2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Song

Best Original Song doesn’t always go to the best bunch. Oftentimes, it’s a popularity content and this year is no different.

The La La Land songwriting team worked on The Greatest Showman, and the number “This Is Me” has certainly been the talking point as it champions diversity. The song won at the Golden Globes, and will see a nomination here.

While the song may not be any good, “Evermore,” from Beauty and the Beast, is one that’s easy to rally around.

Sufjan Stevens will be one of the more deserving of the bunch for his work on Call Me by Your Name. While he should absolutely contend for two songs, he likely will only receive note for “Mystery of Love” — the other being “Visions of Gideon.”

And it’s hard to see a world where the Coco song “Remember Me” isn’t nominated. The piece is an absolute tearjerker in the context of the film. Pixar is beloved and the film will win the Animated category, so it’s a lock here.

Finally, the rather celebrated team behind Marshall‘s “Stand Up For Something,” which includes Common, who recently won in this category, should hit that fifth spot.

But there are a few others that could find a way in. Mudbound‘s Mary J. Blige wrote “Mighty River” for the film, and she could be a double nominee if she scores in Supporting Actress as well.

And the category has, before, noted songs from critically slammed films. So the song for Fifty Shades Darker, especially with Taylor Swift behind it, could surprise some.

The 5
“Mystery of Love,” Sufjan Stevens — Call Me by Your Name
“This Is Me,” Benj Hasek, Justin Paul — The Greatest Showman
“Evermore,” Alan Menken, Tim Rice — Beauty and the Beast
“Remember Me,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez — Coco
“Stand Up For Something,” Diane Warren, Common — Marshall

Could contend
“Mighty River,” Mary J. Blige — Mudbound
“I Don’t Want to Live Forever,” Zayn, Taylor Swift — Fifty Shades Darker

 

Featured image via Sony Pictures Classics.

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