Best Original Song 2014: “Mercy Is” from Noah

Written by: Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
Performed by: Patti Smith and Kronos Quartet

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A
Charts (U.S.): N/A

Festivals: 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

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