Ten days after the 2020 Oscars ceremony, it’s time to listen to all the nominated songs again, without getting out of balance or making predictions, also because never as this year there is a balance within the Best Original Song category.
I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4
If there is one person who is used to being nominated for an Oscar (in addition to Meryl Streep), it is Randy Newman, who since 1982 has obtained 17 nominations and two victories, the last of which with Toy Story 3‘s We Belong Together. It’s with Toy Story 4 and in particular for I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away, light and cheerful song but not a strong message, that the 17th nomination arrives.
(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman
Signed by Elton John and his inseparable Bernie Taupin, (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, the song surprises-both because it contains all the style, sound, and rhythm of the inimitable British singer, because unexpectedly the young Taron Egerton proved to be up to the challenge, and because the official video clip alternates scenes from the film Rocketman with archive images, making it a real tribute to Elton John’s ten-year career.
Turn the volume up and be ready to dance!
I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough
In the background of the touching story told by Breakthrough, we find the notes of I’m Standing With You written by Diane Warren, the amazing author of cinematic songs like Pearl Harbour’s There You’ll Be or Armageddon’s unforgettable I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.
Diane’s song is played by Chrissy Metz, the protagonist of the film and internationally known thanks to her role in the series This Is Us, in which we met her impressive singing skills.
“We all got time’s when we can’t be strong
When it feels like, like all hope is gone”
Into the Unknown – Frozen II
After the success of Frozen I, for which he won the Oscar in this category, Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez reconfirmed the authors of the soundtracks of the sequel Frozen II.
Even if you haven’t seen the film or never listened to the track from beginning to end, you certainly know the refrain because since the film was released the web people haven’t wasted themselves in the creation of funny memes and cartoons accompanied by the inscription “Into the unknown“.
Stand Up – Harriet
In addition to getting an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance as Harriet Tubman in the film Harriet, Cynthia Erivo also won a nomination for Stand Up.
Her voice of the young English actress and singer, capable of embracing both high and scratchy notes, as well as low and deep, is how she accompanied us in our discovery of this song, a hymn to freedom.
Can you hear freedom calling?