The UG Academy Awards Results: The Best Original Movie Song of 2016 Winner

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The UG Academy Awards Results: The Best Original Movie Song of 2016 Winner
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For the last 5 days you've been choosing the best movie soundtrack of 2016 and here are the final results.

5. Florence + The Machine - "Wish That You Were Here" [Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children] - 10.39% votes

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This song from the 2016 American dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton takes the 5th place in our poll.

In "Wish That You Were Here," Florence Welch finds that, counter to her expectation, she yearns for companionship. This reflects the themes of family in the film, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children." According to Rolling Stone, Florence Welch collaborated with the film's director, Tim Burton in the making of this track.

4. Justin Timberlake - "Can't Stop the Feeling!" [Trolls] - 15.88% votes

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A quite unexpected choice for the UG community, Justin Timberlake's summer hit "Can't Stop the Feeling" takes the 4th place. This song was written for the animated movie "Trolls." Timberlake also provides the voice of a grumpy-looking grey-blue troll called Branch in the Dreamworks film and is the executive producer of its soundtrack. Speaking on SiriusXM's "The Morning Mash Up" show, Timberlake explained the process of writing songs for a soundtrackis more regimented than his solo work. "When I'm making a record for myself, I don't know, I feel like I have to take advantage of the fact that it's done when I love every song," he said, Timberlake added that the "Trolls" sessions inspired him and "definitely bled over into writing a bunch of other things."

3. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - "A Minute to Breathe" [Before the Flood] 20.78% votes

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One of the UG's favorites, Trent Reznor, in collaboration with Atticus Ross takes the 3rd place. Composed for the soundtrack of the environmental documentary directed by Leonardo DiCaprio, "Before the Flood" (2016), the song explores where we stand, literally, in relation to our environment and climate change. "A Minute to Breathe" describes our worst nightmares to a dark, expertly composed electronic melody. Reznor tells us his vision, a story of an impending flood that will be of an apocalyptic scale. It is spoken of, lyrically, as if this flood is a spiritual cleansing for our planet.

2. Twenty One Pilots - "Heathens" [Suicide Squad] 23.73% votes

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That was a close one, but Twenty One Pilots weren't able to make it to the top so 'Heathens' gets only the second place which is still a pretty good result. Twenty One Pilots wrote this specifically for the "Suicide Squad" film. Tyler Joseph told Radio.com: "I met with David Ayer, the director, and he kind of showed me some ideas, and some clips [from the film]. I'd never really written a song for a movie before, so it was a new experience. Especially the part where you show the movie company the idea, and you get a 'Yes' or 'No' back. Like, whether or not you're good enough. Fo rus, we make a song, and if we like it, it goes on a record. So I was a little worried about that part. I kind of prepared myself for it to be a 'no.' We made sure that we wrote a song that would make sense for our band; it was a Twenty One Pilots song. I wasn't going to waste my time," Joseph continued. "So, they said yes, and they dug it. It seemed to fit with the theme of the movie, and also what we go for."

1. Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone - "City of Stars" [La La Land] 29.22% votes

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Well, it seems The Academy made the right choice by nominating this masterpiece. City of Stars from the critically acclaimed musical film La La Land takes the well-deserved first place.

This song was composed and orchestrated by Justin Hurwitz with lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for the 2016 Damien Chazelle-directed musical film "La La Land." The movie tells the story of aspiring artist Mia played by Emma Stone and jazz obsessive Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling, who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. Ryan Gosling can't whistle, so that's Justin Hurwitz you hear whistling during this song.

Enjoy the official Oscar ceremony today and thanks for participating in the UG Academy Awards!

14 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Eifler121
    Thank God Twenty One Pilots didn't win.
    just_henry
    Not exactly my idea of a good listen, but I can see how others like them. What I mean to say is that they're a lot better than most other pop out there.
    Eifler121
    I feel that they are just pop, but they're bad at it, so they dress like scene kids and promote themselves as a "rock" band.
    Humr
    When did they ever promote themselves as a rock band? I don't like them, but if you're going to hate on them at least choose a real reason, not the usual stuck-up rock fan conspiracy theory.
    Eifler121
    I mean... I don't know how to answer the first question. They constantly promote themselves as a rock band. I have several reasons, that statement was just a response to the other commenter. They're a straight trash band, I'm just trying to save everyone's time by not writing a dissertation about it.
    Floyd Phoenix
    Breaking: UG announces Moonlight is actual winner of best original movie song, not City of Stars, is unsure of how mix-up happened
    Funnyname99
    Eh? La La What now? is this some sort of fad?
    Eifler121
    It's a really good, pleasant movie. You can't go in there with a macho attitude and expect a serious tone. It is a musical, but I felt more of a Disney movie or old Hollywood musical, where the songs felt natural to the environment, rather than a Broadway or Broadway adaptation musical.
    Funnyname99
    Don't worry; if you want a decent musical, try "The Slipper and the Rose", a 70's classic with Richard Chamberlain and Gemma Craven... It manages to tell a Cinderella story, but without any of the Disney faff Hollywooding it up. It's not all about the Macho... Just maybe dragging your heels a bit whenever Pop-culture decides something is "the must see" without ever justifying why you should care
    Humr
    Wow, you being ignorant about current culture is so cool! I'm a guy, but please, have my babies anyway!
    Humr
    wait, not have my babies, I want to have your babies. You struck me so hard I got it mixed up.
    Funnyname99
    You're real edgy, - you just called out someone who was trying to be ironic and made damned well sure that everyone knew you were policing the internet like a real hero. Shit, I like you; you can come round my house and fuck my sister.