Best Original Song 2015: “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre


Written by: Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Performed by: Sam Smith

The Facts

This Year
Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A
Billboard Hot 100 peak (as of Sept. 9): N/A

About the Film

Festivals: N/A
U.S. Distributor: Sony/Columbia
U.S. Release Date: Nov. 6, 2015
U.S. Box Office: N/A

Why? We’ve been comparing Smith to Adele – who won the Academy Award for Skyfall’s (2012) eponymous tune – ever since we heard the chorus of his Grammy Award-winning “Stay with Me.” Now that he’s hopped on board for the latest in the ever-evolving James Bond franchise, can he snag a chunk of Oscar gold for himself?

Why not? Despite Bond tunes’ cultural prevalence, their success rate at the Oscars is surprisingly low. Spectre is unlikely to recapture the cultural fervor of Skyfall, whose release coincided with the 50th anniversary of Bond’s cinematic adventures. And despite the obvious similarities, Smith ≠ Adele.

Ranking: No. 2 as of Sept. 9, 2015

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