1994 Kitaro’s score for 'Heaven & Earth’ won as Best Original Score, beating John Williams’s score for 'Schindler’s List.’ Kitaro, a new age artist from Japan, evidently has fans in the foreign press (which votes on the Globes). His score wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar.
Alex Ebert’s score for the box-office flop 'All Is Lost’ won as Best Original Score, beating Steven Price’s score for the blockbuster 'Gravity.’ Price’s score went on to win the Oscar. Ebert’s score wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar.
2012 Madonna’s “Masterpiece” from 'W.E.’ won as Best Original Song. The classy pop ballad wasn’t eligible for an Oscar since it wasn’t featured either in the body of the film or as the first song in the closing credits. Oscar voters instead selected “Man or Muppet” from 'The Muppets.’
2009 Bruce Springsteen won his second Golden Globe for “The Wrestler” from the movie of the same name. (He had won 15 years earlier for “Streets of Philadelphia,” which went on to win the Oscar.) “The Wrestler” didn’t even receive an Oscar nom. Oscar voters instead selected “Jai Ho” from 'Slumdog Millionaire,’ which became a top 15 hit.
2008 Eddie Vedder’s moody “Guaranteed” from 'Into the Wild’ won as Best Original Song. It wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar. Oscar voters opted for “Falling Slowly” from 'Once,’ which has become one of the most frequently covered movie songs of the past decade.
1999 The operatic “The Prayer” from 'Quest for Camelot’ won as Best Original Song, beating “When You Believe” from 'The Prince of Egypt.’ “The Prayer,” which was sung on the soundtrack by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, is a first-rate song, but “When You Believe” by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey was a much bigger hit. It went on to win the Oscar.
2003 U2’s “The Hands That Built America” from 'Gangs of New York’ won as Best Original Song. It beat Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” from '8 Mile,’ which was one of the five longest-running #1 hits of the 2000s. The Globes loss may help explain why Eminem decided to skip the Oscars. Big mistake: “Lose Yourself” became the first hip-hop song to win an Oscar.
Vangelis’ home base in London was convenient during the post production of Blade Runner, as it allowed film director Ridley Scott to visit Vangelis at his studio in the evenings, whenever he was in the city. This gave both artists an opportunity to discuss the progress of the film and the musical score. Sometimes, Ridley would listen to Vangelis performing his latest works live as they watched the film on a video screen.