Sara Bareilles

Original film songs stir up a wide variety of emotions

Original film songs stir up a wide variety of emotions

The Oscar race for original song has opened into a wide, varied and competitive field. Memorable empowerment anthems (“This Is Me,” “Jump,” “If I Dare”) run side-by-side with rousing calls to action (“Stand Up for Something,” “It Ain’t Fair”) and a departed rock hero’s keening tribute to those lost in genocide. There’s a layered love song with multiple meanings (“Remember Me”) and a Bacharach-esque, aching longing for days gone by (“You Shouldn’t Look at Me That Way”). And that’s without considering the several films that make up the best argument in years for the academy to hand out its long-dormant original musical trophy.

Together, they make up a remarkable bounty for fans of...

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