The UG Academy Awards Shortlist: Vote For the Best Original Movie Song of 2016

5 songs remain. But only one will be called the best.

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The UG Academy Awards Shortlist: Vote For the Best Original Movie Song of 2016

For the last two days you've been voting for your favorite songs and now, it all comes down to this. 5 songs for you to choose from. 2 of them are in the actual Oscar shortilst so it appears they do have a taste in music after all. Anyway, listen to all of them, and then, choose one that deserves to be called the Best Movie Soundtrack of 2016 in the poll below! The poll closes on Saturday, 11:59 PM PST. May the best song win!

Florence + The Machine - "Wish That You Were Here" [Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children]

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In "Wish That You Were Here," Florence Welch finds that, counter to her expectation, she yearns for companionship. This reflects the themes of family in the film, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children." According to Rolling Stone, Florence Welch collaborated with the film's director, Tim Burton in the making of this track.

Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone - "City of Stars" [La La Land]

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This song was composed and orchestrated by Justin Hurwitz with lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for the 2016 Damien Chazelle-directed musical film "La La Land." The movie tells the story of aspiring artist Mia played by Emma Stone and jazz obsessive Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling, who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. Ryan Gosling can't whistle, so that's Justin Hurwitz you hear whistling during this song.

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - "A Minute to Breathe" [Before the Flood]

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Composed for the soundtrack of the environmental documentary directed by Leonardo DiCaprio, "Before the Flood" (2016), the song explores where we stand, literally, in relation to our environment and climate change. "A Minute to Breathe" describes our worst nightmares to a dark, expertly composed electronic melody. Reznor tells us his vision, a story of an impending flood that will be of an apocalyptic scale. It is spoken of, lyrically, as if this flood is a spiritual cleansing for our planet.

Twenty One Pilots - "Heathens" [Suicide Squad]

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Twenty One Pilots wrote this specifically for the "Suicide Squad" film. Tyler Joseph told "I met with David Ayer, the director, and he kind of showed me some ideas, and some clips [from the film]. I'd never really written a song for a movie before, so it was a new experience. Especially the part where you show the movie company the idea, and you get a 'Yes' or 'No' back. Like, whether or not you're good enough. Fo rus, we make a song, and if we like it, it goes on a record. So I was a little worried about  that part. I kind of prepared myself for it to be a 'no.' We made sure that we wrote a song that would make sense for our band; it was a Twenty One Pilots song. I wasn't going to waste my time," Joseph continued. "So, they said yes, and they dug it. It seemed to fit with the theme of the movie, and also what we go for."

Justin Timberlake - "Can't Stop the Feeling!" [Trolls]

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The song was written for the animated movie "Trolls." Timberlake also provides the voice of a grumpy-looking grey-blue troll called Branch in the Dreamworks film and is the executive producer of its soundtrack. Speaking on SiriusXM's "The Morning Mash Up" show, Timberlake explained the process of writing songs for a soundtrackis more regimented than his solo work. "When I'm making a record for myself, I don't know, I feel like I have to take advantage of the fact that it's done when I love every song," he said, Timberlake added that the "Trolls" sessions inspired him and "definitely bled over into writing a bunch of other things."

15 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Baby Joel
    really tough choice between florence and reznor. had to go with reznor in the end
    Wrong choice, Trent is the nostalgic vote. He was amazing on The Social Network but Florence is in a league of her own. Hands down the best female singer in the modern era
    For me its Heathens. Im in the minority where i havent actually seen SQ, so i found this song when it came on the radio at work one night so i just listened. My first thought was "This sounds creepy, and dark... i love it" and since then ive been playing it on repeat a ton.
    For me, the song that stands out the most is A Minute to Breathe - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. Interesting chord progression and orchestration, nice build-up, heartbreaking lyrics, it's the kind of song I would like to write.
    reznor of course also i didnt know that heathens was special for suicide squad but it makes so much sense now
    i went with 21 pilots but i love trent reznor of NINE INCH NAILS and I like florence the machine. So I just picked 21 pilots. ANYTHING BETTER THEN JUSTIN Timerlake