Magazine article Variety

Songs Exhibit 'Awesome' Range

Magazine article Variety

Songs Exhibit 'Awesome' Range

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The Acad couldn't have chosen a more wide-ranging collection of tunes to vie for song honors this year.

Yet complaints persist about how the music branch goes about it. There were 79 qualified entries, and the approximately 240 branch members were sent a DVD containing all of them - more than 314 hours of clips showing each song in its original film context.

Since the DVD's menu allows for selective viewing, the question remains as to whether voters saw all the clips, especially given much-touted songs by Coldplay, Lorde, Patti Smith and others in the mix.

"EVERYTHING IS AWESOME" (1)

from The Lego Mouie" Music and lyrics by Shawn Patterson

Oscar pedigree: First nom

Performed by: Tegan & Sara

Placement in film: Emmet's favorite song, sung en route to work; later sung by robots

Artist's P.O.V.: "(The filmmakers) described the lead character to me, this happy-golucky guy who just wants to be loved and be part of a collective. I started writing lyrics about that idea. I sat at the piano bouncing back and forth for a couple of weeks. It just started falling together in phrases."

Factoid: Andy Samberg's Lonely Island troupe ("Dick in a Box") contributed the rap in the full-length end-title version.

"GLORY" (2)

from "Selma" Music and lyrics by John Stephens (Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (Common)

Oscar pedigree: First nom for both

Performed by: Legend, Common

Placement in film: Under the finale and end titles

Artist's P.O.V.: (Common) "John wrote the piano part and the chorus. I remember receiving it and feeling, 'This evokes the spirit of gospel.' It was important for me to write from a perspective of paying honor to those who came before us, but also recognizing that now is our time to take that torch and really create change."

Factoid: Legend's piano and vocal were his first and only take.

"GRATEFUL" (3)

from "Beyond the Lights" Music and lyrics by Diane Warren

Oscar pedigree: Seventh nom

Performed by: Rita Ora

Placement in film: Under finale and into end titles

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