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  • Oscars 2014 Best Original Song Nominees
Karen O & Ezra Koenig

This year’s Academy Awards ceremony is unusually relevant to us Stereogum types: Not only is the Arcade Fire up for Best Score (for the Her score, composed by Will Butler and Owen Pallett), but Pharrell, Karen O, and U2 are in contention for Best Song (for, respectively: “Happy” from Despicable Me 2; “The Moon Song” from Her; and “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom). Also, all the Best Song nominees will be performing, and when Karen O takes the stage, she’ll be joined by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig. We’ll be watching (and compiling) all those performances right here.

UPDATE: At the top is U2, delivering a restrained and elemental take on “Ordinary Love.” Below that is Karen and Ezra, doing a hushed, intimate, olde-tymey “The Moon Song.” (Which, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson, features some astronomically suspect scenery.) And at the bottom is Pharrell. And his hat. He dances with some front-row nominees — such as Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep, and Amy Adams — to the No. 1 song in the country.

They all lost to Frozen hit “Let It Go,” written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (who now has an EGOT).

Comments (20)
  1. Was Pharrell nominated for Best Short?


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  2. Seriously though, if Leo was ever gonna win it was gonna be tonight. Not that McConaughey didn’t deserve it, but damn I was rootin’ for my man Leo Dicaprios.

    • Nah, he’ll have other chances. They might even do what they did with Al Pacino and give him an Oscar for the wrong film just to make up for snubbing him in the past.

    • He didn’t win a single precursor. It was never going to happen. He’s young. He’ll win eventually.

    • wolf of wallstreet simply isn’t an oscar film, and his role wasn’t an oscar friendly one, even though it was terrific. 12 years a slave and the AIDs one, although they are important films, are very of the moment and will be forgotten in the mists of time. WOWS however will continue to generate debate, praise, scorn for years to come. I although thought Bruce Dern was wonderful in Nebraska, which was my favorite flick of the year.

      • I didn’t like 12 Years a Slave but to say it will be forgotten is pretty naive. Seeing as it’s the first major studio film to address slavery from a Black perspective (SPOILERS) without necessarily wrapping up neatly in the end… that’s pretty fucking important.

        That said I’m sure WOWS would have done better had it come out a couple years ago — more prescient re: financial crisis etc. I’m disappointed it didn’t win a single award… but what can ya do.

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  4. I still think that is the best U2 song since 1993.

  5. This was my favorite Oscars after 1992 when Unforgiven won and Pharrell performed 24 hours of Rump Shaker.

  6. Ellen’s pizza bit was some damn good comedy. The fact she didn’t drop it and was even taking tips in Pharrell’s hat ($200 from Weinstein!) got some genuine laughs out of me. Much funnier than making little one-off jokes about each presenter. It’s as if the introductions were beside the point since Meryl Streep was hungry.

    • also that liza minnell joke SLAYED


    • I agree, she instilled a great level of reality throughout the entire night. What was asinine though was Midler singing Wind Beneath My Wings after the In Memorium. I mean, really, how out to lunch are the organizers of this thing? Oscars really need to bring the age demo down and get rid of the 90% which are a bunch of old stuffed shirts who fail to be relevant.
      I thought a great touch would of at least been to have someone like a Beyonce, etc sing a nice reflective R&B type tribute.

    • Really? I thought the pizza joke was terrible and took way too long. I was falling asleep watching that.

  7. The thing that kind of bothered me is that Arcade Fire didn’t win. Most important indie band of the last decade, most important and vital and best rock band playing presently, and you arne’t going to award them best score?

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