The five songs nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song include offerings from The Weeknd, Lady Gaga and Sam Smith. Is there a clear favorite?

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson takes a listen to all of the nominated songs with academy member Mason Daring. Daring is a composer of dozens of soundtracks and a professor of film scoring at Berklee College of Music.

On Sunday night, the 88th annual Academy Awards will once again gather together the movie industry in a lavish ceremony to acknowledge the year's most celebrated performances and films. For some, though, the Oscars represent just another instance of the cool kids gussied up for prom night, trying to ignore The Others gathered by the punch bowl.

You may have read something like this over the past few weeks, in the run-up to this year's hotly contested Academy Awards ceremony:

Here's What People Are Doing Sunday Night To Avoid Watching The Oscars

Feb 25, 2016

If you're tired of overwhelming whiteness at the Academy Awards, you're in good company. Famous people and normals alike have expressed indignation over the fact that for the second year in a row, zero people of color were nominated for any acting award.

As if there's not enough controversy over the Oscars, there's also the matter of a curse.