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    Brayden Fitzsimmons
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    Most voters don’t even watch all the nominated films, let alone listen to all the nominated Original Songs

    Which is kinda ridiculous since most of the nominated films are in theatres and voters have to go out of their way and dedicate 15-19 hours to watching them all.

    Whereas with the songs, everybody has Spotify/Apple/Amazon and it’s only 5 songs that you finished in under 20 minutes.

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    No, absolutely not!! The whole point of this category is how the songs are utilized in the film, NOT their live performances. Having the audience vote on the winner after the performances take place would be insulting for a number of reasons.

    1. It would make the Oscars equivalent to American Idol or Dancing With The Stars. The Oscars are NOT a reality competition show!!!

    2. A lot of the people in the audience at the Oscars are friends and family of the nominees who are not Oscar voters, so why make them choose a category that they’re not even qualified to nominate to begin with?

    3. It’s impossible to judge the live performance of a song without taking into consideration the original studio recording, because it’s your feelings about that original recording that will partially play into your opinions about a live performance. If I don’t like a particular song and/or the artist behind it, then I’m probably not going to like the live performance.

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    Which is kinda ridiculous since most of the nominated films are in theatres and voters have to go out of their way and dedicate 15-19 hours to watching them all.

    Whereas with the songs, everybody has Spotify/Apple/Amazon and it’s only 5 songs that you finished in under 20 minutes.

    I don’t agree with this. They should watch those movies, because it should be an award not for the best song per se, but for the song that works the best in the context of the movie.

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    For this hypothetical to work, there would need to be a rule in play that every song nominee has to perform. What would have happened to a no-show like Eminem, who actually won? Would his nomination have been disqualified b/c he wasn’t there to put on a telecast performance? This would also force ABC to give equal airtime to the indie songs that the producers clearly don’t give a shit about (“The Moon Song,” “Manta Ray,” “Mystery of Love,” etc.), and no, Beyoncé can’t perform all of those also-rans herself. I’d balk at the “showiest” production always winning out, b/c that doesn’t necessarily imply “best.” “Stand Up” really should have won the Oscar over “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” but that should be b/c the song itself was superior, not b/c Cynthia Erivo knows how to give electric live performances and Elton giving a rote performance (by his standards) on the piano was boring. I agree that the comedy bias would instantly derail those types of songs winning over the dramatic ones. “Blame Canada!” would never have had a prayer against self-important fare like “You’ll Be in My Heart,” “Save Me,” “Music of My Heart,” & “When She Loved Me.” It really hinges on how the Academy deems a winning song, b/c most of these winners are end credits songs. The exceptions are the ones that are integral to the films themselves, like “Shallow” and “City of Stars,” not the rule that they should be. Making the wins hinge on the live performances divorces the song content completely from the films in question. So no “American Idol Oscars,” please.

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    Let me be clear to everyone that I’m not saying that I think the Oscars should let the audience in the Dolby Theatre vote for the winner in Best Original Song after all five nominees have performed on the telecast. It was just something I was curious to hear peoples opinions on.

    No, absolutely not!! The whole point of this category is how the songs are utilized in the film, NOT their live performances.

    I think those in the music branch are the ones who take the former into account most. I don’t know about every other branch. It’s like the whole discussion we have with the award for Best Film Editing. If the editors branch of the Academy were the only ones who voted on the winners in that category, we probably would’ve seen it go to The Irishman or Parasite this past year. Yet, since the entire Academy votes for the winners in all 24 awards, the majority of them went with the most edited movie, which was Ford v Ferrari. So therefore, a lot of Academy members outside of the music branch may have other ways of deciding on the winner for Best Original Song. In fact, I think it would be really interesting if we had like the results of a survey from those people about this topic.

    A lot of the people in the audience at the Oscars are friends and family of the nominees who are not Oscar voters, so why make them choose a category that they’re not even qualified to nominate to begin with?

    After having done some further thinking, maybe there could be an app only for Academy members to access so they could make any last minute votes if they wanted to. Again, not that I think the Oscars should try something like this, I’m just throwing it out there.

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    Hell no, because then “Remember Me” would have lost to “This Is Me” back in 2018. And also songs should be judged as songs, not by how they look as a performance. It takes away the whole point of the category.

    Mystery of Love should’ve won this year anyway, even though I have obvious bias lol

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    After having done some further thinking, maybe there could be an app only for Academy members to access so they could make any last minute votes if they wanted to. Again, not that I think the Oscars should try something like this, I’m just throwing it out there.

    They can’t do that, because like a political election ballot, once your vote’s in, your vote’s in, and you can’t take it back and re-do it.

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    Yep

    Til it happens to you should’ve won, but in the end Lady Gaga got hers for Shallow, what upsets me is that was the biggest chance in recent memory for Diane Warren and she got snubbed.

    Btw, I think Original Song is one of the best categories of the Oscar when is done right, if not for this category, moments like What a Feeling on FLASHDANCE would’ve been completely ignored.

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