Oscars 2020: The Best Original Song Nominees, Ranked from Worst to Best

IndieWire | 1/21/2020 | Staff
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Tragedy struck earlier this month when — for unknown reasons that will hopefully be explained by a hard-hitting true crime podcast at some point in the future — “Glasgow” from “Wild Rose” was denied a nomination for Best Original Song at the Oscars this year. In a season full of terrible snubs that made all too much sense, this one was truly baffling. Co-written by Caitlyn Smith, Kate York, and Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen, and sung to soul-lifting perfection by Jessie Buckley, this gorgeous country anthem must not have fit into the songwriting branch’s increasingly narrow idea of what an Oscar-worthy song should sound like (bland, somehow genre-less, and transparently written for no other reason than to be nominated for this one award).

And yet, in a decision that historians of the future will describe as “perverse,” the Academy has decided not to scrap the entire category out of shame. Indeed, there will still be a Best Original Song trophy handed out at the Oscars this year, and the film community will applaud them as politely as the tennis world did Novak Djokovic when he won the 2016 French Open after Rafael Nadal had to withdraw due to a wrist injury in the third round. And truth be told, the winner may well be a worthy one; it’s hard to completely thumb your nose at any group that includes the likes of Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, Randy Newman, and Diane Warren.

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Here are the five non-“Glasgow” songs nominated for Best Original Song this year, ranked in order of merit.

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All respect to the great Randy Newman — we stan the original maestro of Mumblecore — but it’s straight-up deranged that he’s received the latest of his 15 Oscar nominations for writing this tedious suicide-prevention song about a spork who...
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