‘Begin Again’ and “Lost Stars” are the First Official Push for Awards Season

"Begin Again" Soundtrack

beginagain_imageYou can call it “Christmas come early” or “Christmas in July” but today marked the first official piece of awards season material received by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.  If you follow the site during awards season (which you obviously do), as a member of the BFCA, and other organizations, I keep a log of all awards material received during the year via the FYC Tracker.  An official soundtrack to John Carney’s Begin Again, the film that stars Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, was received today with an emphasis on the hit song “Lost Stars” for Best Original Song.

Written by Adam Levine (lead singer of Maroon 5) and Gregg Alexander (former front man for New Radicals), the song has made its rounds all summer long.  The Weinstein Company feels very confident at the moment that this could follow the same route that earned Carney’s Once the Oscar for Best Original Song.  While “Falling Slowly” benefited immensely from near universal praise from critics, “Lost Stars” has power behind it and I’m sure in the film’s context, is just as enjoyable.

I’m ashamed to admit that I still have not seen the acclaimed film, which holds an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes, but will be working diligently to see it shortly.  The film debuted at the Toronto Film Festival last September under its former name “Can A Song Save Your Life?”

In no way am I prepared to build and launch the FYC Tracker but it’s interesting to see that the Weinstein Company has up their sleeves for this one.  

What do you think of the chances of Begin Again at the Oscars?