

    1997
    “A Song for Momma” from Soul Food (I couldn’t believe “Miss Misery” from Good Will Hunting made it in over this! That was a horrid tune to represent 1997 in film music, and only got in because of the movie’s hype and best picture nod). 

    1999 (a great year the academy did to represent music in Best Song, so this is just additional)
    “Then You Look at Me”, from Bicentennial Man

     

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    #141785

    That was a horrible snub. It should’ve won.

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    #141786

    I forgot that this song was in Space Jam. I was more stunned that any song from The Hunchback of Notre Dame wasn’t nominated, now that is a snub.

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    #141787

    That was a huge snub- and should have been nominated. 

    Other songs that were snubbed in the 90s, and I don’t know eligibility either:

    1992
    “End of the Road” from Boomerang
    “This Used to Be My Playground” from A League of Their Own

    1993
    “I Don’t Want to Fight” from What’s Love Got to Do with It

    1995
    “Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)” from Waiting to Exhale
    “Count on Me” from Waiting to Exhale
    “Kiss from a Rose” from Batman Forever

    1996
    “Change the World” from Phenomenon
    “Don’t Let Go” from Set It Off
    “Missing You” from Set It Off

    1997
    “A Song for Momma” from Soul Food (I couldn’t believe “Miss Misery” from Good Will Hunting made it in over this! That was a horrid tune to represent 1997 in film music, and only got in because of the movie’s hype and best picture nod). 

    1999 (a great year the academy did to represent music in Best Song, so this is just additional)
    “Then You Look at Me”, from Bicentennial Man

     

    I couldn’t agree more with some of these mentions. How in the world did “This Used to Be My Playground,” “Kiss From a Rose,” and any song from Waiting to Exhale get snubbed??? I previously assumed they were already nominated until I looked it up just now! 

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    #141788

    I forgot that this song was in Space Jam.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BFQwVHJIr0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLeD-2Ebdaw

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    #141789

    [quote=”TinoPecchia”]I forgot that this song was in Space Jam.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BFQwVHJIr0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLeD-2Ebdaw

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    It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Space Jam, that video brought back some good memories. 

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    #141790

    That was a huge snub- and should have been nominated. 

    Other songs that were snubbed in the 90s, and I don’t know eligibility either:

    1992
    “End of the Road” from Boomerang
    “This Used to Be My Playground” from A League of Their Own

    1993
    “I Don’t Want to Fight” from What’s Love Got to Do with It

    1995
    “Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)” from Waiting to Exhale
    “Count on Me” from Waiting to Exhale
    “Kiss from a Rose” from Batman Forever

    1996
    “Change the World” from Phenomenon
    “Don’t Let Go” from Set It Off
    “Missing You” from Set It Off

    1997
    “A Song for Momma” from Soul Food (I couldn’t believe “Miss Misery” from Good Will Hunting made it in over this! That was a horrid tune to represent 1997 in film music, and only got in because of the movie’s hype and best picture nod). 

    1999 (a great year the academy did to represent music in Best Song, so this is just additional)
    “Then You Look at Me”, from Bicentennial Man

     

    Miss Misery is a good song. 

    But clearly The Academy doesn’t like R&B songs, which is why I’m suprised Eminem and Three 6 Mafia won.  ALL the songs you listed should have at been nominated.  At least Exhale Shoop Shoop

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    #141791

    I’m surprised “I Believe I Can Fly” wasn’t nominated for Best Original Song.

    What’s even more surprising is that Babyface was never nominated for Best Original Song.  He was hot stuff back in the 90’s.

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    #141792

    “Kiss From a Rose” was not  originally written for “Batman Forever.”   The song first appeared on Seal’s second self titled album in 1994.

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    #141793

    I was just talking to someone the other day about how that is like the song of my generation (I’m 20), one that everyone within like ten years of my age has heard and probably knows some of the lyrics too. HORRIBLE snub.

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