Oscars Best Losers: Ten Songs That Should Have Won


The Academy Awards are just a few days away, and with most of the winners already assumed, it’s another boring build-up to the ceremony. I’m hoping for a couple upsets-mostly a DiCaprio win over McConaughey and a June Squibb dark horse victory (maybe Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence split the votes, you never know). A big one would happen if Karen O and Spike Jonze can stop the powerhouse that is Frozen from winning best song. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, and there have been a few rare instances where the better song won over the obvious choice, but they are few and far between.

Since “Lose Yourself” won Best Song a little over a decade ago, I thought that maybe it would be a turning point and change the thinking behind the award voting. It seemed to, when Three Six Mafia won a couple years later. But lately it’s just been more of the same old snoozefest songs (kudos for “Skyfall” and “Falling Slowly,” though-they deserved it). Here are 10 songs that lost out to lesser ones that should make the AMPAS members think long and hard about casting their votes next year.

10. 1965: “I Will Wait For You” lost to “The Shadow Of Your Smile.”

9.1953: “That’s Amore” lost to “Secret Love”

8. 1978: “Hopelessly Devoted To You” lost to “Last Dance”

7. 1999: “Save Me” (and “Blame Canada”) lost to “You’ll Be In My Heart”

6. 1955: “Unchained Melody” lost to “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing”

5. 1967: “Bare Necessities” lost to “Talk To The Animals”

4. 1935: “Cheek To Cheek” lost to “Lullaby Of Broadway”

3. 1973: “Live And Let Die” lost to “The Way We Were”

2. 1995: “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” lost to “Colors Of The Wind”

1. 1979: “Rainbow Connection” lost to “It Goes Like It Goes”