Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles is a Grammy nominee and a Tony nominee, and with her original song “If I Dare” from “Battle of the Sexes” (watch the lyric video above) she could become an Oscar nominee too. She may get three quarters of the way to EGOT nominations when the academy announces its nominations in January, but can she finally win one? Despite being a prolific awards contender she has yet to claim one of the major showbiz awards for her work.
Bareilles’s first claim to fame was as a recording artist. She had a breakthrough 10 years ago with her major label debut album, “Little Voice” (2007), which went platinum and produced the hit “Love Song,” for which she earned her first two Grammy nominations: Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal. She earned four more nominations over the next few years, including an Album of the Year bid for “The Blessed Unrest,” but even then she didn’t get to take home any hardware.
Then Broadway called. Bareilles composed the songs for the musical “Waitress” which bowed on the Great White Way in 2016 and earned her a Tony nomination for Best Original Score. That might have been her ticket to an awards stage, but that happened to be the year of “Hamilton,” which steamrolled over every other musical on the rialto that season.
This year she wrote the anthem “If I Dare” for “Battle of the Sexes,” which tells the true story of tennis star Billie Jean King, who famously played chauvinistic male player Bobby Riggs. The film has already made an impact on the awards scene, picking up nominations for Steve Carell and Emma Stone at the Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe Awards for their roles as Riggs and King, respectively. Carell earned an additional bid at the SAG Awards. So the film is certainly on the awards radar. As it stands, Bareilles is a 100/1 long shot for a nomination, but if she beats those odds, she’ll be just an Emmy nom away from the grand slam, at least in terms of nominations.
Perhaps, like past Emmy winners for songwriting, she could pen a tune for “Saturday Night Live” or compose the Tonys’ opening number. She could also write a song for a documentary and potentially get two kicks of the can, like Diane Warren‘s Oscar nominated and Emmy winning “Til it Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground.” Or she could book a mini-concert on “Today” or “Good Morning America” and take advantage of the Daytime Emmys’ recently added prize for Best Musical Performance in a Talk Show or Morning Program.
Until then, do you think she’ll be nominated for an Oscar for “If I Dare”?
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