Oscar’s shortlist is revealed

Oscar's shortlist is revealed

The Academy Awards came out with the shortlists for their two music categories, and there are 15 choices in their 375 member music branch for best original score.

What is remarkable about the lists, is that nearly half of the 15 songs in the original song category are from narrative films or dictionaries whose cast was predominantly Black.

Among the artists and songs there were:

Janelle Monae’s “Turntables” from the voter-suppression documentary “All In: The Fight for Democracy,”

 Mary J. Blige’s “See What You’ve Done” from the prison-sterilization documentary “Belly of the Beast,”

 John Legend’s “Never Break” from the documentary “Giving Voice,”

 Leslie Odom Jr.’s “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami,”

H.E.R.’s “Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Celeste’s “Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

The biggest surprise however was  Lalah Hathaway’s song “Show Me Your Soul” from the “Mr. Soul!” documentary which is about the PBS series Soul.

The Oscar nominations will be announced on the 14th of March, where Diane Warren is supposed to score a possible 12th or even 13th nomination for her songwriting since she has several songs in the shortlist and a whooping 11 Oscar nominations to date.

Warrens songs in the shortlist are:

 “Io Sì (Seen)” from the Sophia Loren film.

“The Life Ahead” and “Free” from the Disney film “The One and Only Ivan.”

The Korean language “Rain Song” from “Minari” also made the list.

And so did Christina Aguilera’s “Loyal Brave True” from Disney’s live-action remake “Mulan,”

and  “Green” from “The Sound of Metal.”

However, there were songs that did not make the list, such as those from animated movies, The Prom,” “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” “Trolls World Tour,” “Over the Moon” and “Onward”

Two thirds of the shortlist consists of previous Oscar winners or nominees. Such as Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who won for “The Social Network,” and now made the list twice: for their Hollywood film “Mank,” and for the Pixar afterlife movie “Soul,” which they share with jazz composer Jon Batiste.

As well as other winners Ludwig Goransson (“Black Panther”) for “Tenet,”

Alexandre Desplat (“The Shape of Water”) for “The Midnight Sky”

Gabriel Yared (“The English Patient”) for “The Life Ahead.”

And as for the previous Oscar nominees:

Dustin O’Halloran and Volker Bertelmann (“Lion”) for “Ammonite,”

Terence Blanchard (“BlacKkKlansman”) for “Da 5 Bloods,”

John Debney (“The Passion of the Christ”) for “Jingle Jangle,”

James Newton Howard (“The Village”) for “News of the World”

Thomas Newman (“American Beauty”) for “The Little Things.” Who was nominated for the 15th time the last Oscars.

The only female composer to make it to the Oscars was Lolita Ritmanis, she also scored the Latvia’s entry for the International Feature Film “Blizzard of Souls”

Other composers, who would be first time nominees if nominated for the Oscars would be

Benjamin Wallfisch (“It”) for “The Invisible Man,”

Emile Mosseri (“The Last Black Man in San Francisco”) for “Minari,”

Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Martian”) for “Mulan”

Daniel Pemberton (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) for “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

Out of 105 songs and 136 scores that were entered in the competition, voters will chose for the final five in each category between the 5th and 10th of March, and the nominees will be announced on the 15th of March.

The Oscars ceremony will be held on the 25th of April.

The Academy Awards officials have released the complete list, which you can find down bellow:

Original Song:

“Turntables” from “All In: The Fight for Democracy”

“See What You’ve Done” from “Belly of the Beast”

“Wuhan Flu” from “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

“Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”

“Never Break” from “Giving Voice”

“Make It Work” from “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”

“Fight For You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”

“lo Sì (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”

“Rain Song” from “Minari”

“Show Me Your Soul” from “Mr. Soul!”

“Loyal Brave True” from “Mulan”

“Free” from “The One and Only Ivan”

“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami…”

“Green” from “Sound of Metal”

“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Original Score:


“Blizzard of Souls”

“Da 5 Bloods”

“The Invisible Man”

“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”

“The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”

“The Little Things”


“The Midnight Sky”



“News of the World”



“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

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