“I’m just thrilled to be nominated and to be there and be witness to it all,” Sufjan Stevens
in a recent interview, expressing gratitude for his Oscar nod for “Mystery of Love,” one of the two original songs he wrote for “Call Me By Your Name
.” In taking a happy-just-to-be-there stance, Stevens may be being magnanimous — or just realistic, given how historically impervious Academy voters have proven to indie-rock over the years, especially in the final voting stretch.
Only once, or “Once,” has the Academy awarded Best Song to an artist who might be considered to have come from the indie-rock realm, when Glen Hansard
and Marketa Irglova, who formerly shared space in the band the Frames
, won a decade ago for “Falling Slowly.” Some might consider their genre to be more in the realm of adult alternative or Americana
, but at least they were artists signed to an indie label,