As I’m writing this, the Oscar nominees are coming out and hitting the newswire, and the big story seems to be Selma getting shut out from many of the major categories. But this is a music site, so we’ll focus on what’s happening musically. In the always-contentious Best Original Song category, the Oscar voters are proving to have less interesting tastes than the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who nominated Patti Smith, Lana Del Rey, and Lorde for Golden Globes in that category. “Everything Is Awesome,” the Tegan And Sara/Lonely Island team-up from The Lego Movie, is, however, up for an Oscar, and it wasn’t nominated for a Golden Globe.
Another Oscar nominee is “Glory,” the John Legend/Common collaboration that did win the Golden Globe this past weekend. And the other nominations are less compelling. The former New Radicals leader Gregg Alexander, who recently emerged from relative reclusion, is now an Oscar nominee thanks to his co-writing credit on “Lost Stars,” which Adam Levine and Keira Knightley sang in Begin Again. Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s lament “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, is in there as well, as is “Grateful,” a song Rita Ora sang in Beyond the Lights.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, former Oscar winners thanks to their Social Network score, were shut out of the category for their work on Gone Girl this time, though Jóhann Jóhannsson, the minimalist Icelandic composer who won a Golden Globe this past weekend, did score a Best Original Score nomination for The Imitation Game.