‘I’m Going Down’ diva Mary J. Blige may have been bested by fellow music monarch Madonna for ‘Best Original Song’ at the Golden Globes this year, but there was hope yet as, unlike Madge, Blige had been shortlisted for a potential Academy Award nomination. Her song, ‘The Living Proof’, was a fan and critic favorite of the year and accompanied an equally moving and critically acclaimed movie ‘The Help’.
Despite insiders thinking she was a shoo-in for at least a nod, the Academy stunned spectators when it unveiled only 2 mentions for the ‘Best Original Song’ category. Much to the surprise of many, Mary was not one of them.
Taking to Twitter to express her grief about the snub, see the ‘Share My World’ singer share her thoughts below:
Ourselves included, the Academy’s decision to exclude many of the year’s biggest soundtrack hits has left many-a-scratched head. Blige joins Elton John, Lady Gaga, and Madonna (even though she was technically never in the running), as some of 2011’s frontrunners for songs from films. Yet, none of these names appear on the official nominations ballot of the 39 songs that were shortlisted.
In related news, as reported here, the diva co-hosted the Regis-less ‘Live With Kelly’ with Kelly Ripa. Also taking the stage to perform the omitted hit ‘The Living Proof’, see the action below: