On March 2, 2014, The Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres will air and as always I’ll be looking forward to the music performances for Best Original Song that are peppered throughout the show. Sure I’ll be waiting for the last award of Best Picture and other categories as well, but I’m tuned in for the music, Original Score included. It’s fascinating to watch to the artist perform their music on stage. It’s like a free concert, I’ve been watching since I was a kid. So my phone will be on mute during these performances and everything in the room will be ignored, the house can be burning and I’ll be glued to the tube.
This years music comes from the movies Frozen, Mandela, Her and Despicable Me 2. All the movies have great music contributions from great artist. All four artist U2 and Pharrell are huge and may be favorites, but if you haven’t heard Karen O. and Idina you’ll be blown away respectfully. In these shows you never know who the winner will be, you can only hope, but being nominated for a song is an accomplishment in itself.
My favorite is “The Moon Song” by Karen O. The singer is from the New York rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs and won the award for NME Hottest Female. In the movie her song is performed by Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix and it’s no shocker that Scarlett is a seasoned vocalist and has been throughout her career. If you’ve seen the movie Her and heard Scarlett sing “The Moon Song” you know what I’m talking about.
U2, has a long list of Grammy’s, MTV Awards and countless others is also nominated for the song “Ordinary Love” from the movie Mandela. It’s a moving, emotional song that captures in the end the movies atmosphere. It’s the kind of song you can always count on U2 and Bono’s vocals to deliver.
Pharrell Williams is on fire this year coming off the Grammy’s with Daft Punk and the song “Get Lucky.” His nominated song “Happy” from the movie Despicable Me 2 is just that, happy. You can’t help getting up and dancing to this song. It’s definitely the uplifting alternate here in comparison to the other songs.
The movie Frozen from Disney brings the song “Let It Go” with vocals performed by Tony Award winning Idina Menzel and is nothing less than amazing. Perfect for the movie, it’s a spectacle to watch in the scene of another Disney Film.
Songs are judged on how they accompany a scene in the movie as well as pose the question; What does it bring to the movie or in the scene it’s played in. It should move or complement. You may not remember, but last year’s big winner was Skyfall by Adele. I can’t wait to see who of the four contenders nominated will win. Let the bell ring, ding ding!
Despicable Me 2 “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
Disney’s Frozen “Let It Go” Sequence Performed by Idina Menzel
From the movie Her, “The Moon Song” by Karen O
From Mandela, “Ordinary Love” by U2
Last years winner Skyfall performance by Adele