Oscars: Original Song Nominees

“Shallow” is a shoo-in to win the category.

BY: Georgia Davis

The nominees for the 91st Academy Awards arrived Jan. 22, and the voters honored some of the best music in movie in the last year. Everything from blockbusters to a song in a Coen Brothers Netflix film were nominated, but those who watch the ceremony Feb. 24 will only see two of the songs performed live. In an effort to cut down on time, only the two most popular songs will be performed: “All of the Stars” from Black Panther and “Shallow” from A Star Is Born. But that shouldn’t deter you from listening to all of the tracks. Here are the nominees for Original Song:


Kendrick Lamar snagged his first Oscar nomination for his work on the culture phenomenon Black Panther. SZA joined the “HUMBLE.” singer on the wonderfully mixed track, and she also help write the song’s lyrics. Lamar is credited with choosing and making the music for the high-selling movie of the year. Mark “Sounwave” Spears and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith are credited with writing the music alongside Lamar.


This empowering anthem was featured on the documentary feature RBG. With music and lyrics by Diane Warren, the song was performed in the movie by Jennifer Hudson. Warren knows the way to the Academy’s ears, as she has been nominated for 10 Oscars for her work on some of the industry’s biggest soundtracks. In 2016, she was nominated alongside competing nominee Lady Gaga for “Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground. “I’ll Fight” is not likely to win for Original Song, but there’s no doubting Warren is a talent.


It is a shame we won’t see Emily Blunt perform this sweet number from the sequel Mary Poppins Returns. With music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, “The Place Where Lost Things Go” is exactly what you would want out of a musical. It’s sweet, catchy and makes you emotional.


From A Star Is Born, “Shallow” is the shoo-in to take home the Oscar for Original Song. It too the world by storm, mostly because no one knew Bradley Cooper could sing THAT well. The dynamic duo of Cooper and Lady Gaga is one we want to see over and over again. Gaga shares the music and lyric credits with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.


This somber tune from the Coen Brothers’ film The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs is completely different from the other songs nominated. The song is full-on country, but that’s likely due to the fact it would be weird hearing a pop song in a western. With music and lyrics by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch, the song brings an added flavor to the Original Song lineup.