Last night U2 received a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. They beat out Coldplay for ”Atlas” from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Robert Lopez for ”Let It Go” from Frozen, Justin Timberlake for “Please Mr. Kennedy” from Inside Llewyn Davis and Taylor Swift for “Sweeter Than Fiction” from One Chance. All four members of U2 were present to accept the award and even better yet, all four members spoke. It was quite a delight for U2 fans watching from home.
U2 won the Golden Globe in 2003 for “The Hands That Built America” from Gangs of New York. They have been nominated three other times for Best Original Song, but did not win. In 1994 ”Stay (Faraway, So Close!)” from Wim Wenders’ Faraway, So Close! was nominated, but lost to Bruce Springsteen’s ”Streets of Philadelphia”. In 1996 “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” from Batman Forever was nominated, but lost to “Colors of the Wind” by Vanessa Williams. In 2010 their song “Winter” from Brothers was nominated but lost to “The Weary Kind” by Ryan Bingham for Crazy Heart.
It is assumed that U2’s “Ordinary Love” will also be nominated for an Academy Award. They have been nominated for an Oscar just one other time for “The Hands That Built America,” but lost Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” from 8 Mile. Will “Ordinary Love” give U2 its first Academy Award?
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