Sting picked up his fourth Oscar nomination this morning (his previous nominations were all for Original Song for forgettable songs from The Emperor's New Groove, Kate & Leopold and Cold Mountain). His collaborator, J. Ralph picked up his third (his previous noms were also for Original Song for his less forgettable songs from the documentaries Chasing Ice and Racing Extinction).
Consistent with both their earlier nominations, this song is both forgettable and from a documentary. There was a very brief period, possibly 10 or 12 seconds, when I thought this was a lovely ballad that might find a lasting place in film history, a la "Moon River." I was probably drunk.
The song if from The Empty Chair, a documentary about the journalist who was the first American killed by ISIS. Maybe they should have gone with Toby Keith.
Song: "The Empty Chair"