OSCAR PREDICTIONS: Best Original Song

Updated: November 20, 2017

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

1

“Remember Me” (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)
“Coco” (Pixar)

PROS:
Written by the team responsible for "Let It Go" (EGOT winners) and the song is integral to the film's message and story. Our frontrunner?
CONS:
Sometimes they look for other choices besides Disney, even if the songs are great.

2

“Prayers for this World” (Diane Warren, Cher)
“Cries from Syria” (HBO Documentary Films)

PROS:
An emotional number in an emotional film. Cher's vocals haven't been this good in a long time.
CONS:
There are a lot of docs in play in this category. Diane Warren also has many numbers in contention. She could split votes.

3

“Stand Up for Something” (Common, Andra Day, Diane Warren)
“Marshall” (Open Road Films)

PROS:
Common won the Oscar for "Selma" while Diane Warren is still looking for her first. She could finally have her shot.
CONS:
Will enough people watch the film and remember the hit? Buzz is quiet despite strong reviews from critics.

4

“It Ain’t Fair” (Ahmir Thompson, Tariq Trotter)
“Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)

PROS:
Questlove and The Roots are making a play and the song has an impact, echoing themes of today.
CONS:
Will Annapurna be able to get it in front of the right people?

5

“Evermore” (Alan Menken, Tim Rice)
“Beauty and the Beast” (Walt Disney Pictures)

PROS:
Number sang by Dan Stevens (quite well) that could become a key way to reward the highest grossing film of the year (so far).
CONS:
Will they be on board with the live action remake when they've already rewarded the animated classic?

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6

“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever [Fifty Shades Darker]” (Written by Taylor Swift, Sam Dew, Jack Antonoff; Performed by Zayn, Taylor Swift)
“Fifty Shades Darker” (Universal)

PROS:
It's a contemporary choice and The Weeknd found room in the lineup for the original.
CONS:
Can they keep nominating the song from such a terrible franchise?

7

“The Mystery of Love” (Sufjan Stevens)
“Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics)

PROS:
The song is a dream and plays wonderfully in the film, capturing its emotion. Could be something that surprise.
CONS:
There are two to choose from and many songs play throughout (that aren't eligible). Could voters get distracted?

8

“Come Alive” (Benj Pasek, Justin Paul)
“The Greatest Showman” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
It's from a musical and they usually have an easy time slipping in, no matter what the reviews are.
CONS:
It'll be competing with itself.

9

“There’s Something Special” (Written by Pharrell Williams)
“Despicable Me 3” (Universal Pictures)

PROS:
"Happy" nearly won this category with the last installment and this seems to be another shot at the crown.
CONS:
The buzz is quieter for the film and music this time around.

10

“Jump” (Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson, Laura Karpman)
“Step” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
Winner of the Critics Choice Documentary Award for Best Song and pushed by Fox Searchlight. Dark horse?
CONS:
Needs a boost (Critics Choice, Golden Globes?)

11

“I Get Overwhelmed” (Written by Daniel Hart)
“A Ghost Story” (A24)

PROS:
It would be an eclectic choice to the lineup. Can A24 make this happen?
CONS:
This seems mighty cool for them to do, doesn't it? Let's see how cool they are.

12

“Truth to Power” (Performed by One Republic, Written by Ryan Tedder and T Bone Burnett)
“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (Paramount)

PROS:
The first film won the Oscar for Original Song and this one is just as profound.
CONS:
The film's reviews aren't as strong as the original which could present a problem when it comes its awards chances outside of Documentary Feature.

13

“Visions of Gideon” (Sufjan Stevens)
“Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics)

PROS:
Song is a charmer. May be just what the doctor ordered.
CONS:
"Mystery of Love"

14

“Mighty River” (Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson)
“Mudbound” (Netflix)

PROS:
If they still want to reward Mary J. Blige and cannot get her into Supporting Actress, here's a way to reward.
CONS:
Netflix needs to make the song a priority.

15

“You Shouldn’t Look at Me That Way” (Elvis Mitchell)
“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” (Sony Pictures Classics)

PROS:
Wildcard?
CONS:
Wildcard?

