Best Original Song Comes Down to Broadway Versus Pop

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The Oscars are just days away. And yet, this year, it feels like a lot of races are on hold. Pundits and fans alike have their theories on who could win some of the major categories. But in many cases, two serious contenders seem to be locked in an Oscar stalemate. Take Best Original Song, for example, which will likely give Oscar voters a choice between the Broadway-inspired song Encanto or the distinctive voice of pop singer Billie Eilish.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Billie Eilish | MICHAEL TRAN/AFP, Rich Fury

Why Billie Eilish Could Win an Oscar for ‘No Time to Die’

As the 2022 Oscars approached, Eilish remained a major focus. This is partly because the James Bond film no time to die released much later than expected due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. After all, Eilish’s song was released in early 2020 before the film’s original release date. So fans have had plenty of time to consider his Oscar chances. Even now, with everyone joining the race, Eilish and her brother/co-writer Finneas O’Connell have a good chance of winning.

The two previous Bond themes – Adele’s “Skyfall” and Sam Smith’s “The Writing’s on the Wall” Spectrum – won the Oscars. And given Eilish’s popularity, “No Time to Die” could easily be Bond’s third straight song to win Oscar gold. Besides, no time to die is Daniel Craig’s final turn as James Bond. So the film’s overall notoriety and box office success means almost every Oscar voter will also know Eilish’s song.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda May Have An Advantage With Disney’s ‘Encanto’

Of course, Eilish has to defeat Disney first. Encanto. The studio has a long history of winning the Best Original Song category, as it did many times in the 1990s during the Disney Renaissance. And Encanto turned out to be a cultural phenomenon of Frozen proportions thanks to its catchy soundtrack. Even though the hit tracks “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and “Surface Pressure” weren’t nominated for an Oscar, the movie has been everywhere for months.

Instead, the Encanto The team submitted “Dos Oruguitas” for the Oscar. At first, the song may seem less likely to win than the other songs in the movie. But he plays a vital role in the history and history of the Madrigal family. As such, it’s not an Oscar that voters are likely to forget even if it doesn’t get stuck in their heads. Also, many want to see composer Lin-Manuel Miranda win an Oscar. Encanto might be the academy’s best chance yet to do so.

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Could Billie Eilish and Lin-Manuel Miranda lose to any of these artists?

Of course, Miranda and Eilish aren’t the only artists in the Best Original Song category. Maybe their songs Encanto and no time to die will fall prey to one of the black horses in the race. After all, Beyoncé is nominated for her song “Be Alive” from King Richard. And while the song isn’t as well-known, it’s the iconic singers’ first nomination. And Oscar voters might not be able to resist giving “Queen Bey” an Academy Award.

Then there’s “Somehow You Do” by four good days. The track is performed by Reba McEntire with music and lyrics by Diane Warren. This year marks Warren’s 13th Oscar nomination since 1988 without a win. Maybe the academy will eventually give in and give it to him for this song. Or maybe Van Morrison’s “Down to Joy” in Belfast will be the sentimental favourite. With Eilish and Miranda the favorites, this race is all but over.

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