18 April 2024
Entertainment Music

9 Musicians Who Play a Position in This 12 months’s Oscars

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Many musicians seem in Martin Scorsese’s grand “Killers of the Flower Moon,” together with Jason Isbell, Pete Yorn, Charlie Musselwhite and Jack White. The nation singer Sturgill Simpson — who channels Waylon Jennings on this standout from his 2014 album “Metamodern Sounds in Nation Music” — additionally steals a couple of scenes as a bootlegger named Henry Grammer.

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One other notable film snubbed this yr was Wes Anderson’s dizzyingly meta “Asteroid Metropolis,” for which the Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker wrote this haunting, country-influenced ballad that performs over the closing credit. Nonetheless, this observe makes it onto the playlist on a technicality: Anderson’s pleasant 39-minute Roald Dahl adaptation “The Fantastic Story of Henry Sugar” is nominated for finest live-action quick movie, and Cocker makes a quick cameo as a concierge.

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One nominee within the animated quick class options two very acquainted names: “Conflict Is Over! Impressed by the Music of John & Yoko,” an 11-minute movie with a pacifist message. (It was directed by the Pixar alum Dave Mullins and government produced by Sean Ono Lennon.) It’s not precisely the suitable season for the Christmas basic talked about within the quick’s title, so right here’s a extra perennial tune.

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The “Stranger Issues” actress Maya Hawke appeared in a number of movies final yr, together with “Asteroid Metropolis” and the Oscar-nominated “Maestro,” during which she performs Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie. She additionally discovered the time to file “Chaos Angel,” her forthcoming third album as a folksy singer-songwriter; this just lately launched lead single is catchy and wryly conversational.

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The bandleader and musician Jon Batiste’s busy skilled life and relationship along with his spouse, Suleika Jaouad, are chronicled within the Netflix documentary “American Symphony,” for which he wrote this sparse, plaintive piano ballad, nominated this yr for finest unique tune.

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Right here’s a two-for-the-price-of-one nearer: a 2018 “A Star Is Born” ballad carried out by the “Maestro” filmmaker and star Bradley Cooper, and written by Isbell. Possibly it’s time to let the previous methods die … and eventually give Cooper an Oscar? Oscar prognosticators don’t suppose it’s going to occur this yr, however as a superfan of his “Star” remake and its soundtrack, I definitely hope it does sometime.