Assessing Academy Award Nominees for Best Song

Well it’s Academy Award night and the celebs are parading down the red carpet. Here are the nominees for Best Song:

Music (Original Song)
“Coming Home” from Country Strong Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from Tangled Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3″ Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

All songs have their merits. Randy Newman is one of my favorite all time songwriters, within and outside the movie world. But within the Toy Story series, he set the bar too high with “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and “When Somebody Loved Me.”Though neither won the Academy Award for Best Song, both will be remembered as iconic songs in film history.

Gwyneth Paltrow gives “Coming Home” Oscar buzz and perhaps makes it a sentimental favorite. “I See the Light” is beautifully performed and orchestrated, but perhaps a little reminiscent of past Disney film tunes.

“If I Rise” with Dido and composer A.R. Rahman is from the movie 127 Hours. The story is that of a mountain climber who takes desperate measures after being trapped under a boulder, and it’s a testament to the strength of the human spirit. The song is a hauntingly beautiful song that captures both the mood and spirit of the film, and gets my nod for Best Song.

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