Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” for Best Original Song, Furious 7

When a song that was number one on the Billboard charts for three months straight just happens to be from a movie, and that song just happens to encompass the most emotional part of the movie, and that movie grossed almost $2 billion, you probably expect an Oscar nomination. Alas, it wasn’t to be for Wiz Khalifa. Of note, the last hip hop song to be number one for that long, “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, won this award.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The year’s highest grossing film got fives nominations—Best Score, Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Visual Effects—but that’s certainly no sweep of the technical awards (No Costume? Production Design?) and no Best Picture. It was a super long shot for the top category, but when you’re approaching $900 million domestic with 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, it feels like it could have been in there, especially for one big reason.


When the Academy bumped the potential number of Best Picture nominees to 10 in 2009, it was largely believed to allow for popular hits like this (and The Dark Knight, at the time) to get a nomination. In theory, having movies people actually saw and liked get nominated would then get new viewers interested in the awards. Since then though, it’s rarely been used for that. This year, the same argument could be made for mega financial and critical hit, Inside Out. Either one getting a nomination would have not only been worthy (Inside Out did get Original Screenplay and Animated Film) but helped bring more casual viewers to the broadcast.

The 88th Annual Academy Award airs February 28.

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