It’s officially awards season, and votes are in… well, not actually, but soon they will be. For now, we’ll just have to settle for the 92nd Academy Awards’ nominees shortlist. On Monday, the Academy announced the shortlist for nine major categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects.
While countless categories may offer dedicated fans a delicious cocktail of surprise, excitement, and maybe even disappointment… we’re especially interested in the ‘Best Original Song’ category. Why? Because, although it might not quite be equivalent to the infamous Kanye interruption at the VMAs in 2009, we can’t help but notice T-Swift was snubbed from the list, despite her recent work in Cats.
Instead, the potential nominees include Beyoncé’s Spirit from The Lion King, Into The Unknown from Frozen II, Chrissy Metz’s I’m Standing With You from Breakthrough, Randy Newman’s I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away from Toy Story 4, and more. In fact, The Lion King made the list twice, with the Disney blockbuster seemingly leading the charge as a serious Oscar contender against the likes of fan-favourite, Frozen II.
Two for you Glen CoCo (a.k.a. The Lion’s King) and none for Gretchen Wieners (a.k.a. Taylor Swift), in this scenario.
For the record, Swift fans (better known as ‘Swifties’) might be surprised to see that the Academy didn’t opt to include Swift’s rendition of Beautiful Ghosts from the current movie-musical version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. Taylor Swift stars as Bombalurina in the film and, despite the Oscar snub, the song was recognized for the ‘Best Original Song’ category at the Golden Globes, which will air January 5th on CTV.
Last year, the Oscar in this category went to Lady Gaga for her A Star Is Born ballad Shallow. Of course, this provided us with the on-stage performance of a lifetime, which forced us all to question whether or not we will ever experience love like what Bradley and Gaga (appear) to share. Can you really fake that kind of chemistry? It’s been a year and we’re still hung up on it, TBH.
Here are the songs on the shortlist:
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
Glasgow from Wild Rose
For now, the other categories with shortlists released include original score and song, visual effects and doc, live-action, and animated short.
The Best Original Score category has also garnered plenty of buzz, including the likes of Nicholas Britell for The King, John Williams for Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, Randy Newman for his work on Marriage Story, Michael Abels for Us, Hildur Guðnadóttir for Joker, and more.
Academy voters will submit their picks for nominations during the first week of January and the final list of nominees will be officially announced on January 13th. For eager viewers, don’t worry… you won’t have to wait (too) much longer. The Oscars — better known as the most glamorous night of the year — will air on Sunday, Feb. 9th on CTV.