The Best Original Song Oscar is a bit of a mystery. There seems to be a different number of nominees every year, not to mention a different way to present each nominee during the show — as well as the choice to not air certain performances due to “time constraints.” It’s also a bit hard to predict which songs will get nominated. It can be anything from a track off of a classical score, to a show tune from a musical, to a hard rock number from an action movie. Naturally, with so much to choose from, the Academy has made some rather perplexing decisions over the years. That said, let’s look at some Best Original Songs nominees (and a few winners) the Academy might like to have back. Some of these songs are bad, some of them are great and you just wouldn’t expect to be nominated for an Oscar, and a few of them are a little of both.
Carly Simon – “Nobody Does It Better” (The Spy Who Loved Me)
Bond movies have quite a history at the Oscars. Three years ago, Adele won Best Original Song for “Skyfall,” and this year, Sam Smith is nominated for “Writing’s on the Wall.” Suffice it to say, though, both of those songs were way better than this one. While “Nobody Does It Better” is one of the more famous Bond themes, it also drones endlessly, feeling way longer than its three-and-a-half minute runtime. You can love Carly Simon and James Bond while still admitting they didn’t go together very well.
Stevie Wonder – “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (The Lady in Red)
Stevie Wonder has a master songbook filled with classics over the course of his incredible half century career. This track from The Lady in Red is not one of them. Rather than going into a rant about this one, I’ll let Jack Black take care of it for me: