The “Best Original Song” portion at the Academy Awards is one of the annual Hollywood award show’s weirder categories. Most years I have no idea who is even nominated until the live broadcast when the host introduces Sting, Randy Newman, or whoever’s pretending to have written a song inspired by a film they likely haven’t seen in full that year. But then Three Six Mafia wins a gold statue, indie singer/songwriters Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová upset three nods for Enchanted, or Elliott Smith shows up to play “Miss Misery” dressed all in white, and they’ve grabbed my attention again.
In order to stir up some hope that next year’s broadcast will include a similar event, we’ll be posting from time to time on a few interesting possible nominees that come across the radar, starting with U2:
The Wrap reports that Lionsgate Films are plotting a big Oscar campaign for Brothers, a drama starring Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Tobey Maguire, and U2 have penned a song for the Academy’s consideration. “Winter,” a tune that is also supposedly included on Songs of Ascent, the forthcoming sister album to No Line on the Horizon, can be streamed here or embedded below.
What do you think? Will an Oscar be joining Bono, the Edge, Larry, and Adam’s respective Grammy collections? The Playlist doesn’t think so, but Bono’s foray into spoken word at 3:47 makes for some damn good Oscar bait if you ask us.