This year, there’s even a song called “Remember Me”. Is it even possible to forget it? Let’s take a look at that and the other Oscar nominees for Best Original Song:
Mudbound – Mary J. Blige plays one of the characters in Dee Rees’s powerful film and not surprisingly she also sings its anthem, “Mighty River”, written by her and Raphael Saadiq. It flows over you like a tsunami.
Marshall – Andra Day and Common perform “Stand Up for Something”, written by Day and Oscar veteran Diane Warren. Not bad, but the lyrics are perhaps a little too uninspired and expected for this movie.
Call Me by Your Name – Sufjan Stevens wrote the music score for this wonderful film and it is one of the ingredients that really give it its flavor. The song “Mystery of Love” summarizes the score in a lovely way.
Coco – I’m not a fan of Miguel singing “Remember Me” in this clip; simply put, it fails to capture the magic on display in the film. Still, it’s the song itself, written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, that matters. And, yes, it does stick.
The Greatest Showman – “This Is Me” is the breakout song from this muscular musical. Written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, the song is performed by Keala Settle and is likely the only Oscar-nominated tune to be performed by a bearded lady.
In all honesty, I like all of these songs. This year’s field is unusually good – and it’s hard to say which one will take home the Oscar. The odds seem to favor “Remember Me”. I’ll tell you in a week if that’s still my guess.