Where is the justice? Pixar’s Coco, a Latinx-focused film centered around Dia de los Muertos, won Best Animated Picture at the Golden Globes Sunday night. That’s great news, because the flick is truly great—but Coco’s standout track, “Remember Me,” with its enduring message of love and hope that is almost guaranteed to make you teary, was rudely overlooked for Best Original Song. That award went to “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, a movie about loving the circus that is not great, because it is not Coco.
Dear Hollywood Foreign Press: Hear me out on this. I saw The Greatest Showman, which is getting absolutely ripped apart in the reviews, and I will admit that I enjoyed some parts of it (ask me about that Zendaya and Zac Efron duet.) But even I don’t think “This Is Me” deserved to win over “Remember Me.” Did anyone who voted for this category even see Coco? Do they not remember the various instances in which the heartbreaking “Remember Me” played and reduced at least one or two people in the audience to tears? (I do, because I was the person crying.)
If anyone got a little emotional during The Greatest Showman, it’s because the movie reads like the writers looked up “how to write a musical” and followed the instructions to a T; it’s full of over-the-top, highly choreographed musical numbers that might just put a smile on your face BECAUSE of how unapologetically cheesy it is. Sure, it’s effective, but that doesn’t mean it’s good, and everyone should know the difference.
In short: Justice for “Remember Me.” Listen to the version sung by Anthony Gonzalez (who played the film’s extremely adorable main character) above.