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LISTEN: The 15 Eligible Songs For Competing at the Oscars

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Yesterday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released nine shortlists for various Oscar categories. One that had drawn a lot of excitement was the release of the “Original Song,” the first for the category since the expanded era. The shortlist brought many nominees that were expected, even though great songs were excluded. However, we now know the fifteen songs eligible for the Oscar from films like “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” and more.

Among the contenders are some pop mainstays, as well as musical legends. The two big names at the heart of the race are Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lemar (with SZA). Gaga wrote “Shallow” with Mark Ronson, who appears on the shortlist a second time for writing “Keep Reachin'” from “Quincy” with Quincy Jones. “Mary Poppins Returns” grabbed two song nominations for “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” and “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” both written by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. The two are famous for their work on Broadway, including the 2002 adaptation of “Hairspray” into a musical. Other big names in the mix are Dolly Parton for “Girl in the Movies” from “Dumpin’,” Jennifer Hudson & Dianne Warren for “I’ll Fight,” Thom Yorke for “Supserium” from “Suspiria,” Alan Menken for “Welcome to Slaughter Race,” Sade for “The Big Unknown” from “Widows,” and the many other quality songs in the race.

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

“Treasure” from “Beautiful Boy

“All The Stars” from “Black Panther

“Revelation” from “Boy Erased

“Girl In The Movies” from “Dumplin’”

“We Won’t Move” from “The Hate U Give

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns

“Trip A Little Light Fantastic” from “Mary Poppins Returns

“Keep Reachin’” from “Quincy

“I’ll Fight” from “RBG

“A Place Called Slaughter Race” from “Ralph Breaks the Internet

“OYAHYTT” from “Sorry to Bother You

“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born

“Suspirium” from “Suspiria

“The Big Unknown” from “Widows

Which five songs are your favorites? Which songs do you think will get nominated with the Oscar five? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below! 

The Oscar nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 22, 2019. 

Be sure to check out the Official Oscar Predictions Page to see where these songs rank among the contenders!

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Written by Alan French

Alan French is a movie buff, a TV lover, and a sports fanatic. His favorite TV shows are 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Rick and Morty' and 'Game of Thrones.' He's also a Spielberg fanatic. You can find him on Twitter and Medium @TheAlanFrench.


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