“No Time to Die” from the film of the same name became the third song from a James Bond film to win the Golden Globe for best original song on Sunday (Jan. 9), putting it one step closer to an Oscar nomination and perhaps win. Billie Eilish co-wrote the song with her brother and chief collaborator, Finneas O’Connell, for the long-delayed, but ultimately successful, MGM/United Artists Releasing film.
Hans Zimmer’s Dune (Warner Bros.) won the Globe for best original score. It’s Zimmer’s third win in the category, following The Lion King (1994) and Gladiator (2000). He went on to win the Oscar for The Lion King, though his Gladiator score lost the Oscar to Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
The Globes are normally one of the top-rated (and most entertaining) award shows, but NBC declined to air the show this year in reaction to allegations of financial and ethical lapses and a problems with diversity among its members (including not one Black member), first reported a year ago in The Los Angeles Times. The organization has since overhauled its bylaws and taken steps to diversify its membership, but many power brokers in the entertainment industry are boycotting the awards until they are satisfied that the changes are real and permanent.
This year’s Golden Globes were presented at a private event without any celebrities or nominees present, and without a livestream. They were announced with little fanfare on the the organization’s website and social media. So this year’s Golden Globe Awards don’t mean much – except as a possible predictor of how the Oscars may go. The Globes have been a fairly reliable predictor of future Oscar glory.
Six of the last 10 Globe winners for best original song went on to win the Oscar – “Skyfall” from the film of the same name, “Glory” from Selma, “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre, “City of Stars” from La La Land, “Shallow from A Star Is Born and “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman.
Seven of the last 10 Globe winners for best original score went on to win the Oscar – The Artist, Life of Pi, The Hateful Eight, La La Land, The Shape of Water, Joker and Soul.
“No Time to Die” appears to be the front-runner to win the Oscar for best original song. It won a Grammy in March 2021 for best song written for visual media and an award for song – feature film from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards on Nov. 17.
Dune was nominated for original score — feature film at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, but lost to Nicholas Britell‘s score for Don’t Look Up, which was passed over in the Globe nods.
Zimmer is one of six composers to win three or more Globes for best original score. Maurice Jarre, Dimitri Tiomkin and John Williams lead with four wins each. Alan Menken and Ennio Morricone also won three times.
Oscar nominations will be announced on Feb. 8. The awards will be revealed on March 27.
The other nominees for the Globe for best original song were “Be Alive” from King Richard (Warner Bros.) — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson; “Dos Orugitas” from Encanto (Walt Disney Pictures) — Lin-Manuel Miranda; “Down to Joy” from Belfast (Focus Features) — Van Morrison and “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from Respect (MGM/United Artists Releasing) — Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King.
The other nominees for the Globe for best original score were The French Dispatch (Searchlight Pictures) — Alexandre Desplat, Encanto (Walt Disney Pictures) — Germaine Franco, The Power of the Dog (Netflix) — Jonny Greenwood, and Parallel Mothers (Sony Pictures Classic) — Alberto Iglesias.
In related categories, Steven Spielberg’s new version of West Side Story won best motion picture, musical or comedy. In addition, Rachel Zegler won best actress in a motion picture musical or comedy for her playing Maria in that film, which was her motion picture debut. Ariana Debose won best supporting actress in a motion picture for playing Anita. Rita Moreno won a Globe and an Oscar for playing that role in the original 1961 film classic.