Music at The Oscars: Predictions For Best Original Song

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At the 2017 Oscars, the nominees for best original song include tunes from "La La Land," "Trolls," "Jim: The James Foley Story," and "Moana."
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When the 89th Annual Academy Awards take place this Sunday, it likely won't fall subject to last year's critique on the lack of diverse nominees, which led to the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag controversy.

This year's picks represent all kinds of unique, individual stories — seven of the 20 acting nominees are people of color, from films like "Moonlight," "Fences," and "Lion." And Melissa Locker, culture reporter for TIME, The Guardian, and The Takeaway, says the inclusiveness extends into the Best Original Song category.

While "La La Land's" potential dominance extends into Best Original Song with nominations for two different songs written by Justin Hurwitz, she says it's anyone's game in this category. Other nominees include songs performed by Justin Timberlake for “Trolls,” performed by Sting for “Jim: The James Foley Story,” and written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for “Moana.”

Here, Locker offers her analysis of these film tunes, and predicts which song could take home an Oscar.