Today’s Oscar nominated song is Aimee Mann’s Save Me from the film Magnolia.
Ah, Magnolia… That was a weird one, wasn’t it? I watched it at the time and I liked it a lot (especially the ending) but I’ve not watched it since and it’s one where I wonder if I’d just find it pretentious now in my bitter old age. However, I still love the Magnolia soundtrack! Okay, the use of Supertramp helped a lot but I also really liked the Aimee Mann songs even though I’m very rarely a fan of the singer/songwriter thing.
I suppose I liked Mann’s voice thanks to ‘Til Tuesday’s Voices Carry (ha – I loved that video! her boyfriend was such an asshole). But, from Magnolia, I preferred Wise Up – I think it’s weird that Save Me was nominated instead of that one considering that was the one used for the movie’s big sing-along.
Phil Collins actually won the Oscar in 1999 for You’ll Be in My Heart from Tarzan. Meh – it’s okay for your typical, lame 1990’s Phil Collins song but it didn’t deserve the win. Besides Save Me, the other nominees were Music Of My Heart, Blame Canada & When She Loved Me. Okay, I admit that I don’t know Music Of My Heart but I’d choose all the others over the Collins song. And, let’s be honest, the one that most deserved to win was When She Loved Me from Toy Story 2! Come on – you know you’re all feeling tearful now just thinking about Jesse being abandoned. 😦
But Save Me deserved its nomination & I’m glad a soundtrack I really like got some recognition. Like the movie, the video was also directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. During the filming of the movie, he’d have the actors stay in place while he filmed Mann performing next to them. Yeah, I read that at Wikipedia – I thought they’d inserted her into the scenes later with special effects magic. I also love this little tidbit at Wikipedia:
“By way of introduction to a live performance, Mann has referred to Save Me as “the song that lost an Oscar to Phil Collins and his cartoon monkey love song.” Furthermore, Mann has occasionally dedicated her song to Collins in several different venues, albeit in jest.”
Haha! I’ll now forever think of Phil Collins as the “cartoon monkey love song guy”. Anyway, here’s Aimee Mann’s video for Save Me: 🙂
I loved Magnolia and watch it at least once every year.
Cool! This is a better response than the “I hate the fucking shit out of Magnolia” one… Lol! I really liked it at the time but not seen it since. But I’ve listened to the soundtrack loads! 🙂
I have the soundtrack, too. 🙂
Me too! 😉
I saw Magnolia for the first time last year. I think it was you who said I ought to see it despite Tom Cruise being in it, as I don’t much like him. I thought he was pretty damn good in this. I love this movie and I’ve already watched it at least twice again. 🙂
Ha! Was it me?? That’s very possible as I don’t really like Tom Cruise and am often like “well, I liked this movie even though Tom Cruise was in it”. 😉 Edge of Tomorrow was great! Anyway, I suppose I liked him fine in Magnolia as it was a very different sort of character for him. I’m really glad you love the movie! 🙂
I’m pretty sure it was you. Maybe we found him easier to bear because his character was a right twit? 🙂
Hahaha! Yes! Total twit. 🙂 🙂
This film is amazing. First time I knew that one was the loneliest number too.
Yep, it’s a good film! Really? It’s a pretty old song (late 60s, I think). But I think it may be one that was only a hit in America. Such a great soundtrack! 🙂
The winner should have been that song from Toy Story 2. I can’t believe that lost to Tarzan of all things. I too also really liked Magnolia and love that ending too.
Totally agree! Can’t believe the Phil Collins song beat the Toy Story 2 song. Seems a lot of people (except for one who hated it) really like Magnolia. And that ending is great. 🙂
I hate the fucking shit out of Magnolia. And Mann sounds like she couldn’t be more bitter. Boo-hoo, Phil Collins won. Get over it
Oh come on, Tom – tell us how you REALLY feel. Don’t hold back! Bwahaha! And, YAY – I see a bunch of Tom comments! Oh I’m so behind on the blogging again… 😦 🙂 😦 🙂 (Hi!) 🙂
A big raspberry to you, Tom!
Bwahaha! YEAH! A big raspberry to Tom! 😉 Although I like it when he gets all passionate about a movie like that… Lol!
great song!! use to listen to it so much back then. Have to see this movie again one of these days, it’s been waaay too long
Agreed! Not my very favorite on the soundtrack but I love the whole soundtrack overall. 🙂
Whats ur fav?
Well, that would be the Supertramp songs… 😉
Of course…. my bad 😉
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