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As the Jan. 12 deadline for
Oscar nominations voting approaches, expect songs from socially conscious-oriented films and entries from past winners to dominate the best original song category.
This year, 70 tunes are in consideration, down from 91 songs last year. To be eligible, the work must be written specifically for the film and used within the movie or as the first end-title song. Billboard spoke with two Oscar voters, identified as Voter One and Voter Two, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, about what voters may be looking for when it comes to marking their ballots.
"Since Common and John Legend won for [2014's] Selma, there's now an expectation that there's a slot for a song about civil rights or a political song," says Voter One.
"It doesn't hurt to have a song that says something and that resonates in this day and time," agrees Voter Two.
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Source : https://www.billboard.com/articles/events/oscars/8093234/oscar-song-year-contenders