Written by: Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
Performed by: Patti Smith and Kronos Quartet
Charts (U.S.): N/A
Why? Paramount Pictures is pushing the film as an overall contender and is paying close attention to Smith’s end-credits ballad. Sounds like something the music branch would go for, and Smith’s status is an iconic singer-songwriter helps, too.
Why not? The music branch can surprise us – remember The Wrestler (2008) and its title track? Musicals like Annie and Begin Again might be the highlights here.
Ranking: No. 2 as of Oct. 17, 2014
More on the competition:
Best Original Song 2014