2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Song

2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Song

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the
86th Academy Awards through March 2nd, when the winners are

Featuring — only to have it taken back — the weirdest Oscar nomination yet not Oscar nomination of all time in "Alone Yet Not Alone" from the movie of the same name that almost nobody had ever heard of, this year’s best original song race is now down to just four. "Frozen" tune "Let It Go" seems like the frontrunner among them, but pretty much anything could take it.

Nominees and predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

The nominees:
“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

Will win: “Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Could win: “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Should win: “The Moon Song” from “Her”
Shoulda been here: "Young and Beautiful" from "The Great Gatsby"

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Shoulda been here Young and Beautiful- I agree


Let it Go HAS TO WIN. It deserves it. Best original song in years. The others don't even come close to the same level of emotion that it gives.


"Let it Go" should win. Golden Globe already recognize that subpar Mandela movie and there is no reason to give U2 another consolation prize. Idina earned her keep and she exposed many to broadway with "Let it Go".


U2 will win it,Mandela's long walk to freedom has been ignored by the Oscars surprising the least they could do is honour the greatest band in the world with their amazing tribute to him.


I am rooting for "Let it Go". I sing it almost all the time! If it doesn't win I'll be shocked


"Let it go" should win, dont see any contest to it, views alone it has more than all the nominees combined. If it doesn't win it would be as bad as saving private ryan not winning the oscar for best picture.


To the contestants and the Board of Governors of the Oscars
You should have allowed "Alone yet not alone" to stay and be judged.
The composition of that song was worthy of your competition,
No song should be banned because of its religious content
Your merits are no greater than that of their right to competetion
The originality of your song is no greater than one not compared
You should protest to the Board of Governors about this unfairness.
You should refuse to participate when such actions are taken.
You should pay attention to the many postings against this action.
You should pay attention to the many postings against the Oscars
You should try to reform the Oscars to become a meaningful contest.


Say what you will, but Ordinary Love by U2 is more melodious or meaningful than either of the nominees.


Will Win: Let It Go
Should Win: Let It Go or Happy
Dark Horse ; Alone Yet Not Alone

PS: Alone Yet Not Alone is a great song ;-)


Let it go will certainly win.
But for me, Her`s "Moon song" is more beautiful and it really touched me when I watched the film.
And Young and Beautiful should have been nominated. (the only problem is that the song doesn`t exactly fit its movie.)


Which version of "Let it Go"? The one in the movie or the version sung at the credits?


I love the moon song but oscar will definitely goes to ordinary love. I mean this is great homage to mandela plus U2 never won a single oscar yet. Now its there time.


It would be absolutely amazing to see Karen O win an Oscar. Please let it happen!


“Alone Yet Not Alone” is no longer a nominee.


Let It Go should definitely win hands down, it's an absolutely wonderful song. Makes me emotional every time I listen to it!


The should win and could win should've included "Let It Go"


i can't believe ( i see fire ( didn't get the nomination . this is so stupid


My favourite is: 1-Let it Go (Frozen)
my others favourites:
2-Young and Beautiful (The Great Gatsby)
3-Atlas(The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
the others songs that I think would be nominees
4-Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
5-The Moon Song (Her)


I See Fire by Ed Sheeran for The Hobbit: DoS. It is so emotional and visceral. You can picture the Lonely Mountain, Lake Town, and Dale in your head. So good.


My Nominations (Best Original Song):
"The Moon Song" (HER) – Karen O
"Young & Beautiful" (THE GREAT GATSBY) – Lana Del Ray
"For The First Time In Forever" (FROZEN) – Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez
"Let It Go" (FROZEN) – Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez
"Please Mr. Kennedy" (INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS) – Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett,
Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen


I see fire is one of the most beautiful original song ever and Ed Sheeran is talented singer and song – writer. Finger crossed. On thursday we'll find out if the academy has as good Music taste as a year ago.


For me, Let it Go. Runned up: I See Fire. Third, Ordinary Love. Fourth, Atlas. Fifth, Young and Beautiful. I need to hear "So You Know What It's Like".


I think Coldplay's Atlas has a pretty good chance of getting nominated, especially so if Lana Del Rey doesn't make the cut. I See Fire is a fantastic song that should be nominated but will most likely be looked over. Let It Go is a total lock for a nom and a win, and rightfully so.


My picks would be:

1. "I See Fire" (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
2. "Amen" (All Is Lost)
3. "Ordinary Love" (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
4."The Moon Song" (Her)
5. "M83" (Oblivion)

I also like "Atlas" and "Happy". I can't get into "Let It Go" – I think it's forgettable and overrated.


"I See Fire" is an incredibly beautiful song, and so perfect for The Hobbit, and it deserves an Oscar nod! Please Academy!




i really hope lana del rey at least gets nominated for young and beautiful. she got nominated for a grammy for it and i believe also a critics choice award. she was snubbed by the golden gloves though. it was easily the best song in the movie and one of the best this year.


Where's Please Mr. Kennedy from Inside Llewyn Davis? Also, Justin Timberlake is one of the writers of the song, could be his first Oscar nod


1. Let it Go (Frozen)
2. Young and Beautiful (The Great Gastby)
3. Please Mr Kennedy (Inside Llewyn Davis)
4. Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
5. Atlas (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
6. I See Fire (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
7. Sweeter Than Fiction (One Chance)
8. Happy (Despicable Me 2)
9. The Moon Song (Her)
10. Amen (All is Lost)


Oblivion – M83 needs to be here! Phenomenal song


Why "Almost Home" from Oz the Great and Powerful is not here?????


