Oscar season’s ramping up, which is a good time to take inventory of what a great year it was for movies, a solid year for songs in movies, and a terrible year for just about everything else. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a massive long list of songs (70!!) eligible for nomination in next year’s Best Original Song field at the Oscars.
Here were the songs I recognized:
- “Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens (Call Me By Your Name)
- “Visions of Gideon” by Sufjan Stevens (Call Me By Your Name)
- “The Promise” by Chris Cornell (The Promise)
- “The Pure and the Damned” by Oneohtrix Point Never and Iggy Pop (Good Time)
- “Stand Up For Something” by Common (Marshall)
- “Captain Underpants Theme Song” by “Weird Al” Yankovic (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie)
- “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by Taylor Swift and ZAYN (Fifty Shades Darker)
Now, I can safely say that all of these songs came out at some point in the last, oh I don’t know, five years—the Sufjan Call Me By Your Name songs are barely a month old—but “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”? That I’m not so sure about. Wikipedia alleges that the song was released on December 9, 2016, or roughly one year ago. But anecdotally, it seems like I’ve been hearing their benign pound-town epic in grocery stores for most of the decade. I guess time drags when everything’s gone to shit?