The 2013 Oscars has something for everyone, even for the musically-inclined viewers at home. Indeed, there are entire categories devoted to the way music can enhance a motion picture: the Music — Original Song and Music — Original Score categories, to be specific.
We’re focusing on the former category for the sake of our latest round of Oscar predictions. Countless noteworthy songs were crafted in the name of Hollywood throughout 2012, but only five were powerful enough to receive Academy Award nominations. Of those five, which one will sing the loudest and proudest on Oscar night? Read on for our predictions.
Who Should Win
In a just world, the award would go to “Skyfall,” performed by Adele Adkins and co-written by Adele and Paul Epworth. James Bond celebrates his 50th anniversary at the Oscars this year, and though “Skyfall” itself isn’t nominated for Best Picture, an Original Song victory would be a nice consolation prize. As a film, “Skyfall” has earned high-enough praise that some have labeled it as the all-time greatest Bond movie. We’ll stop short of such hyperbole, but we’ll throw our support behind “Skyfall” as one of the all-time great Bond movie themes. Adele’s voice is haunting, epic, and shrouded in mystery — a flawless encapsulation of the film itself.
Who Will Win
Even if 007 is most deserving of the Original Song award, he’ll first have to overcome the musical juggernaut known as “Les Misérables.” Once considered a frontrunner for Best Picture, “Les Mis” has since taken a back-seat to the good ships “Argo” and “Lincoln.” Tom Hooper’s musical will walk away with a Best Supporting Actress win for Anne Hathaway , however, and it’s equally likely that it’ll take home the Original Song trophy for “Suddenly,” Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil’s unique contribution to the film adaptation of the classic stage musical. It’s not the flashiest or most memorable number in the film, no, but it represents the greater musical achievements of “Les Mis” as a whole — and for that reason, if nothing else, expect to see a win for Team Valjean on Oscar night.