The Oscars announced 2020 shortlists for a few categories, one of those being Best Song. Among those who could be nominated: Thom Yorke for “Daily Battles” from Motherless Brooklyn, and Beyonce's “Spirit” from The Lion King, Pharrell Williams' “Letter To My Godfather” from The Black Godfather, and Dillon Francis for "Catchy Song" from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. Thom made the shortlist last year too for "Suspirium" from Suspiria, but the song ended up not actually getting nominated.
Meanwhile Elton John is on the shortlist twice: for “Never Too Late," a new song he and Tim Rice wrote for The Lion King, and “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” which he and Bernie Taupin wrote for Rocketman. Randy Newman is up yet again for another Toy Story song, and Paul Williams, who hasn't been nominated for a Best Song Oscar since "The Rainbow Connection" from 1980's The Muppet Movie, could get nominated for “Da Bronx” from the film of the same name.
Not on the Oscars Best Song shortlist: Taylor Swift's "Beautiful Ghosts" from the upcoming and frankly scary-looking big screen Cats adaptation. Sorry, Taylor!
The Oscars also announced the shortlist for Best Original Score, which includes Hildur Guðnadóttir for Joker, Michael Giacchino for Jojo Rabbit, Alexandre Desplat for Little Women, Michael Abels for Us, John Williams for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Randy Newman for Marriage Story.
The nominations for the 92nd Academy Awayrs will be announced Monday, January 13, and the Oscars will be handed out on Sunday, February 9. Check out the shortlists for Best Original Song and Best Original Score, below.
OSCARS 2020 - BEST ORIGINAL SONG SHORTLIST
Naomi Scott – “Speechless” (from Aladdin, written by Alan Menken, Benj Pasek, & Justin Paul)
Pharrell Williams – “Letter To My Godfather” (from The Black Godfather, written by Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo)
Chrissy Metz – “I’m Standing With You” (from Breakthrough, written by Diane Warren)
Paul Williams & Charles Fox – “Da Bronx” (from The Bronx, USA, written by Paul Williams & Charles Fox)
Idina Menzel – “Into The Unknown” (from Frozen 2, written by Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez)
Cynthia Erivo – “Stand Up” (from Harriet, written by Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo)
Dillon Francis – “Catchy Song” (Feat. T-Pain & Lay Lay) (from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, written by Dillon Francis, Alaya High, Jon Lajoiem & James Rushent)
Elton John – “Never Too Late” (from The Lion King, written by Elton John & Tim Rice)
Beyoncé – “Spirit” (from The Lion King, written by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Timothy McKenzie, & Ilya Salmanzadeh)
Thom Yorke – “Daily Battles” (from Motherless Brooklyn, written by Thom Yorke)
Woo-sik Choi – “A Glass Of Soju” (from Parasite, written by Jung Jaeil & Woo-sik Choi)
Elton John & Taron Egerton – “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (from Rocketman, written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin)
Kathyrn Bostic – “High Above The Water” (from Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, written by Kathryn Bostic)
Randy Newman – “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” (from Toy Story 4, written by Randy Newman)
Jessie Buckley – “Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” (from Wild Rose, written by Caitlyn Smith, Mary Steenburgen, & Kate York)
OSCARS 2020 - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE SHORTLIST
Alan Silvestri, Avengers: Endgame
Theodore Shapiro, Bombshell
Alex Weston, The Farewell
Marco Beltrami, Ford V. Ferrari
Christophe Beck, Frozen 2
Michael Giacchino, Jojo Rabbit
Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
Nicholas Britell, The King
Alexandre Desplat, Little Women
Randy Newman, Marriage Story
Daniel Pemberton, Motherless Brooklyn
Thomas Newman, 1917
Alberto Iglesias, Pain And Glory
John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Michael Abels, Us