The recently announced list of the 75 original songs eligible for an Oscar nomination for the 85th edition of the awards show reads more like a Grammy scorecard with artists like Arcade Fire, Fiona Apple, Florence and the Machine, Dolly Parton, Rick Ross, Paul Williams, Owl City, John Legend, Katy Perry and Karen O., among the chosen crop. Also on the list is Rufus Wainwright for his song “Metaphorical Blanket,” which he penned for the Alan Cumming-starring indie “Any Day Now” (in select theaters December 14.
Based on a true story and directed with restraint by Travis Fine (he helmed the similarly affecting drama “The Space Between” starring Melissa Leo), “Any Day Now” centers on Rudy (Cumming) and Paul (Garret Dillahunt), a mismatched gay couple in the ’70s who take in a boy with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) after he’s abandoned by his junkie mother living next door. When their living arrangement comes to the attention of authorities, the two find themselves at the center of a nasty custody battle mired in homophobia.
“I tried to incorporate all three relationships into the piece,” Wainwright said of his song. “Be it between the two men, them and the child or vice versa, there’s always a sense of the impossible looming, nestled in the mundane. All these folks want to do is have a somewhat ‘normal’ life, which is often the hardest and most valiant thing to try and create.”
Give the track a listen below: