This was not a good year for the "Best Original Song" category at the Golden Globe's. In fact, it's arguably one of the worst in recent memory. We're not certain what this means, if it means anything at all, but it's clear the film industry tossed original music to the wayside in 2009 in favor of licensed soundtracks or scores.
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We're not entirely behind the HFPA's choices in music (seriously, where was Clint Mansell's excellent score for Moon?) but the fact that the absolutely awful "I See You," the theme song from the 3D sequel to Ferngully lost out to the slightly better "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)" by the far more talented team of Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett was welcome news last night.
The other losers include U2's attempt at an epic Coldplay song, "Winter," Paul McCartney's relatively boring "(I Want To) Come Home," and the rather odd "Cinema Italiano." It's clear this was the year of the parenthetical track listings and safe choices, but if these were the finalists what did the pool of songs look like originally?
We'd venture to guess Hannah Montana was mixed in there somewhere, but it's a strange feat indeed that none of these tracks were really worthy in comparison to previous years. Sure, awards in general tend to be bloated affairs where nobody is really happy with the choices, but this year seems more lackluster than usual.
For what it's worth, we'd have cast a vote for the 40-second gem "We Love Violence" from The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, but nobody asked us.