The Motion Picture Academy is embroiled in a minor dustup involving the disqualification of one of the five nominees for Best Original Song because of some shady campaigning. The songwriter of “Alone, Yet Not Alone” is fighting back, and most aggravatingly, “Godless Hollywood” is being blamed for unfairly picking on this plucky underdog of a nominee, which is the theme song to an obscure Christian film that has only played in a few theaters. Why, it’s a regular “David vs. Goliath!”
It doesn’t help the songwriter’s case that the song is terrible, and sounds like an outtake from the Sandi Patti box set.
Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time The Academy nominated terrible songs and left out more deserving fare. In fact, here are a few Best Original Song nominees from the past that should have been disqualified instantly. Not for any impropriety … but because they suck.
Let’s start with an actual winner for the award.
I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU from The Woman In Red (1984)
This was one of the biggest hits of Stevie Wonder‘s career, spending three weeks at #1. It’s also the worst song of his career, a cloying, saccharin piffle that had nothing whatsoever to do with the film The Woman In Red. In fact, Stevie admitted in a copyright lawsuit that he had started writing the song in the mid-70’s, “but that he changed the tune over the years and did not record its final version until 1984.” So how is it the Best Original Song Written Specifically For A Film?
Should Have Been Nominated Instead: Any of the songs from Purple Rain, the theme from The Neverending Story, or “Breakin’… There’s No Stopping Us.”
THE GIRL WHO USED TO BE ME from Shirley Valentine (1989)
“The Girl Who Used To Be Me, You Could Read By The Light Of Her Smile.” Sorry, I don’t want to know that girl. I’d much rather spend time with that preacher-screwing tramp who moved like Harlow in Monte Carlo in “I’ve Never Been To Me.” She seems like more fun.
Should Have Been Nominated Instead: “Pet Semetary” by The Ramones
YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE from YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE (1977)
Louis Virtel already mentioned that there’s no way this song should have won the Oscar over “Nobody Does It Better,” but I’ll go one better and strike it completely from the nominee list, if only to save a lifetime of bad karaoke.
Should Have Been Nominated Instead: Well, none of the Bee Gees songs from Saturday Night Fever were eligible (they weren’t written for the movie), so let’s go with … The theme song from Suspiria by Goblin. Hey, it has vocals. Sort of.
STORYBOOK LOVE from The Princess Bride (1987)
“My Love Is Like A Storybook Story, But It’s As Real As The Feelings I Feel.” Seriously?
Should Have Been Nominated Instead: “Jamaica Ska,” from Back To The Beach, from Annette Funicello and Fishbone.