Ricky Gervais is back once again to host the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, meaning nothing is sacred and nobody is safe from the comedian’s wit. As if seeing this year’s nominees get roasted wasn’t enough reason to tune in on Sunday Jan 10 on NBC (8PM ET/5PM PT), this year’s super solid pack of Best Original Song contenders has us more excited than ever to catch the show. The Nominations for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture include music from Fifty Shades of Grey, Love & Mercy, Furious 7, Youth, and Spectre, and while the nominees vary in terms of genre, they all have one thing in common: Love.
Since love seems to reign supreme this year, everyone’s a winner in our book. But only one song can take home the award — check out the nominees below and let us know who you think deserves the Golden Globe in the comments.
NOMINATIONS FOR BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“SEE YOU AGAIN” — FURIOUS 7
Artist: Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth
Music & Lyrics: Justin Franks, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, Cameron Thomaz
Tender piano, a soaring chorus, and Charlie Puth’s emotional vocals drive this moving tribute to late Furious franchise star Paul Walker, who died tragically in a Nov 2013 car crash. The song evokes the heartbreak of loss but ultimately contains a message of hope with cathartic lyrics like “so let the light guide your way, hold every memory as you go, and every road you take will always lead you home”. Close friend Vin Diesel recently paid his respects to his former Furious costar by singing part of the song at the People Choice Awards.
“LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO” — FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
Artist: Ellie Goulding
Music & Lyrics: Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ali Payami, Ilya Salmanzadeh
Love is a common theme among many Best Original Song nominees, but this isn’t just any old love song — the racy subject matter of Fifty Shades of Grey means that Ellie Goulding’s romantic anthem has a bit of extra edge and grit that help set it apart from the pack. We can’t help but get a little swept up as she describes the conflicting waves of vulnerability and confidence that come with falling in love. Ellie’s touring in 2016, so don’t miss her in your area.
“WRITING’S ON THE WALL” — SPECTRE
Artist: Sam Smith
Music & Lyrics: Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes
We like to think we’re well fortified against even the most heartbreaking ballad, but Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes’ beautiful contribution to the Bond song canon pretty much makes us crumble. The ballad’s evocative lyrics provide the perfect emotional counterpoint to all the explosive action 007 gets into in Spectre, directed by Sam Mendes and released in 2015.
“ONE KIND OF LOVE” — LOVE & MERCY
Artist: Brian Wilson
Music & Lyrics: Brian Wilson, Scott Bennett
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys insists there’s only “One Kind of Love”, and we can’t help but agree with him. He wrote the tune for Love & Mercy, a critically acclaimed biopic that beautifully tells the story of his life, career, and experiences with love. If you’re into music biographies, this film is a must-see.
“SIMPLE SONG #3” — YOUTH
Artist: David Lang, Sumi Jo
Music & Lyrics: David Lang
We have just one word for David Lang and Sumi Jo’s beautiful contribution to the Italian comedy-drama Youth: goosebumps. The lush orchestration and breathtaking operatic vocals of “Simple Song #3” give us all the feels, and the song’s simple yet effective lyrics culminate in a powerful message of how it feels to be recognized by the one you love.
Congrats to the talented nominees behind these unforgettable songs. We wish them all the best of luck at the Golden Globes this Sunday Jan 10 on NBC (8PM ET/5PM PT).
POST-AWARDS CEREMONY UPDATE: And the winner of the Golden Globe is… “Writing’s On the Wall” from SPECTRE with music and lyrics by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes.