The live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” boasts three new songs written for the film by the original composer Alan Menken, all with lyrics by Sir Tim Rice. The pair won an Oscar in 1992 for Best Song for “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin.” Can they add a bookend a quarter of a century later?
When the animated version of “Beauty and the Beast” was released in 1991, the Oscars allowed three tunes from a single film to contend for Best Song. The title track for this Best Picture nominee, with lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, won over two other tunes from the film — “Belle” and “Be Our Guest” as well as (“Everything I Do”) “I Do It For You” from “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and “When You’re Alone” from “Hook.”
Since 2009, the academy has insisted that songwriters submit only one or two of their tunes to the music branch for consideration. As Menken and Rice have crafted three new songs for this remake, they will have to leave one off the ballot. More than likely, they will favor the two tunes — “Evermore” and “How Does A Moment Last Forever” — that feature in both the film and the end credits over “Days in the Sun,” which is sung by the various household objects as they reminisce about life when they were human.
But which of the power ballads is likelier to win the Best Song Oscar?
“Evermore” comes at a pivotal moment in the story. The Beast (Dan Stevens) is bemoaning his decision to let Belle (Emma Watson) leave his castle and return to her father. As the end credits come to a close, audiences will hear Grammy winner Josh Groban and his heartbreaking rendition of this plaintive plea for love.
Fragments of “How Does A Moment Last Forever” are sung by both Belle and her father Maurice (Kevin Kline) at key points in the picture. But the whole version is not heard until the end credits start to roll. Celine Dion, who did the original version of the title track with Peabo Bryson, is backed by a 100-piece orchestra and this Canadian chanteuse soars once more.
Below, take a listen to each song and then vote in our poll. And be sure to sound off in the comments sections with your thoughts on the music and the movie.
“How Does A Moment Last Forever”