On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their shortlist for 9 categories for the upcoming 2020 Oscars. That means the pool of potential nominees just got smaller, and we now know who could be competing at the awards on Sunday, February 9.
Among the categories revealed was Best Original Song, offering up a solid set of contenders even before the list gets whittled down for the nomination announcement on January 13. Beyoncé is a part of the shortlist for her work on “Spirit” from The Lion King, while Pharrell Williams is here for writing "Letter to My Godfather" from The Black Godfather on Netflix. Randy Newman could return to the category thanks to his song from Toy Story 4, and Elton John has two songs under consideration from two different films, The Lion King and his biopic Rocketman.
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There’s also a few new names stepping into the Academy Awards spotlight. Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers land on the list for “Daily Battles” from the film Motherless Brooklyn, and DJ and producer Dillion Francis sees some love for his work on "Catchy Song" from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.
You can find the full shortlist for Best Original Song below.
"Speechless" from Aladdin
"Letter to My Godfather” from The Black Godfather
"I'm Standing With You" from Breakthrough
"Da Bronx" from The Bronx USA
"Into the Unknown" from Frozen 2
"Stand Up" from Harriet
"Catchy Song" from The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
"Never Too Late" from The Lion King
"Spirit" from The Lion King
"Daily Battles" from Motherless Brooklyn
"A Glass of Soju" from Parasite
"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman
"High Above the Water" from Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" from Toy Story 4
"Glasgow" from Wild Rose