Because films with an Original Song nomination aren't strictly the most well received films, they can be harder to get access to. As such, I wasn't able to see Beyond the Lights or Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me.
- Original Song
- "Everything Is Awesome" from The LEGO Movie
Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
- "Glory" from Selma
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
- "Grateful" from Beyond the Lights
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
- "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me
Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
- "Lost Stars" from Begin Again
Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
"Glory" is written by Common and John Stephens who is best known as
"Grateful" is an optimistic "that which doesn't kill me makes me stronger" anthem. I'm going to be honest, it's all the things a well-polished studio song usually is, and that includes forgettable. Sorry Dianne, but I'm not morally allowed to say anything nice about your music after "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" is a stirring song from Alzheimer's-stricken Glen Campbell and has all the depth and impact that I really wanted "Glory" to have. It's poignant and cuts to a very personal core that makes me incredibly disappointed to not be able to catch this documentary.
"Lost Stars" is the sort of song in the sort of movie that I dislike as a natural reaction; Begin Again won me over though. While just as polished (if not more so) than "Grateful," this is a haunting ballad that lingers past its welcome. Should we have expected less from a couple of New Radicals known for Natasha Beddingfield's "Pocket Full of Sunshine" and "The Game of Love" by Santana and Michelle Branch?
"Grateful" is the only song here that I just don't think is very good, and I think only "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" and "Lost Stars" really stand strongly on their own as well as offer fantastic compliments to their films. I think Glen Campbell will win. The song is great, but the backstory really will sell it. That said, I think "Lost Stars" is the better performance. What? If I'm not going to pick Tegan and Sara, I'll pick the songwriter from Michigan.
Will win:: I'm Not Gonna Miss You
Should win: Lost Stars