The last few years has seen a populist uprising in the best original song category. In 2012, Adele became one step closer to EGOT by winning the Oscar for “Skyfall” alongside Paul Epworth. In 2013, the extraordinarily popular “Frozen” anthem “Let It Go” beat out the mainstream likes of Pharrell Williams, U2 and Karen O. And last year, John Legend and Common won for their “Selma” song “Glory.” It seems the days where we’d never heard of the best original song winner are long gone (“Al otro lado del rio” from “The Motorcycle Diaries,” anyone?) — and here are the days when they are #1 on iTunes the day after the Oscars.
Below is Anne Thompson’s take on how things might shake down in the race for best original song. Check out Thompson on Hollywood’s Oscar predictions page for more awards season analysis. Click here for more category breakdowns on Indiewire.
“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
“Writings on the Wall” from “Spectre”
WINNER: “Writings on the Wall” from “Spectre”