The LAMB Devours the Oscars – Best Original Song

by Dylan · February 6, 2008 · LAMB Devours the Oscars · 13 Comments

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By Jorn of Soundtrack Geek.

I guess there’s no secret that I love movies and I love music. What can be better than putting it all together in these nice neat little packages called movie scores and soundtracks? Not much! Without further ado, I present to you the first of my two categories: Best Original Song.

The first thing I noticed when I saw this year’s category is that one movie received three nominations. Why is that? What happened to share the love? Enchanted is good, but come on, three nominations in the same category, with two by the same artist? Right, let’s get on with Best Music from Ench… I mean Best Original Song. Yes, I repeat myself – get used to it!

Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova’s “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once is a nice folk type American rock song. It will please the indie crowds out there, and it pleased me as well. It’s pleasant to listen to, and it kind of reminds me of artists such as James Blunt. Marketa Irglova however is quite hard to hear sometimes, but I guess that’s part of the charm.

Jamia Simone Nash & Impact Repertory Theatre’s “Raise Up” from the movie August Rush is an R&B song that is annoyingly catchy. Once you listen to this, it will be in your head all day – be warned! The kid in there is great too, a very cool voice. The only thing is that when you are enjoying the song and is just about to start singing, it abruptly stops. You check the CD for scratches, blow off some dust and frantically try to play the rest of the song, but there isn’t any more. I know that the academy awards wants their songs short, but there’s no rule that says that if you can’t finish it in time you just have to stop is there?

Amy Adams’ “Happy Working Song” from Enchanted is a typical musical song, it could have been taken out of The Sound of Music or Cinderella, for that matter. It’s nice and chirpy, yes, that’s right, chirpy. There are actual birds in that song as well. It’s very catchy, and on the second listen I found myself nodding my head from side to side and almost singing along. Its evil I tell you!

Jon McLaughlin’ “So Close,” also from Enchanted, is a completely different song from the Happy Pappy Chirpy Working Song by Amy Adams. It’s a standard love song which we’ve heard a million times before, but it’s not too bad. It fits the movie quite well as it has rolling harps in there and I could even hear a bird or two as well.

Finally, Amy Adams’ “That’s How You Know” from Enchanted is a bossa nova reggae love song. It’s charming and asks the question how one knows if someone loves you. It’s a good question, and I don’t think listening to this song will help at all. It’s a fun little song, but I like the other Amy Adams song better, but I just know it will annoy me to death in the end.

So what does the predictometer say about all this? Who will win? Who will really care? I can tell you some facts though. There is a 60% chance of the winner being from the movie Enchanted and a 40% chance of Amy Adams winning the award. There is a 98.23% chance that you will find these facts as interesting as watching a Paris Hilton movie. So there you go! Facts! The facts don’t change the fact that I am procrastinating here, so let’s get on with it.

My favourite here would be Amy Adams’ “Happy Working Song.” It’s just too cute and catchy and happy. Will it win though? You know what, I think it will! It’s been a while since a song like this won, and I think the world is ready for this. Right, I’m off to the dungeon Fletch has me working 24/7. I call it the Fletch dungeon sweat shop. I have one more category to cover this year and that is Best Original Score. Yay! See you soon!

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13 Responses to The LAMB Devours the Oscars – Best Original Song

  1. Nick says:

    I’ve seen Enchanted twice and August Rush once and have yet to see Once. Though from what you said about the ‘Once’ song be reminiscent of James Blunt, I already don’t care, because I really don’t like James Blunt. The music in August Rush was really good, but the music from Enchanted was even catchier.

    At least in the movie version of the song, “That’s How You Know” is the better song, at least to me. But that could be due to the fact that there’s a load of random dancing during the number, while “Happy Working Song” has cockroaches and pigeons. They’re both excellent, but my vote goes to “That’s How You’ll Know” (which oddly reminded me of The Little Mermaid).

  2. Marilyn says:

    I didn’t see Enchanted or August Rush, but I own the soundrack to Once, my favorite film of 2007. You’ve done a remarkable job of putting into words what music is like and have really made me curious about the other nominees. I’m going to track them down on the Internet and listen. I trust your judgment on the winner: sometimes the Academy really rewards those infectious, uplifting songs.

    Thanks, Jorn. You’re a gem!

  3. Jess says:

    I’d be surprised if one of the Enchanted songs wins, just given the upset of Dreamgirls last year by Melissa Etheridge and the 3 6 Mafia winning in ’06. Then again, there is a history of musicals winning, so perhaps Dreamgirls was a fluke. Also, I agree – That’s how you know is a much better number than the Happy Working Song, but I think it’s in the production value rather than the musical content.

  4. soundtrackgeek says:

    Nick: Random dancing vs. cockroaches and pigeons. It is a tough one! Haven’t seen the movie, but now you got me intrigued. Why is she so happy working in a roachfest? Right, putting Enchanted on my to-watch list. I’m sure I’ll thank you later (or not)

    Marilyn: Glad you liked it! I think I have to watch the movies as well as I only listened to the songs.

  5. mikemachacon says:

    my bet is on Happy Woking Song. ;o)

  6. Nick says:

    Jorn: The movie is basically a Disney movie parodying Disney movies. You know how the cliche Disney Princess can sing some magical note and all the animals of the forests come running to her aid? Well, she does that in New York, but gets pigeons, cockroaches, rats, and flies instead. But almost nothing can bring her down, so they help her clean up the apartment while she sings the happy song.

  7. soundtrackgeek says:

    Nick: Hehe sound enchanting. Will give it a look, maybe this weekend.

  8. Matt says:

    It’s funny but Enchanted didn’t really strike me as the award-winning type of movie. Shows how much I know.

  9. WaywardJam says:

    Never saw August Rush but did see the other two and music aside, I’d hate for Enchanted to win since it wasn’t that good a film.

    I thought “That’s How You Know” was the best thing about the film from a theatrical standpoint, not a musical one.

    It’d be great for Once to get this. I think this song is the best at capturing the spirit of the film and the characters. But I also own the soundtrack and may be biased. 🙂

    Can’t wait to see what comes out of Fletch dungeon sweat shop next!

  10. Daniel G. says:

    Nice work on the songs. I think it would be a shame if Once did not win. I’ll be rooting for it big time as it’s the only nomination for the fine film.

  11. Jorn, your second-to-last paragraph made me giggle.

    Go Once!

  12. Kirby says:

    For the record, the award goes to the composers of the song, not the singer.

    – kch

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