A soulful civil rights anthem and an electro-pop sugar rush are two of the tracks up for music awards at this year's Oscars.
Common and John Legend's "Glory," from the acclaimed film "Selma," leads an unusually wide bill of contenders for best original song. The list includes Tegan and Sara's "Everything Is Awesome" (with the Lonely Island), Glen Campbell's "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me," Rita Ora's "Grateful" from "Beyond the Lights," and Danielle Brisebois and Gregg Alexander's "Lost Stars" from "Begin Again" (which was performed by Adam Levine and Keira Knightley).
In the best original score category, a few regulars like Alexandre Desplat ("The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Imitation Game") and Hans Zimmer ("Interstellar") join the indie composer Jóhann Jóhannsson for his work on "The Theory of Everything" and Gary Yerson's score for the art biopic "Mr. Turner."
Jóhannsson has momentum going into the ceremony, having won the Golden Globe for the same category last week. The same goes for Common and John Legend, whose stirring vintage soul song is the emotional heart of Ava DuVernay's film, which was widely seen as a top contender in this major category.
But don't count out Tegan and Sara. "The Lego Movie" was a blockbuster hit, grossing over $257 million domestically. The maniacally chipper song (written by Shawn Patterson and produced by Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, who also worked on the score) was a key plot point in the film. And it's certainly the one piece of film music Oscar voters were guaranteed to be singing walking out of the theater.
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