Seven 2018 Oscar-Nominated Films With Notable Soundtracks

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The 90th Academy Awards are taking place this Sunday, celebrating the best movies of 2017. As usual, these top films are accompanied by some pretty spectacular scores and soundtracks. Below is our list of favorite songs from this year's Oscar-nominees.

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The Greatest Showman - Pasek & Paul
The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Pasek & Paul

Following the success of La La Land (recipient of six Oscars at last year's ceremony), Hollywood gave us yet another delightful new musical film in the form of The Greatest Showman. Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum, the original score features compositions from the talented songwriting duo behind La La Land and the Tony award-winning Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. After winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song earlier this year, "This Is Me" is back on the ballot again for Best Song at the Academy Awards.

Coco - Various Artists
Coco (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Various Artists

Having already received the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature, Disney-Pixar's Coco is in the running to claim this award again at the Oscars. Not only does Coco tell a beautiful story celebrating Mexican culture and traditions, but it does so with the support of a vibrant original score from Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez. It's no surprise that the Golden Globe-nominated "Remember Me" has also been nominated to receive Best Original Song at the Oscars.

Beauty and the Beast - Alan Menken
Beauty and the Beast (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Alan Menken & Howard Ashman

The original Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman, was the first animated soundtrack to receive an Album of the Year Grammy nomination in 1991. While staying true to the original, Disney’s live-action retelling of this classic has been refashioned for a contemporary audience and even incorporates elements from the Broadway musical. While the movie is up for awards in costume and production design, the music should not be overlooked by any means.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - John Williams
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
John Williams

With a career spanning six decades, prolific composer John Williams has made his mark across many of the top films during his time—from Schindler's List and E.T. to Jaws and Jurassic Park, among countless others. Chief among these of course is his work writing for the little-known space opera called Star Wars. Joking aside, the most recent installment in this series is up for four Oscars this year, including Best Original Score. This will mark John Williams' 51st Academy Award nomination, making him the second-most nominated individual behind only Walt Disney with 59 nominations. And while it may be true that the music from Star Wars: The Last Jedi is just more of the same, is that really such a bad thing?

Home - Nick Jonas
Home (from Ferdinand)
Nick Jonas

Based on the popular children's book by Munro Leaf, Ferdinand tells the story of a bull who would much rather live out a peaceful, happy life than fight in bullfights. While Ferdinand will be competing with the likes of Coco for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, it did also receive a Golden Globe nomination for "Home," the lead song on the soundtrack (ultimately losing out to the aforementioned Pasek & Paul original, "This Is Me"). Written and recorded by US pop sensation Nick Jonas, "Home" is a feel good song for all ages that promotes being true to yourself with lyrics like "being me was hard enough, so being someone else was too much—all I want is something real."

Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
Mr. Blue Sky (from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
Electric Light Orchestra

The Guardians of the Galaxy returned for a sequel after an equally entertaining and absurd big screen debut in 2014. While the Marvel film is up for an award in the Visual Effects category, we find its soundtrack—which includes top hits from the 60s and 70s—to be a ton of fun. Aptly named by the main protagonist Peter Quill, Awesome Mix Vol. 2 includes songs like "Fox on the Run," "The Chain" and "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)." Most notably, however, is Electric Light Orchestra's "Mr. Blue Sky" which plays throughout the opening fight scene. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the unconventional soundtrack was the eight best-selling album in the US last year.

Mystery of Love - Sufjan Stevens
Mystery of Love (from Call Me By Your Name)
Sufjan Stevens

Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Song, the coming-of-age drama Call Me By Your Name is based on the 2007 AndrĂ© Aciman novel of the same name. The soundtrack includes three original tracks from eclectic singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. In addition to receiving an Oscar nomination, Stevens will also be performing his heartbreaking song, "Mystery of Love" live at the Oscars. Not bad for his debut into writing music for film.

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