Oscars 2021: Original Song–Shortlist of 10

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has announced the shortlists in 10 categories for the upcoming 94th Oscars ceremony.

The shortlist voting concluded on December 15, and the remaining ones will move on to the official phase one voting.

Nominations voting begins on Thursday, January 27, and ends on Tuesday, February 1.

The official credits and nominees for all the films will be announced, with the rest of the Oscar nominations on Tuesday, February 8.

Check out the list of the films and categories below:

Original Song

  • “So May We Start?” from “Annette” (Amazon Studios)
    Ron Mael, Russell Mael (Sparks)
  • “Down To Joy” from “Belfast” (Focus Features)
    Van Morrison
  • “Right Where I Belong” from “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road” (Screen Media Films)
    Brian Wilson, Jim James
  • “Automatic Woman” from “Bruised” (Netflix)
    H.E.R. (other songwriters to be added)
  • “Dream Girl” from “Cinderella” (Amazon Studios)
    Idina Menzel, Laura Veltz
  • “Beyond The Shore” from “CODA” (Apple Original Films)
    Nicholai Baxter, Matt Dahan, Sian Heder, Marius de Vries
  • “The Anonymous Ones” from “Dear Evan Hansen” (Universal Pictures)
    Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Amandla Stenberg
  • “Just Look Up” from “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix)
    Nicholas Britell, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Taura Stinson
  • “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures)
    Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • “Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days” (Vertical Entertainment)
    Diane Warren
  • “Guns Go Bang” from “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)
    Jeymes Samuel, Scott Mescudi, Shawn Carter
  • “Be Alive” from “King Richard” (Warner Bros)
    Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson
  • “No Time To Die” from “No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
    Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell
  • “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
    Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King
  • “Your Song Saved My Life” from “Sing 2” (Illumination/Universal Pictures)
    Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.

This race should bring the newly minted Academy Awards producer Will Packer and the leadership joy and promise for high ratings. However, there is something for everyone on the 15 songs that remain.

History: husband and wife Jay-Z and Beyoncé both making it for their two numbers on “The Harder They Fall” and “King Richard.” If both are nominated, it will be the first time in Oscar history that a husband and wife competed against one another in the same category.

The biggest pop stars are among the list, including Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi, who are co-writers on the song from “Don’t Look Up,” Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas on their already Grammy-winning number from “No Time to Die” and Jennifer Hudson, who is looking for a double Oscar nom in actress and original song with “Respect.”

Last year’s surprise winner H.E.R. is back with the track from Halle Berry’s directorial debut, “Bruised,” while Sparks and Van Morrison are eyeing the older demographic of the Academy with the songs from “Annette” and “Belfast.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda represents his historic year with his song “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto,” which could make him an EGOT winner if it breaks his way.

We also have the obligatory mention for another Diane Warren song from the drama “Four Good Days.” With 12 nominations and still no win, could this be the year she finally captures the gold?

Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.