<b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b>me, before the ocars:</b> okay I promise myself if lin does not win that award I will not overreact<p/><b>me, after the oscars:</b> <i>arE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME</i><p/></p><p/></p><p/></p><p/></p>
I knew Moana wouldn’t win for best animated feature, but damn did it deserve to win at least for Best Original Song. “How Far I’ll Go” is such a beautiful, powerful, and inspiring song about finding yourself and and breaking limits to reach your dreams and achieve what you what you meant to do in your life. Moana was a gorgeous representation of Polynesian culture, a group that sadly doesn’t get enough exposure in the media. Lin-Manuel Miranda is so talented and passionate about his work, he really put all his heart in making Moana’s songs be memorable and enjoyable. Auli'i Cravalho is a fresh new talent that we haven’t seen in a long time with a lovely voice who is so humble. She’s only 16 and achieved a lot at a young age, performing at the Oscars and not letting her nerves get the best of her while she sang her heart out in front of millions of people. Watching interviews you can see how much Moana means to her and how grateful she was to bring such a strong and determined character to life. What a shame that the Academy didn’t see how great the song was and voted it for the standard Hollywood mediocrity. La La Land might have had a few decent songs, but it wasn’t as moving as Moana. All it was is an throwback to Old Hollywood that the critics ate up. Defend it all you want. It’s the truth, plain and simple.
I know this isn’t the end of Lin-Manuel’s Oscar journey. He has many projects in development, he’s still young and will get it soon and will join the EGOT club. Just you wait.
When Lin-Manuel Miranda was a 10-year-old kid with wild daydreams of Academy Awards success, he used to boast to his mother that he was going to bring her as his Oscar date.
On Tuesday he was nominated for his first Oscar as composer of the best original song How Far I’ll Go from Disney’s Moana.
Good to his word, Miranda is already focusing on making sure his mother looks great on the red carpet.
“We gotta get my mom a dress. I’ve promised her she was coming with me to the Oscars since I was 10,” Miranda says. “Obviously the first priority, is getting my mom looking nice. I can wear any old penguin suit.” (x)
I decided to listen to the Oscar 2017-winning Best Song City of Stars to figure out what made it stand out from the rest.
….. And I don’t get it. It’s wistful, it’s poignant, it’s a love song. It’s pretty…. but it’s fairly forgettable for me IMHO.
I get that the strike against How Far I’ll Go is that it is typical of a Disney Princess song - the young woman who dreams of adventure, to strike out on their own, to go forth on their voyage of discovery - both of their own self and what’s beyond them. But it still strikes a chord - the same way we all remember Part of Your World, Belle’s Reprise, Reflections, Let It Go etc.
We all want adventure in that great wide somewhere. We look at the mirror and wonder whether it will ever reflect what we feel inside. We want to be part of that greater world.
Or, I think, this song might have been even better as a Best Song or Best Original Soundtrack altogether.
Oh welp. What’s done is done. Awards are lovely, but ultimately, the music that speaks best to all of our hearts will always stand the test of time.
For me, the thing that resonated about Moana the most was that notion of a calling, of something that you’d be doing if no one was looking. You’d be doing it if no one cared. For Moana, that’s the ocean. Every path on her island leads her back to the ocean, and it’s not that she doesn’t like where she lives. She loves her family. She loves her island. She loves her way of life. And yet there’s still this calling.
That resonated with me, as someone who was always writing, always creating and always writing songs, even though the common sense is ‘don’t go into the arts.’ They tell you - the odds are very long and if you’re Latino it’s even harder. But I just kept walking toward the water.
@DisneyMusic: See how @Lin_Manuel discovered #Moana’s inner voice in “How Far I’ll Go,” nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.