Beyoncé, Thom Yorke, Flea, Elton John on shortlist for Best Original Song Oscar

So are Pharrell Williams, Randy Newman, T-Pain, and Idina Menzel

Thom Yorke and Flea
Thom Yorke and Flea appear on The Daily Show in 2013

    Awards season is officially underway. The Academy has unveiled shortlists for nine categories at the upcoming 2020 Oscars, including Best Original Song. There’s plenty of competition already among those listed, including Beyoncé, Thom Yorke, Flea, Elton John, Randy Newman, and more.

    In total, 14 original songs made the shortlist. The biggest inclusions are Beyoncé’s “Spirit” from The Lion King; Thom Yorke and Flea’s “Daily Battles” from Motherless Brooklyn; Elton John’s “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman; Idina Menzel, Aurora, and Panic! at the Disco’s “Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2; Dillon Francis, T-Pain, and Lay Lay’s “Catchy Song” from The LEGO Movie 2;  Pharrell Williams’ “Letter to My Godfather” from The Black Godfather; and Randy Newman’s “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4. All things considered, it’s a pretty exhaustive list. Though it’s worth noting that “Beautiful Ghosts”, the Cats track by Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber, didn’t make the cut.

    The other categories revealed are Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Best Animated Short, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Visual Effects. Why are there two “Makeup and Hairstyling” categories, especially when one is considered the best and the other just… is? Who knows. Try to suss out the difference between good and great when browsing all the shortlists below.

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    Don’t start drafting your Academy Awards ballot just yet. The complete list of Oscar nominees won’t be unveiled until January 13th. The 92nd annual Academy Awards ceremony will air live on Sunday, February 9th on ABC.

    Find the shortlists for the nine Oscar categories below.

    Music (Original Song)
    “Speechless” from Aladdin
    “Letter To My Godfather” from The Black Godfather
    “I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough
    “Da Bronx” from The Bronx USA
    “Into The Unknown” from Frozen II
    “Stand Up” from Harriet
    “Catchy Song” from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
    “Never Too Late” from The Lion King
    “Spirit” from The Lion King
    “Daily Battles” from Motherless Brooklyn
    “A Glass of Soju” from Parasite
    “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman
    “High Above The Water” from Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
    “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4

    Music (Original Score)
    Avengers: Endgame
    The Farewell
    Ford v Ferrari
    Frozen II
    Jojo Rabbit
    The King
    Little Women
    Marriage Story
    Motherless Brooklyn
    Pain and Glory
    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


    International Feature Film
    Czech Republic, The Painted Bird
    Estonia, Truth and Justice
    France, Les Misérables
    Hungary, Those Who Remained
    North Macedonia, Honeyland
    Poland, Corpus Christi
    Russia, Beanpole
    Senegal, Atlantics
    South Korea, Parasite
    Spain, Pain and Glory

    Documentary Feature
    American Factory
    The Apollo
    Apollo 11
    The Biggest Little Farm
    The Cave
    The Edge of Democracy
    For Sama
    The Great Hack
    Knock Down the House
    Midnight Family
    One Child Nation

    Live Action Short Film
    The Christmas Gift
    Little Hands
    Miller & Son
    Nefta Football Club
    The Neighbors’ Window
    A Sister
    Sometimes, I Think about Dying


    Documentary Short Subject
    After Maria
    Fire in Paradise
    Ghosts of Sugar Land
    In the Absence
    Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
    Life Overtakes Me
    The Nightcrawlers
    St. Louis Superman
    Stay Close
    Walk Run Cha-Cha

    Animated Short Film
    Dcera (Daughter)
    Hair Love
    He Can’t Live without Cosmos
    Hors Piste
    Mind My Mind
    The Physics of Sorrow
    Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days

    Makeup and Hairstyling
    Hilary Bronwyn Gayle
    Dolemite Is My Name
    Downton Abbey
    Little Women
    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


    Visual Effects
    Alita: Battle Angel
    Avengers: Endgame
    Captain Marvel
    Gemini Man
    The Irishman
    The Lion King
    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
    Terminator: Dark Fate

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