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The 2019 best original song contenders playlist

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The 2019 best original song contenders playlist

Really, some of the best on-screen musical work this year came in movies re-imagining established songs (such as the creative, transformative approaches in “Yesterday” and “Rocketman,” not to mention “The Lion King,” “Aladdin” and “Cats”) — a strong argument, perhaps, for reinstating the adaptation score/song score award?

In the meantime, here’s a hand-curated playlist of some of the notable original songs from movies this year, some of which seem ticketed for Oscar consideration. You’re welcome

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Randy Newman seeks his 1,000,000th Oscar nomination with this jaunty “Toy Story 4″ song with a surprisingly serious theme

Without a big, live-action musical to drive the original-song conversation (see “A Star Is Born,” “The Greatest Showman,” “La La Land,” etc.), it looks as if a big, animated one has drawn the task.

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Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s suite of character songs for “Frozen 2” includes two strong contenders for nominations, with several others worthy of consideration. Apart from the haunting lullaby “All Is Found,” the stirring “Into the Unknown” (the spiritual sequel to the first film’s Oscar-winning smash, “Let It Go”) may be the current front-runner and gives Adele Dazeem , er, Idina Menzel another shot at a memorable Oscar-night performance. If voters are thinking about the ceremony, though, there happen to be contenders performed by fairly popular stars such as Elton John, Cynthia Erivo and Beyoncé out there — and a chance for rising star Jessie Buckley to take the stage with a song co-written by Oscar-winning actress Mary Steenburgen.

Really, some of the best on-screen musical work this year came in movies re-imagining established songs (such as the creative, transformative approaches in “Yesterday” and “Rocketman,” not to mention “The Lion King,” “Aladdin” and “Cats”) — a strong argument, perhaps, for reinstating the adaptation score/song score award?

In the meantime, here’s a hand-curated playlist of some of the notable original songs from movies this year, some of which seem ticketed for Oscar consideration. You’re welcome

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Randy Newman seeks his 1,000,000th Oscar nomination with this jaunty “Toy Story 4″ song with a surprisingly serious theme.

Advertisement “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” (from “Toy Story 4,” Randy Newman)

Newman is a 20-time nominee and two-time winner, so don’t ever bet against him getting a nod. This time, there’s a surprisingly serious message couched in a jaunty tune for kids.

Jonathan Groff has a moment when he’s “Lost in the Woods” in the Disney film, “Frozen II.” Advertisement “Lost in the Woods” (from “Frozen 2,” Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez)

David Foster may demand a DNA test on this one, a spot-on ‘80s power ballad featuring 18 tracks of Jonathan Groff. To get the full impact, though, one must see the ‘80s music video, er, sequence in the film

Two-time Oscar winner A.R. Rahman contributes this English-Hindi love song to the Bruce Springsteen-inspired “Blinded by the Light.” “For You My Love (O Bandeya)” (from “Blinded by the Light,” A.R. Rahman)

Perhaps the sweetest movie love song of the year is by two-time Oscar winner Rahman. It’s a half-English, half-Hindi outlier on a soundtrack otherwise populated by Bruce Springsteen songs — the closest Bruce analog would be a mix of “Drive All Night,” “Secret Garden” and something from Bollywood

Beyoncé in human (or superhuman) form, performing “Spirit,” the song she co-wrote for the live action “Lion King.” “Spirit” (from “The Lion King,” Ilya Salmanzadeh, Labrinth and Beyonc&eacute😉

A rousing tune by some up-and-comer named Beyoncé. Not that voters ever think of such things, but imagine the stage spectacle Queen Bey might bring to the Dolby Theatre (and what ratings her hive might buzz up)

The legendary Wynton Marsalis re-arranges Thom Yorke’s song into one that sounds right pouring from the horn of “Motherless Brooklyn’s” Miles Davis doppelganger. “Daily Battles” (from “Motherless Brooklyn,” Thom Yorke / arranged by Wynton Marsalis)

Marsalis rearranges Yorke’s character-based song into something that sounds right pouring from the horn of “Motherless Brooklyn’s” Miles Davis doppelgänger

Jessie Buckley sings a song written for “Wild Rose” by Oscar-winning actress Mary Steenburgen. “Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” (from “Wild Rose,” Caitlyn Smith , Mary Steenburgen, Kate York)

Rising star Jessie Buckley’s lovely vocals are featured throughout this chronicle of a young Scottish woman trying to make it as a country singer in America. What may surprise is that the movie’s signature song is co-written by Oscar-winning actress Mary Steenburgen. If Steenburgen won, it would mark a 39-year gap between awards (she collected a supporting-actress prize for 1981’s “Melvin and Howard”)

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