Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (a.k.a. the people who put on The Academy Awards every year) announced their shortlist of nominees for Best Original Song. Lykke Li’s “Possibility” from “New Moon” was included on the list. (Press play below to hear Lykke describe why the song was perfect for the movie.)
But before Twilighters start celebrating their first potential Oscar nomination (as some fan sites already have), a bit of perspective should be laid out. The “shortlist” rings in at 63 songs, which makes us think the long list must have comprised of just about every song included in a film this year.
And running down the list, it feels like the Academy really just did pick and choose the best song from the majority of the films released this year and threw it on. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” “Couples Retreat,” “I Love You, Beth Cooper” and “Bruno” were honored with having songs shortlisted for contention. Even “Stu’s Song” from “The Hangover” is on the list.
“Hannah Montana: The Movie” dominates the list with five songs in contention, and Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” is close behind with four. The rest of the films only have one or two songs nominated, with movies like “An Education,” “Where The Wild Things Are,” “Nine” and “Crazy Heart” getting the two-song appreciatory nod and films like “Jennifer’s Body,” “Old Dogs” and “Fast & Furious” only getting one.
In that case, I think it’s pretty insulting “New Moon” only got one nod, and that the songs chosen was “Possibility.” I would argue Thom Yorke’s “Hearing Damage” is probably the best from the list, followed close behind by either Bon Iver’s “Roslyn” or Grizzly Bear’s “Slow Life.” The fact of the matter is, while Lykke Li has a much better chance than about 75 percent of the songs on the list to get an actual nomination, there is little to no hope a “New Moon” song will make its way to the final five nominees.