Ordinary love by U2 'cause its a great love and human song and for the great man Mandela


Would be quite fun if 'Let It Go' would win.
Others will be I See Fire, Ordinary Love, The Moon Song and maybe Young & Beautiful if they allow it.


Give it to Ed Sheeran. I See Fire is incredible.


Let It Go song have a same boring animated tune that win already. Song start very well but then it go tooooooooo theatrical. I wish oscar look forward to see what a real grammy winning artists made a really strong lyrical song that carry that film. Also i feel let it go song is just a part of that film as the other songs really tell the whole story of a film into a one song. so here are my prediction

1. "Please Mr. Kennedy" (Inside Llywen Davis)
2. "Young & Beautiful" (The Great Gatsby)
3. "My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise)" (12 Years a Slave)
4. "Ordinary Love" (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom)
5. "The Moon Song" (Her)
6. "Amen" (All Is Lost)
7. "So You Know What It's Like" (Short Term 12)
8. "Last Mile Home" (August: Osage County)


Will Win: Let It Go (Frozen)
Could Win: None
Should Win: Let It Go (Frozen)


Younger Every Day – 3 Geezers!


Oblivion by m83 featuring Susanne Sundfør should be on the list =(


Might be too bold to say but the Oscar belongs to "Let It Go". The Academy let Brave won this year (Strong female character ),this song has the same trait I didn't see any reason to speculate. This will be a make up to Mary J. Blige "The Living Proof" if the song wins


why Almost Home" from Oz the Great and Powerful is not here???????????????


"i see fire" deserves to win and better at least be nominated


Lana all the way!!! Still habe to see Frozen but…Great Gatsby Young and Beatiful is actually one of my favorite songs of the year, if not the favorite!!

John Kreczko

"For the First Time in Forever" from Frozen isn't being considered?!


No Voice Like Gladys and such a beautiful song by Lenny Kravitz. this combination along with such a unbelievable movie is a def. no brainer


It will be ironic if "Young & Beautiful" wins because overall the music from The Great Gatsby was awful and ruined the movie for me. It was way to modern and did not belong in a movie set in the roaring 20s. "$100 Bill" might not be a bad song, but it is completely out of place in the film and should not even be considered. "Young & Beautiful" is a pretty good song, and it deserves a nomination, but "Let it Go" is so much better. While it doesn't deserve to win, I think "For the First Time in Forever" deserves a nomination.


The Oscar practically belongs to Frozen for this category.


I don't know but I think Young and Beautiful gonna win. The others nominees could be ''Let it Go'', ''Almost Home'', ''Atlas'' and ''I See Fire''.


Lana Del Rey <3


"Atlas" (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Coldplay)
"Young & Beautiful" (The Great Gatsby)
"Amen" (All Is Lost, Alex Ebert)
"So You Know What It's Like" (Short Term 12 – Keith Stanfield)
"In The Middle of the Night" (Lee Daniels' The Butler, Fantastia Barrino)




I believe that Frozen by Demi Lovato gonna be win this oscar


What about "Almost Home" from Oz the Great and Powerful?


"Young & Beautiful" (The Great Gatsby)
"Atlas" (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Coldplay)
"Let It Go" (Frozen, Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez)
"So You Know What It's Like" (Short Term 12 – Keith Stanfield)
The Moon Song" (Her, Karen O)

(We Remain, Elastic Heart and Over the Love should be there)


Amen will be nominated, it's one of the most beautiful emotional songs I've heard.


Really hope Amen by Alex Ebert gets a nom. That song was fantastic.


What about Fare Thee Well from Inside Llewyn Davis


Natasha Khan and Jon Hopkins's Garden's Heart from How I live Now is a really beautiful song and deserves a nomination.


You forgot to mention Christina Aguilera's "We Remain", it is a possible candidate to get nominated and hopefully win an oscar!


If Frozen wins, Robert Lopez will have EGOTted. Being a fan of 'Avenue Q' and 'Book of Mormon', I will definitely be rooting for him.


I'm dying to see if Ms Del Rey will won this award. I've been waiting a while for you to release your predictions for this category, and what a pleasant surprise when i saw that you put my favorite original song in it.

PS. You wrote Rey wrong, it's Rey not Ray.

Steven Ball

The soundtrack for The Great Gatsby is the best in many years. Jay-Z was the executive musical director & should get credit for putting the whole thing together.

tom landry

You missed Younger Every Day from a hilarious movie 3 Geezers


Hope Young&Beautiful will win such a great magical song.
And "In my humble opinion" there can be more songs to make the list like:
Over the love
Kill and run. Both from he great Gatsby
Lean. From the hunger games

Don't sleep

There are totally like five original songs (in a row) at the end of Sound City, with the likes of Reznor, McCartney, Nicks… don't sleep on 'em.


Wait what about the Please Mr Kennedy song from Inside Llewyn Davis???


I know none of them are original, but I feel like the fact that the Academy won't acknowledge any of the music from Inside Llewyn Davis is beyond insane.

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