Song of the Day #4,994: ‘Tonight’ – Rachel Zegler and Ansel Elgort

Continuing my recap of the 2021 movie year, this week I will present my personal nominees and winners for Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress. I have now caught up with almost every movie on my watchlist, so I’m pretty confident these lists won’t change.

Before I start, I’d like to shout out a couple of additional musical movie moments that I hadn’t yet seen when writing last week’s posts.

One is the ‘Wherever I Fall‘ sequence in Cyrano, which depicts doomed soldiers singing their final letters home. It’s the film’s best song and best scene, a powerful use of music to plumb the depths of despair.

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Song of the Day #2,171: ‘So. Central Rain (Live on Letterman)’ – R.E.M.

remMy desert island countdown continues (see Monday’s post for the full explanation).

Desert Island Musical Artists – #3 – R.E.M.

As I’ve written many times on this blog, no artist has as powerful an emotional pull on me as R.E.M. Their music transports me to different moments in my life like a sonic time machine.

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