Oscars 2021: Best Original Song Predictions

The music branch of the Academy often leans into pop stars in this category, partly because the members want to see stars like last year’s winner, Elton John for “Rocketman,” sing their original songs on the Oscar stage.

But that may not be possible in this pandemic year.

Voters also go for hit songs from Disney animated musicals, like Idina Menzel’s Oscar-winning “Let It Go” juggernaut from “Frozen.″This year’s animation entries include “Rocket to the Moon,” from veteran Disney animator Glen Keane’s “Over the Moon” (Netflix), and “Just Sing” from “Trolls: World Tour,” Justin Timberlake’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from 2016’s “Trolls.” Joining him in this year’s pop star contingent is eight-time Grammy nominee Janelle Monáe.This year’s current frontrunner is “Hamilton” Tony and Grammy winner and rookie Oscar contender Leslie Odom, Jr., who could follow Cynthia Erivo

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