12 Songs Won Golden Globes & Weren’t Even Nominated for Oscars
By Paul Grein
A few of these songs weren’t eligible for Oscar consideration. Others simply didn’t get enough votes.
Winning a Golden Globe for best original song is often a stepping-stone to winning an Oscar in that category. Seven of the last 10 Globe winners went on to win the Oscar. Whoever wins when this year’s Golden Globes are presented on Sunday (Feb. 28) no doubt hopes that pattern continues.
But it doesn’t always work out that way. Since 1961, when the Globes introduced their best original song category, 12 songs have won a Globe that weren’t even nominated for an Oscar. A few weren’t eligible. At least one wasn’t properly entered. Others simply didn’t get enough votes.
The roster of songs that won the Globe and weren’t even nominated for an Oscar includes several that were written and performed by pop and rock legends, including Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, and Mick Jagger
Here’s a complete list of these 12 songs, in reverse chronological order.
2011: “Masterpiece,” Music & Lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, and Jimmy Harry, performed by Madonna – W.E.
Madonna has introduced two Oscar winners for the best original song, “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)” from Dick Tracy and “You Must Love Me” from Evita. But she has yet to be Oscar-nominated for a song she wrote or co-wrote. Being recognized for this midtempo ballad would probably have been especially meaningful: Madonna directed, co-wrote, and co-produced W.E., the film from which the song came. Making the song’s omission all the more puzzling, there were just two Oscar nominees for best original song in 2011, the lowest number in history.
2010: “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” Music & Lyrics by Diane Warren, performed by Cher – Burlesque
Warren has amassed 11 Oscar nominations for the best original song, but this one was passed over. There were just four Oscar nominees for best song in 2010, but they still couldn’t find a spot for this song, which almost seemed to be a comment on Cher’s indomitable nature. “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” lacks the wit and sass of Cher and Warren’s greatest joint effort “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Even so, it received a Grammy nod for best song written for visual media.
2008: “The Wrestler,” Music & Lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, performed by Bruce Springsteen – The Wrestler
Springsteen had won the Oscar with “Streets of Philadelphia” from the 1993 film Philadelphia, and was Oscar-nominated for the title song from the 1995 film Dead Man Walking, but was passed over with this song. That’s true even though there were just three Oscar nominees for best original song in 2008. Springsteen’s world-weary recording of “The Wrestler” bubbled under the Hot 100 at No. 120. “The Wrestler” received a Grammy nod for best song written for visual media
2007: “Guaranteed,” Music & Lyrics by Eddie Vedder, performed by Eddie Vedder – Into the Wild
This bittersweet ballad captures the melancholy mood of the film, which starred Emile Hirsch. Eddie Vedder‘s soundtrack to the film was a hit, rising to No. 11 on the Billboard 200. “Guaranteed” received a Grammy nod for best song written for visual media
2006: “Song of the Heart,” Music & Lyrics by Prince Rogers Nelson, performed by Prince – Happy Feet
Prince won an Oscar for best original song score for Purple Rain, but he was never nominated for best original song. This peppy tune has some of the elements that made Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” a monster hit (and an Oscar nominee) in 2014. “Song of the Heart” received a Grammy nod for best song written for visual media
2005: “A Love That Will Never Grow Old,” Lyrics by Bernie Taupin, Music by Gustavo Santaolalla, performed by Emmylou Harris – Brokeback Mountain
Gustavo Santaolalla won an Oscar for best original score for this film, but he wasn’t nominated for this song. That’s true even though there were just three Oscar nominees for best original song that year. His lyricist, Bernie Taupin, would have to wait 14 more years for his first Oscar nomination, which he finally got for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman. It won both the Golden Globe and the Oscar. Taupin wrote both songs about gay characters.
2004: “Old Habits Die Hard,” Music & Lyrics by Mick Jagger, David A. Stewart, performed by Mick Jagger – Alfie
Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s title song from the original Alfie received a best song Oscar nod in 1966, but this song from the reboot, starring Jude Law, fell short. It would have been cool to see Mick Jagger on the Oscar stage and to see David A. Stewart get an Oscar so he could level up with his former Eurythmics partner Annie Lennox, who won for “Into the West” from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
1979: “The Rose,” Music & Lyrics by Amanda McBroom, performed by Bette Midler – The Rose
This heartfelt ballad probably would have won the Oscar, but McBroom was honest about the fact that she didn’t write it for the film. (Other songwriters have been less forthcoming about their songs’ origins and were allowed to compete — and, in at least one case, win.) The song received a Grammy nomination for song of the year. Bette Midler’s recording, which reached No. 3 on the Hot 100, was also Grammy-nominated for record of the year and won a Grammy for best female pop vocal performance
1967: “If Ever I Would Leave You,” Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe, performed by actor Franco Nero (voiced by Gene Merlino) — Camelot
This gorgeous ballad was the standout song from the Broadway show, which opened in December 1960. Robert Goulet, who performed the song in his role as Lancelot, sang the song on practically every variety TV show of the 1960s, and there were many. A Golden Globe for a song that was already a standard was a bit of a stretch. Lerner and Loewe had won an Oscar for the title song to Gigi (1958).
1966: “Strangers in the Night,” Lyrics by Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder, Music by Bert Kaempfert, performed (as an instrumental) by Bert Kaempfert – A Man Could Get Killed
This Kaempfert composition was featured in the film as an instrumental theme under the title “Beddy Bye.” The Oscars, being more by-the-book than the Globes, insisted that songs must have lyrics to compete in the category. You know the rest of the story: Singleton and Snyder added lyrics to the song, Frank Sinatra recorded it and took it to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. His sumptuous recording won a Grammy for record of the year. The song (now with music and lyrics) received a Grammy nod for the song of the year.
1965: “Forget Domani,” Lyrics by Norman Newell, Music by Riz Ortolani, performed by Katyna Ranieri – The Yellow Rolls-Royce
Newell and Ortolani were Oscar-nominated two years earlier for “More” from Mondo Cane, which became one of the top contemporary standards of its time. Ortolani received a second Oscar nod for “Till Love Touches Your Love,” a first-rate song from Madron (1970). Veteran Italian vocalist Katyna Ranieri, who was Ortolani’s wife, sang the vocal version of “Forget Domani” heard in the film. Sinatra and Connie Francis both had minor Hot 100 hits with this toe-tapper in 1965.
1964: “Circus World,” Lyrics by Ned Washington, Music by Dimitri Tiomkin – Circus World
Washington and Tiomkin had received five Oscar nominations for the best original song, winning for 1952 classic “High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin’).” They were nominated for “Town Without Pity” from the 1961 film of the same name, which received an Oscar nod (and won the first Golden Globe ever presented for best original song). Washington and Tiomkin won seven Oscars between them but did not get a nod for this bland and forgettable song.