15 Soundtrack Classics That Should Have Won The Oscar For Best Original Song

By: 02.25.14  •  70 Comments

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The best original song from a movie released in 2013 won’t win Best Original Song this Sunday. That’s because “Please Mr. Kennedy” wasn’t technically eligible, because it’s a blah blah blah UH OH. Even though the unstoppable snowball-rolling-down-a-mountain that is “Let It Go” is going to win, it would have been nice if Llewyn Davis had taken the slot that went to U2’s snot-rag of a song, “Ordinary Love.”

Oh well, we should be used to this by now, the real best song losing to the technical Best Song. It’s happened time and time again since the Academy Awards debuted the category in 1934. Here are 15 soundtrack classics (not including Prince’s “Purple Rain,” which won Original Song Score, for some reason) that were either nominated for Best Original Song and lost, or were ignored altogether. That thing you DON’T do, Oscars, is give an Academy Award to Madonna over the Oneders.

“A Hard Day’s Night” by the Beatles (A Hard Day’s Night)
What actually won: “Chim Chim Cher-ee” by Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)

“Springtime for Hitler” by the Springtime for Hitler Ensemble (The Producers)
What actually won: “The Windmills of Your Mind” by Noel Harrison (The Thomas Crown Affair)

“Freddie’s Dead” by Curtis Mayfield (Superfly)
What actually won: “The Morning After” by Maureen McGovern (The Poseidon Adventure)

“Waste of Time” by the Stains (Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains)
What actually won: “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

“Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog (The Muppet Movie)
What actually won: “It Goes Like It Goes” by Jennifer Warnes (Norma Rae)

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