Did They Get it Right? – Best Original Song – Oscars 2004

DTGIR 2004

This is an interesting year for Oscar Best Songs which started a bit of controversy that would still continue to this day. Following this year, songs had to appear in the film itself and not just over the credits to be considered eligible and if memory serves this year’s winner wasn’t played in full at all in the movie.  It was also only the second time a non-English language song won the award.

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

  • “Accidentally in Love” – Shrek 2 • Music: Adam Duritz, Charlie Gillingham, Jim Bogios, David Immerglück, Matthew Malley and David Bryson • Lyrics: Adam Duritz and Daniel Vickrey (all of Counting Crows)

  • “Believe” – The Polar Express • Music and Lyrics: Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri

  • “Learn to Be Lonely” – The Phantom of the Opera • Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber • Lyrics: Charles Hart

  • “Vois sur ton chemin (Look to Your Path)” – The Chorus • Music: Bruno Coulais • Lyrics: Christophe Barratier

  • “Al otro lado del río” – The Motorcycle Diaries – Music and Lyrics: Jorge Drexler

Song (s) that I think should have been included in the mix: (Not sure if all really are eligible according to Oscar standards…)

  • Old Habits Die Hard – Mick Jagger (Alfie)

  • Million Voices – (Hotel Rwanda)

  • Winding Road – Bonnie Summerville (Garden State)

  • The Polar Express – Tom Hanks (The Polar Express)


My Rankings:


  • 5. – Vois sur ton chemin (Look to Your Path)
  • 4. – Learn to Be Lonely
  • 3. – Al otro lado del río
  • 2. – Believe
  • 1. – Accidentally In Love


  • 5. – The Chorus (Never Seen)
  • 4. – The Motorcycle Diaries (Never Seen)
  • 3. – Phantom of the Opera
  • 2. – The Polar Express
  • 1. – Shrek 2

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Nope. As much as I like the winner, Believe and Accidentally in Love are much better songs IMHO

Let me know what you think about these songs!

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