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Four Go In, One Comes Out: Check Out The Four Nominees For The Oscars "Best Original Song"

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03/01/2014 10:24 pm
PopWrapped | Television
Four Go In, One Comes Out: Check Out The Four Nominees For The Oscars
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Margie Patton

Staff Writer


What makes a “Best Original Song” winner at the Oscars does not necessarily make a winner in terms of commercial success. The Huffington Post notes that the days of film-featured mega hits such as “My Heart Will Go On” and “Take My Breath Away” are fading, as 2002’s “Lose Yourself” from Eminem was the latest winner in the category to have massive chart appeal. While it’s true that Adele’s “Skyfall” won last year, the song was only a modest success compared to a globally inescapable track such as “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” or "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." It may be because, since 2000, the winner list has included more obscure tracks such as “Al otro lado del río"  (The Motorcycle Diaries, 2004) and "Jai Ho" (Slumdog Millionaire, 2008). Some telecasts of the Oscars have even eliminated performances from Original Song nominees for fear the unfamiliarity of the songs would decrease their viewership. However, all of that may change this Sunday, with nominees in the category including the already successful tracks, “Let It Go” (Frozen, 2013) and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Despicable Me 2). Who knows if a win might jumpstart the sales of the other two songs in the category: U2’s "Ordinary Love" (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and Karen O’s “The Moon Song” (Her). The weeks following the Oscars will reveal the public opinion. What’s your favorite song from the Oscar's Best Original Song winners list? Was it a mega smash or a hidden gem? Let us know in the comments!

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