Award winning Disney song shines at the Oscars

Sonia Paulo, Staff Writer

Every year the award category of best original song stirs up excitement at the oscars. This year at the 86th annual Academy Awards, the award for best original song went to “Let It Go” from Disney’s original movie “Frozen.”

The song, originally sung by Idina Menzel, beat out other hit songs including “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “The Moon Song” from “Her,” and “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

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Kristen Andersen-Lopez and Robert Lopez, composers of the song “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” (photo credit to The Indian Express)

Idina Menzel is an American singer and songwriter who achieved fame through her broadway performances. She won a Tony Award in 2005 for acting the role of Elphaba in the broadway musical “Wicked.” Most recently she has been known for voicing Queen Elsa in Disney’s “Frozen,” and singing “Let It Go” from the soundtrack of the movie.

“I love the song,” said junior Emilie Andersson, “The song really goes hand in hand with the inspirational theme of the movie.”

The song’s overall message is to persevere through tough times, which is relevant to many high school students in the present day.

Lyrics such as “I don’t care what they’re going to say, let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway,” makes the song inspiring and relatable to many high school students, which is part of what makes the song so loved.

“To me, the song means to keep your head high, and that nothing can stop you,” said Andersson, “Personally, it means to be strong when it comes to individual problems.”

The many supporters of “Frozen” and its soundtrack made the songs a very tough competitor for the Oscar. However, some who liked the movie did not necessarily think the song itself was deserving of the award.

“I’ve been listening to the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack all week,” said junior Gigi Vlahos, “However I do not know why that song, of all songs, won the Oscar.”

Vlahos, a fan of the movie, did not think that the song “Let It Go,” deserved to win the award out of all the songs the movie featured. “Whenever someone writes a song it is original, so I don’t see why that one won,” said Vlahos.

It’s not hard to see why “Let It Go,” won the Oscar for best original song. The movie itself has gained a massive fanbase, and having a song from that movie to win the Oscar only seems fitting.