With the 2019 Oscars nomination list out, it’s time to see if Netflix was able to stream its way into the Academy’s hearts in 2018. While the company’s sights will be locked on watching Roma contend for Best Picture, there are a few other categories where it can also win one of film’s most prized trophies.
Let’s take a look at the Oscar for Best Original Song, where “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from the Netflix Original film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is one of five nominees.
I’ll Fight – performed by Jennifer Hudson; written by Dianne Warren – RBG –1% chance at Oscar
With all due respect to Jennifer Hudson, this song feels far too generic to stand a chance at winning. Her singing’s great and all that, but we’ve heard several original songs like I’ll Fight in the past. The fact that it was for a documentary might also weaken it in the eyes of some judges. A fine song, but clearly the weakest of the list.
When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings – performed by Willie Watson, Tim Blake Nelson; written by David Rawlings, Gillian Wench – The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs – 4.5% chance at Oscar
A classic sounding western tune that manages to be perfectly unique. When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings doesn’t try as much as some of the other nominees, but it sounds just as good. Just some nice southern drawl and a fun hook. Unfortunately for Netflix, it’s got some tough competition.
The Place Where The Lost Things Go – performed by Emily Blunt; written by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman – Mary Poppins Returns – 4.5% chance at Oscar
Being from a musical certainly doesn’t hurt your chances at winning best song. Listeners will be surprised and impressed to hear Emily Blunt’s delightful singing as Mary Poppins, and The Place Where The Lost Things Go is yet another solid feel-good Disney track.
All The Stars – performed by Kendrick Lamar, SZA; written by Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Sounwave, Al Shux – Black Panther – 25% chance at Oscar
Here’s where the heavy hitters are in our opinion. First off is the summer club banger All The Stars from Kendrick and SZA. While a bit more pop than Kendrick’s usual stuff, this song is a fitting and catchy summer jam for the megahit that was Black Panther. It is also the only other song besides what’s next to have been nominated for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes.
Shallow – performed by Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper; written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt, Benjamin Rice – A Star is Born – 65% chance at Oscar
The heavy favorite. Shallow already won Best Original Song at the Golden Globes and it’s got over 225 million views and 2 million likes in less than four months on YouTube, substantially passing Kendrick’s 187 million hits on All The Stars in just a third of the time. It’s a powerful duet. It stars musical megastar Lady Gaga and movie megastar Bradley Cooper. It’s good. The movie itself has a ton of nominations. It’s very likely going to win.
Who do you think will win the Oscar for Best Original Song? Which is your favorite? Disagree with our odds? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @FlixAndChillin