The 86th Annual Academy Awards will air on March 2, and will be hosted by the ever hilarious and avid music lover, Ellen DeGeneres.
While the event predominantly celebrates achievements in film, extraordinary film and music teams are also recognized for their collaborations with two categories: Original Song, and Original Score.
The nominees, as we mentioned several weeks ago, include some of music’s most distinguished composers and progressive songwriters, such as John Williams, Thomas Newman, U2, Pharrell, and Karen O. Although, if you’re not familiar with some of the prospective winners, then stay tuned to MSC over the next few days for all the details, and make your predictions on our Oscars poll!
To get you pumped as we are, each day leading up to the big night we’ll post pieces on one of the nominees in each music category, and Sunday we’ll reveal everyone’s predictions before the show! Today’s lunchtime Original Song nominee is “Let It Go” from Frozen!
“Let It Go” from Frozen
Music & Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
If you have children, or you’re just young at heart, then you’re probably already familiar with the Lopezes, as their last Disney collaboration--Winnie the Pooh (2011)--is arguably as memorable as their Frozen soundtrack. The power-couple have been together since 2003 and have two young children from which to draw inspiration for their uplifting and heartfelt tunes.
Again in the family film category, Disney’s Frozen tells the tale of ice-princess sisters Elsa and Anna, and is ultimately a story encouraging individuality and appreciating idiosyncrasies. Initially, the film received a flood of commentary as Elsa is -- apparently -- the first Disney princess to be truly an “independent woman.” That is, her character is driven not by love or superficial lust, but instead by the bonds of family.
The film’s powerful narrative is accompanied by its blockbuster score and break-out single “Let It Go.” The track is so strong that it’s catapulted the soundtrack to No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the first animated film since Curious George in 2006 to earn the title. The success of “Let It Go” has also reportedly prompted Disney to release the album on limited edition vinyl, and potentially take the film to Broadway.
As Billboard points out, “the well-reviewed film (which has an 89% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes), was the second-highest grossing movie at the U.S. and Canada box office over the Dec.13-15 weekend and has earned $164.8 million to date, according to Box Office Mojo.”
Oh! And the film’s music supervisor, Tom MacDougall, is also SVP of Music for Pixar & Walt Disney Animation, which basically means we think “Let It Go” is one of this year’s biggest contenders!