Best Original Song 2014: “Moonquake Lake” from Annie

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

Why? Sia picked up a Golden Globe nod for her Burlesque (2010) ballad, “Bound to You,” and has worked on other prominent soundtracks – The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), Epic (2013), and The Great Gatsby (2013), among others. This year gave way to Sia’s biggest mainstream recognition yet (“Chandelier”/1000 Forms of Fear) and “Guts Over Fear,” her Billboard Hot 100-charting contribution to The Equalizer. With so much working in her favor, she might score an Oscar nod for this musical.

Why not? Like Burlesque, the perceived quality of the film itself might be an issue. Coldplay (“Miracles” from Unbroken) and Common and John Legend (“Glory” from Selma), among others, might fill this year’s quota for songs by popular music artists. Also, I don’t believe this is performed as a number in the film; a ballad like “Opportunity” is more likely for the nomination.

Ranking: No. 17 as of Nov. 18, 2014

More on the competition:
Best Original Song 2014

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Original Song 2014: “The City’s Yours” from Annie (more)
Best Original Song 2014: “Opportunity” from Annie (more)
Best Original Song 2014: “Who Am I?” from Annie (more)
Best Original Song 2014: “Guts Over Fear” from The Equalizer (more)

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