“Manta Ray,” by J. Ralph & Antony, has been nominated for this year’s Academy Award for Best Original Song. It’s the theme from the documentary Racing Extinction.
“Ralph, who was previously nominated for ‘Before My Time’ from the documentary Chasing Ice, based the music for “Manta Ray” on a heartbreaking clip he saw of the last existing male Kauai O’o bird. ‘He’s singing for a female that would never come. They mate for life and so it was incredibly harrowing to see this bird singing this song fully unaware that he’s the last of his species,’ Ralph says, referring to a bird that is now entirely extinct. ‘At that moment I knew the melody of the song had to be almost a response to this call.’”
Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons) wrote and sang the lyrics.
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