Music and cinema have always had a somewhat symbiotic relationship. The soundtracks that accompany them can make or break the mood and gravitas of an onscreen scene, whilst some of our favourite ballads have begun their lives as the backing tracks to silver screen epics.
That’s why we always look forward to seeing the films that have been Oscar-nominated for the Best Original Song category. Ranging from magnificently melodramatic scores to songs to sing along to in the car, those chosen for this highest of honours do share one thing in common: they’re guaranteed to be great.
So, without further ado, here is our rundown of this year’s Oscar-nominated musical marvels.
Shallow from A Star is Born
From the second this track dropped, it was obvious it was going to take home the Best Original Song gong, and the accolade was entirely deserved. By the time Oscars night came around, Shallow already had a Golden Globe win under its belt, and we couldn’t imagine any other track knocking it off top spot. The melody, which came from the combined star power of Lady Gaga, her Joanne collaborator Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, was the perfect pick to spark the onscreen romance between lead characters Ally and Jack, and acts as a centrepiece for the film as a whole. What’s more, as this article from Lottoland suggests, listening to rock music can make us both happier and healthier, which explains why we can’t help but smile every time we sing along.
All the Stars from Black Panther
The breakout song from the Black Panther soundtrack, All the Stars was probably our second favourite nomination behind Shallow, and it was a truly worthy contender for the title. Featuring TDE cohorts Lamar and SZA over a beat by Sounwave and Al Shux, it helped to really set the scene for the superhero epic. Talking about the song to Rolling Stone, the rapper suggested the film was a marriage of great art and culture, and that he was truly honoured to have been able to contribute his knowledge of writing and producing and see it used to shape Marvel’s onscreen vision. Given the quality and catchiness of the track, it was unsurprising that it was also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammys, with the soundtrack additionally earning a nod for Album of the Year.
I’ll Fight from RBG
Another of our favourites from the sublime list of nominations was I’ll Fight, a song from the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG. Penned by Diane Warren and belted out by the phenomenally talented Jennifer Hudson, it not only earned recognition from the critics, but the seal of approval for the final version from Warren herself, who claimed there was no one she’d be more honoured to have singing her lyrics than Hudson – a fact evidenced by numerous previous collaborations. It’s true that the songstress’ voice works perfectly, lending power and gravitas to the embodiment of words that spoke so loudly to so many.
Tell us, if the choice were down to you, which song would have been taking home the gong come Oscars’ night?