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January 16, 2016 at 3:08 pm #210625
I’m well aware that Fifty Shades of Grey is not an amazing movie, and that the Best Song category often winds up being a joke. But this still is a bit baffling.
“Earned It” gets in over “Love Me Like You Do”. Doesn’t that strike people as odd? Most people discounted that the voters would go for this movie at all, but if they did- it would make sense they would go for the more popular “Love Me Like You Do”- which was the tune that go nodded for the Golden Globe, BFCA. Just sort of weird they swapped songs.
I think it’s safe to say the Best Song category is one of the hardest, and strangest, categories to ever predict. And that their qualification rules are also terrible. These are the same voters that failed to nominated “Stayin’ Alive” from Saturday Night Fever and claimed the famous ballod from Brokeback Mountain was ineligible because “it played briefly on the radio.”
Thoughts on this?
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FYC: Derbyite of the Year, 2017January 16, 2016 at 3:20 pm #210627
I prefer “Love Me Like You Do”, but I did say that “Earned It” was more likely to get the Oscar nomination because of the academy’s aversion to starlets. Conversely, the Globes were more prone to go with the starlet and they already had Wiz Khalifa, so there was not room for The Weeknd, especially with Fifty Shades of Grey lacking prestige in the first place.January 16, 2016 at 3:51 pm #210628
I prefer Love Me Like You Do… But don’t think neither these songs are good enough to be in the Oscar run at first place. But if I had to choose between them it would be Earned It.
It has a soul/R&B/jazz vibe that would put it on a higher level when comparing to LMLYD.January 16, 2016 at 7:49 pm #210630
While I like both songs, I will say “no”. “Earned it” is a slightly better song than “Love Me Like You Do” and it makes more sense for them to nominate the former than the latter.
I'm not perfect, but I keep trying.January 16, 2016 at 7:54 pm #210631
I would’ve nominated both of them.January 16, 2016 at 7:59 pm #210632
NO, the movie is about a sadomasochistic relationship, so “Earned it” fits better in the movie, I like “Love Me Like You Do”, but that song makes the movie seems like a normal romantic film, but it’s not. Also, “Earned it” is a better composed song, so I think it deserves to be nominated over “Love Me Like You Do”, but it’d have been great to see Ellie Goulding performing at the ceremony.January 16, 2016 at 8:02 pm #210633
YesJanuary 16, 2016 at 8:03 pm #210634
Agree with the previous post, it’s a NO. Earned It suits the theme of the movie, better than LMLYD. Before the awards begin I predicted Earned It than LMLYD.January 16, 2016 at 8:59 pm #210635
Both of them should have been nominated, so I’m not choosing between them.January 16, 2016 at 9:44 pm #210636
Neither should be in the conversation. Salted Wound by Sia is by far the best song from that movie. Earned It makes me want to stick my ears into a paper shredder. The fact that The Weekend has more Oscar nominations than John Goodman is why we can’t have nice thingsJanuary 16, 2016 at 10:52 pm #210637This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.January 16, 2016 at 10:56 pm #210638This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.January 18, 2016 at 2:41 am #210639
Sorry folks, but I was saying before the nominations that “Earned It” was the better Fifty Shades song even as the rest of you were blindly following “Love Me Like You Do”. That was evident from relistening to this year’s nominees; all of them had a decidedly classical sound, from the purely classical “Simple Song #3“ (which I resisted myself till the bitter end) to the neosoul/jazz “Earned It” (following in the footsteps of Isaac Hayes’ legendary “Theme from Shaft” over four decades ago, and to a lesser extent even “Happy” two years ago). Like it or not, that is how the old-fogies running the Music Branch — mostly score composers and older song composers — have wanted this category to go for years.
In terms of how it contributed to the movie, “Love Me Like You Do” was purely elevator music. Besides, the Music Branch is more interested in artists who contribute to WRITING the song — this is, after all, a SONGWRITER’S award like the SOTY Grammy — than who brings ratings to the Oscarcast. Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd) was a writer of his song; Ellie Goulding was NOT a writer of hers. (Ironically, another up-and-coming singer was: Tove Lo co-wrote “Love Me Like You Do” under her real name Tove Nilsson.) This year, the only artists on Song nominees NOT nominated as writers themselves are the featured vocalist & instrumentalists working with David Lang on “Simple Song #3”; Lang himself, The Weeknd, Sam Smith, J. Ralph *and* Antony, and even Lady Gaga are all nominated as writers.
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