Adele vs. 'Les Miserables' battle reflects Oscars' changing taste in music

Fifteen years ago, "Suddenly" from "Les Miserables" would have been the clear frontrunner for Best Original Song at the Oscars. It's a sentimental ballad, written for a prestigious musical by its original composers, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer. And it's the only nominee from a film entirely driven by music. So why are most of our experts betting on pop superstar Adele? -Insertgroups:8- Once upon a time, a classy love theme or a crossover Disney ballad were music to the Academy's ears, but the same rules don't apply anymore. Looking back, 1999 may have been the tipping point. That was the year Phil Collins won for "You'll Be in My Heart" from "Tarzan," a typically safe choice for conservative Oscar voters, but it met with widespread criticism because of the songs it beat, including indie songwriter Aimee Mann's "Save Me" from "Magnolia," and the ...
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