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Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Lots of Big Ballads

Big choruses. Big beats. And most of all, large ballads — large craving ballads and large inspirational ballads.

That’s what you’ll discover within the 75 songs that certified on this yr’s race for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The Academy used to launch its annual record of eligible songs, however it halted that apply final yr, when it instituted a 15-film shortlist within the class for the primary time. But TheWrap obtained this yr’s record of eligible songs and listened to each considered one of them.

And whereas the songwriters and performers vary from Beyoncé to Thom Yorke, Elton John to Taylor Swift, Jackson Browne to Pharrell Williams, comparable themes and comparable sounds abound.

The first spherical of voting has ended within the class, with all 345 members of the music department given entry to three-minute clips that includes all 75 songs and invited to decide on their favorites. On Monday, a shortlist of 15 of these songs shall be launched by the Academy, together with further shortlists in eight different classes. A second spherical of voting in early January will slender these 15 to the 5 nominees.

Chances are that whereas a few favorites could also be left off the shortlist, there gained’t be many surprises exhibiting up on the record. But hope springs everlasting, which is why so many movies submit their songs for consideration yearly.

By the way in which, the record doesn’t embody plenty of songs that had been regarded as within the working, together with Regina Spektor’s “One Little Soldier” from “Bombshell,” Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey and Ariana Grande’s “Don’t Call Me Angel” from “Charlie’s Angels,” Sigrid’s “Home to You” from “The Aeronauts” or something from the music-heavy punk film “Her Smell.”

If you simply wish to see the total record of songs that did qualify, it’s on the finish of this story. But in case you’d wish to know what we thought of all of them, hold studying.

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I wouldn’t say that a lot of the Oscar music shortlist is already decided, however greater than a dozen songs positively have a leg up going into the competitors, as a result of the songs or their writers are recognized and admired by the Music Branch. Take Robert Lopez and Kristin-Anderson Lopez, who’ve already gained on this class twice within the final six years, as soon as for “Remember Me” from “Coco” and as soon as for “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” Now they’re again with “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II” — and just like the pop-culture juggernaut that was “Let It Go,” it’s an enormous booming ballad belted out by Idina Menzel. It’s additionally a barely odder composition, with a recurring motif borrowed from Scandinavian shepherd calls – but when it doesn’t obtain melodic liftoff the way in which “Let It Go” did, it’s exhausting to think about voters not embracing it anyway.

“The Lion King” has a sterling observe file on the Oscars, too, which ought to be excellent news for Beyonce, who wrote and performs the brand new music “Spirit” from this yr’s “live-action” remake. The different new music within the movie, Elton John’s “Never Too Late,” could be more true to the spirit of the unique movie, with African musician Lebo M doing vocal preparations that run via John’s infectious uptempo music. But “Spirit” is Beyonce, it soars on the proper time and it’s showcased in a putting sequence.

Besides, Elton has one other ace within the gap: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from the film about his life, “Rocketman.” The brassy uptempo rocker was written to be extra autobiographical than most of his materials, and is carried out with the film’s star, Taron Egerton.

Pharrell Williams’ music “Happy” misplaced to “Let It Go” six years in the past, and he might have one other shot on the “Frozen” franchise if voters go…

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