Updated: November 20, 2017
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE
“Remember Me” (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)
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.
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.
“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.
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?
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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“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?
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?
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.
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.
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?)
“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.
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.
PROS: Song is a charmer. May be just what the doctor ordered.
CONS: "Mystery of Love"
“Mighty River” (Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson)
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.
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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."
“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?
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.
“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.
PROS: The Hoff will be an Oscar nominee. Isn't that awesome?
CONS: Not sure the Academy will think so.
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PROS: Could it be just a matter of which song they'll choose?
CONS: Split votes.
“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.
“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)."
“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.
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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| PRODUCTION DESIGN | CINEMATOGRAPHY | COSTUME DESIGN | FILM EDITING | MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING | SOUND MIXING | SOUND EDITING | VISUAL EFFECTS |
| ORIGINAL SCORE | ORIGINAL SONG |
| FOREIGN LANGUAGE | DOCUMENTARY FEATURE |