I concluded Best November ever and other monthly meta
with "I have two entries planned, both about awards show nominations." I may end up having more, so follow along.
For the first post, I repeat the theme of Zombies and Grammys
and write about the Grammy nominees honoring music for visual media and visual media about music at the 58th Grammy Awards. Here are the nominees in these categories from Billboard
along with my comments.
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
• Empire: Season 1
• Fifty Shades Of Grey
• Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
[Big Machine Records]
• Pitch Perfect 2
[Universal Music Enterprises/Republic Records]
[Paramount Pictures/Pathé Productions]
None of these comes from media that fit the primary entertainment theme here of collapse and decline in the context of speculative fiction. The closest is "Fifty Shades Of Grey
," which is glorified "Twilight" fanfiction, making it a derivative of urban fantasy with much more sex and none of the supernatural elements. Sorry, not good enough, in more ways than one. I suspect the music is the best thing about the movie, a point I'll return to later. Instead, I'll have to look at this list from the perspectives of politics and crime.
For politics, I pick "Selma
. It's not about collapse and decline, but about progress through struggle. I'm OK with that. I can't be all DOOM all the time, and leavening the bad news with some hope fits the theme of this blog, too.
For crime, I'll stretch and consider "Empire." That was a big hit at the Teen Choice Awards
and got some nominations at the Critics Choice Awards
. The show itself is about the music business, but the previews for this season keep mentioning an FBI investigation, so I'm shoehorning it into crime and injustice. As for its prospects of winning, I'm not optimistic. It's the only TV show nominated and movies usually win in these categories.
Speaking of movies, the nominee I'd pick as the favorite would be "Selma" based on the strength of "Glory," which won the award for best song at the Golden Globes and Oscars, it should be the favorite for the hat trick at the Grammys. That would put it in the same league as "Skyfall
," which also pulled off the trifecta.
Follow over the jump for more about the music from "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "Glory," along with other movies.