The new James Bond film Spectre won a Golden Globe in the sole category it was nominated in: Best Original Song.
The 24th film in the James Bond franchise, Spectre, was overlooked in the recently announced BAFTA nominations. It suffered from mixed reviews from critics. And it received just a single Golden Globe nomination.
Despite all of this, Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes’ “Writing’s on the Wall” won for Best Original Song.
The Best Original Song category featured songs from Fifty Shades of Grey, Furious 7, Love and Mercy, Youth, and Spectre.
The category was visibly a mixed bag, with songs ranging from the crooning Bond tune to pop ballads to the orchestral. In the end, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association went with Spectre despite huge market success from Furious 7‘s “See You Again.”
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The last Bond film to be nominated for a Golden Globe was 2012’s Skyfall, which won in the category of Best Original Song for Adele’s thunderous opening title song.
Admittedly, Sam Smith’s title song for Spectre was less explosive than his predecessor Adele’s song. It was somewhat surprising to see Spectre get the nomination. Still, it’s nice to see Bond get some award show love.
The real question going forward is whether or not Smith will win the much coveted Academy Award. The synonymous categories generally carry similar nominees, but sometimes the Oscars don’t even nominate the winning Golden Globe song. This happened most recently in 2011.
Whether Spectre will earn any other nominations from the Academy is also something to speculate. The Golden Globes don’t delve deep into the technical areas of cinema, which is where a film like Spectre would shine. However, this year is stacked with visually appealing films that also received hefty critical support (*cough* Mad Max: Fury Road *cough*). We’ll just have to wait and see.
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