Listen to Alan Menken’s ‘Star Spangled Man’ from ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Posted by · 7:07 pm · July 19th, 2011

When Alan Menken was tapped last year to provide an original song for Joe Johnston’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” I had no idea how that made any sense. Not that Menken isn’t able to branch out of his typical milieu, but it just didn’t really compute for this material. When I finally saw the […]

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Listen to Cee Lo Green’s ‘What Part of Forever’ from ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’

Posted by · 8:24 am · December 6th, 2010

Can you tell I’m grasping at straws with this category yet?  I’m planning on writing up this year’s Best Original Song category in Thursday’s Tech Support column and I thought I’d squeeze a few more contenders in this week, but there’s not a lot to choose from. Cee-Lo Green’s “What Part of Forever” from “The […]

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Listen to Christina Aguilera’s ‘Bound to You’ from ‘Burlesque’

Posted by · 4:03 pm · November 29th, 2010

I’ve already stated my qualified admiration for Steven Antin’s “Burlesque,” likely the only live-action musical angling for a spot in this year’s Best Original Song race. Or two spots, given that we already featured Cher’s deliriously kitsch Diane Warren power ballad “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” a couple of weeks ago. Today, it’s […]

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Listen to Owl City’s ‘To the Sky’ from ‘Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole’

Posted by · 9:51 am · November 24th, 2010

The Warner Bros. screener pack arrived yesterday afternoon and I immediately noticed an original song contender on the sleeve for Zack Snyder’s “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.” I hadn’t yet seen the film so I popped it into the player last night to see where and how the track was utilized. Owl […]

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Listen to Avril Lavigne’s ‘Alice’ from ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Posted by · 9:06 am · November 22nd, 2010

It’s slim pickings in the original song category this year. I didn’t even get around to featuring anything last week and diving back in today, I see there’s just not much to choose from. So I’ll go with Avril Lavigne’s “Alice” from Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” It’s on the furthest outskirts of contenders for […]

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Listen to Pharrell’s ‘Despicable Me’ from ‘Despicable Me’

Posted by · 8:52 am · November 12th, 2010

This track is probably a bit of a long shot in this year’s race for Best Original Song, but, well, it’s awesome. Hip-hop artist Pharrell Williams (who goes by simply “Pharrell”) contributed the original tracks to Universal’s summer animated effort “Despicable Me.” They give the film a smooth, rhythmic vibe and go a long way […]

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Listen to Cher’s ‘You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me’ from ‘Burlesque’

Posted by · 10:22 am · November 10th, 2010

Cher and the Academy Awards made for an interesting mix over 20 years ago when she took home a Best Actress Oscar for “Moonstruck.” Though it was probably her threads that grabbed more headlines the next day. This year, the singer is back in the awards mix, though for her vocal talents (which have never […]

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Listen to Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi’s ‘I See the Light’ from ‘Tangled’

Posted by · 9:20 am · November 8th, 2010

Disney always does well in the Best Original Song category and this year should be no different.  We’ve already covered Randy Newman’s latest entry from the “Toy Story” franchise but today we showcase one of the many tracks from the upcoming film “Tangled.” When I wrote up the film last month I noted that the […]

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Listen to Dido and A.R. Rahman’s ‘If I Rise’ from ‘127 Hours’

Posted by · 10:04 am · November 5th, 2010

Two years ago composer A.R. Rahman managed to sweep the music categories at the Academy Awards.  One of only two nominations “Slumdog Millionaire” didn’t translate into an Oscar was original song “O…Saya” — because the film’s other key track, “Jai Ho,” won instead. This year Rahman is back in the mix with the vibrant score […]

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Listen to Randy Newman’s ‘We Belong Together’ from ‘Toy Story 3’

Posted by · 10:16 am · October 28th, 2010

Randy Newman has been a fixture of the Pixar brand since day one.  He composed the score for 1995’s “Toy Story” and supplied the original songs, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” becoming the theme of the franchise.  After receiving 15 nominations without a win, he finally took home his Oscar in 2002 for the […]

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Listen to Jónsi’s ‘Sticks & Stones’ from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’

Posted by · 9:28 am · October 25th, 2010

As we did last year, we’re going to bring you as many of the Best Original Song contenders as we can this season in these “listen to” posts.  I’m going to aim for two or three per week, all leading up to the Best Original Song Tech Support column on December 9.  By then, we […]

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