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16

“How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Alan Menken, Tim Rice)
“Beauty and the Beast” (Walt Disney Pictures)

PROS:
Alan Menken and Tim Rice are favorites with the Academy, partner this number sang by Celine Dion, this could be a no-brainer.
CONS:
Might move towards "Evermore."

17

“The Pure and the Damned” (Written and Performed by Oneohtrix Point Never and featuring Iggy Pop)
“Good Time” (A24)

PROS:
A24 is putting some heat behind this campaign. Original Song offers up a few surprises.
CONS:
Will the music branch embrace it or even see the film?

18

“If I Dare” (Written by Sara Bareilles and Nicholas Britell)
“Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
The song is one of the standouts of the year, capturing the spirit of the movie.
CONS:
The film's buzz needs to rise. Very quiet and could have a shut out.

19

“Ride” (ZZ Ward, Evan Bogart, Dave Bassett)
“Cars 3” (Pixar)

PROS:
A rock song to shake things up in the category from an up and comer. Pushed by Disney.
CONS:
Could the film's poor reception hurt it? Likely so.

20

“Guardian’s Inferno” (James Gunn, Tyler Bates, The Sneepers, David Hasselhoff)
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (Marvel Studios)

PROS:
The Hoff will be an Oscar nominee. Isn't that awesome?
CONS:
Not sure the Academy will think so.

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21

“This Is Me” (Benj Pasek, Justin Paul)
“The Greatest Showman” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
Could it be just a matter of which song they'll choose?
CONS:
Split votes.

22

“Who’s the (Bat)Man” (Colton Fisher, Barry Pointer, Jaron Lamot, Jason Rabinowitz, Mansa Wakili, Brayden Deskins)
“The LEGO Batman Movie” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
Remember "Everything is Awesome?" This is just as cool. Could be a way to reward the film.
CONS:
Comedy songs can be embraced but only if the film is a critical success. The reviews were good for this but not as good as its predecessor.

23

“Friends Are Family” (Chris Sernel, Jeff Lewis, Hovey Benjamin, Madison Love, Chris Miller)
“The LEGO Batman Movie” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
It's a selection for them to make and has a fun quality to it.
CONS:
Let's face it...this isn't as good as "Who's the (Bat)Man)."

24

“Broken Wing” (Written by Jackson Greenberg, Wasfi Massarani, H. Scott Salinas, Lyrics By Al-Dimashqia, Performed By Wasfi Massarani)
“City of Ghosts” (Amazon Studios)

PROS:
Docs seem to have a possibility to run the Original Song category this year. Can Amazon give this a push through?
CONS:
It's always up in the air about what they'll choose or disqualify.

25

“To Be Human” (Florence Welch, Rich Nowels)
“Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
Sang by Sia, this could be a popular hit, especially if they're into rewarding the film.
CONS:
The song doesn't really capture the essence of the film. There seems to be other choices.

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  • oscarseason

    “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” – Taylor Swift, Zayn

  • Marc van der Steen

    “Open Up Your Eyes” – Emily Blunt

  • John Smisek

    It’s going to be Evermore from Beauty and the Beast

  • John

    Queen Taylor or bust.

  • TomNewYorker

    the songs from the Movie Patti Cake$ should get Oscar Love.

  • Sakata (D)

    My bet is “Remember Me”.

  • Oscar Acosta Rodriguez

    Never Forget from Murder on the Orient Express is stunning. And This is Me from The Greatest Showman is the message from the film. Remember Me it’s going to get nominated, deserves to be.

  • Calvin Damon

    I haven’t heard all of the songs, but Mystery of Love is so good. Also, I really fucking hope Evermore isn’t nominated. All of the new Beauty and the Beast songs suck

  • Isaac

    Mystery of love must be in the top 5. I still can”t believe why you have the stupid song from 50 shades darker above mystery of love.

  • tia maria

    I’d add Rewrite the stars from the greatest showman as a possible contender for best original song although still not happy that Pasek & Paul won best song earlier this year with City of Stars from La La Land. The songs released so far from the greatest showman soundtrack are already a million times better than anything they wrote for La La Land in my opinion.

  • TomNewYorker

    No love for the songs from Patti Cake$