The best original song category at the upcoming Oscars will feature some A-list names, and we finally know who’s official in the running. The Academy unveiled a shortlist of 15 songs in contentions for this award, and Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, and Ariana Grande are some of the artists who made the cut.
Beyoncé is in the running with “Be Alive” from King Richard, the true story of Richard Williams who helped his daughters Venus and Serena shoot for the stars and become tennis legends. Eilish made the cut with “No Time To Die”, the theme song from the latest James Bond movie.
Ariana Grande is in the running alongside Kid Cudi, with “Just Look Up” from Don’t Look Up. Their chances, however, are looking slim after they failed to score a Golden Globe nomination in the same category.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto, Jennifer Hudson’s “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from Respect, and Jay-Z’s “Guns Go Bang” from The Harder They Fall are also in the running for this prestigious award.
Only five songs will make the cut and they’re traditionally performed during the Oscars telecast. Nominations will be announced on February 8th, 2022, while the Academy Awards ceremony will take place on March 27th, 2022.
Full Shortlist for Best Original Song:
“So May We Start?” from Annette
“Down To Joy” from Belfast
“Right Where I Belong” from Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road
“Automatic Woman” from Bruised
“Dream Girl” from Cinderella
“Beyond The Shore” from CODA
“The Anonymous Ones” from Dear Evan Hansen
“Just Look Up” from Don’t Look Up
“Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto
“Somehow You Do” from Four Good Days
“Guns Go Bang” from The Harder They Fall
“Be Alive” from King Richard
“No Time To Die” from No Time to Die
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from Respect
“Your Song Saved My Life” from Sing 2