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Grammy Noms for Gatsby

Somewhere in the past 5 years I lost the thread of popular music -- I can only keep up with so many things and film is obviously my happyplace -- but even when I was firmly ensconced in the music side of pop culture,  the Grammys never made much sense to me. Needless to say I'm lost when it comes to the major nominations though I generally listen in or around the top three categories (Album, Song, Record) to see if something pricks my ears. But I digress. Let's talk about the fields that relate to what we do here at The Film Experience. Grammy has categories for everything including prizes for stage, film and television... but since they're on a different timetable than Oscar, it's a mix of 2012 films and new releases mostly The Great Gatsby that could win Grammy gold.

And the nominees are...

Fantine sings again!

Best Compilation Soundtrack

  • Django Unchained
  • The Great Gatsby (Deluxe Edition)
  • Les Misérables (Deluxe Edition)
  • Muscle Shoals
  • Sound City: Real To Reel

Best Score Soundtrack

  • Argo 
-Alexandre Desplat
  • The Great Gatsby
 -Craig Armstrong
  • Life Of Pi 
-Mychael Danna (the Oscar winner)
  • Lincoln
 -John Williams
  • Skyfall
 -Thomas Newman
  • Zero Dark Thirty
 -Alexandre Desplats

Someone really likes themselves some Desplat, the new John Williams for awards ubiquity. You'll notice this nominee list is Oscar's shortlist for Original Score from last year minus Anna Karenina plus Zero Dark Thirty (which was an unfortunate Oscar snub since it's so superior to Desplat's other nominated score)  and 2013's The Great Gatsby since the Grammys can't be contained by 5 nominees... sometimes.

Why does The Great Gatsby get to be nominated for both kinds of movie score categories? I do not know.

Best Song Written For Visual Media

  • "
" from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin
  • "Silver Lining" from Silver Linings Playbook
    Diane Warren
  • "Skyfall" from Skyfall
    Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth
  • "We Both Know" from Safe Haven
    Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw
  • "Young And Beautiful" from The Great Gatsby
    Lana Del Rey & Rick Nowels
  • "You've Got Time
" from Orange is the New Black
    Regina Spektor

I can't remember who told me that a lot of people hate the Orange is the New Black song but when they told me I did not believe them. Best TV theme song in years and years. Or at least since Jenji Kohan's last television series. It matters not - Skyfall will continue hoovering up awards for years to come as "Temple Grandin" of movie songs.

Musical Theater Album


  • Kinky Boots
    Cyndi Lauper, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Stark Sands, Billy Porter & Others)
  • Matilda: The Musical
    Tim Minchin, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
  • Motown The Musical

    various composers (it's a jukebox musical); (Original Broadway Cast With Brandon Victor Dixon, Valisia LeKae, CharlBrown, Bryan Terrell Clark, & Others)

 Odd that there are only 3 nominees when Grammy loves an overabundance. Odd that recent sensation Pippin didn't make it, but I guess it wasn't enough of a tourist crossover to catch Grammys eye? It's tough to imagine that Cyndi Lauper will lose this given her success on the boards and her previous incarnation as a Grammy winning pop star (14 noms / 1 win).

Best Music Video


  • "Safe And Sound
" - Capitol Cities
    Grady Hall, video director
  • "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film" (previously discussed) -Jay-Z
    Mark Romanek

  • "
Can't Hold Us" -Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    Jon Jon Augustavo, Jason Koenig & Ryan Lewis 

  • "Suit & Tie" - Justin Timberlake
    David Fincher !!!!!!!!! (True story: I was a fan before he ever made movies because his music videos were so damn good. But for some reason I thought he'd hung up that particular hat. I guess his Social Network star lured him back) 

  • "
I'm Shakin'" - Jack White
    Dori Oskowitz

Which Grammy nominations are *you* excited about? (In these or other categories - here's a complete list)


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There were two different Great Gatsby album releases. One was the compilation album featuring all of the modern music. The other was the instrumental scoring. That's the difference between the two categories. Grammys are determined by actual album/single releases except for the two video categories and catch-alls like Producer of the Year. All of the score soundtrack nominees had physical/digital releases of film scores, while the compilation soundtrack nominees had physical/digital releases of collected songs featured in a film in addition to (or in lieu of) a traditional score.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

I also love the Orange Is the New Black opening credits song, very fitting, Have you seen this roundtable conversation with Taylor Schilling and other tv actresses (SMG!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgnSoHZhMzk ? It's short, but very interesting and fun.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterremy

also like OITNB opening song and was surprised people didn't like it.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

YAAAASSSSSS!!!!! To that Desplat ZDT score nomination. It has no shot though, then again, I have no idea who is the favorite in that category.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

I like the OITNB theme song, but it's so long that I end up forwarding through it. And they don't even include faces to go along with the rollcall of unknown actor names. It's kinda baffling, so maybe that's why your friend doesn't like it? Good song though.

And, "Young and Beautiful" has now picked up a couple of these nominations.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

I think had the OITNB theme only played in the first episode and then had just played in a 30 second vignette before each episode, people would've liked it more. Instead each episode just has the song at the sang length over and over. I'm sure for the binge-watching crowd that was a put-off. I still liked it in the end.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

The Grammy is the perfect example on how the awards losing touch to both audiences and critics. We often complain hoe the Oscar always pick the safe choices, but the Grammy do it worse. Many of the music blogs don't even care to put the Grammy nominations. But guessing who they will nominated/left out is actually the fun thing to do

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertombeet

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