Will another Hip Hop artist join Eminem, Juicy J, DJ Paul, and Common as Oscar winners? Will pop culture icon Beyoncé finally add an Academy Award to her long list of industry accolades?
This week, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its shortlists for several 2022 honors. Fifteen songs will advance in the Best Original Song category for the 94th Academy Awards. Eighty-four songs were eligible.
Superstar couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z may have to go head-to-head for the Oscar on March 27, 2022. Beyoncé’s “Be Alive” single from the Will Smith-led King Richard movie made the shortlist.
Jay-Z and Kid Cudi’s “Guns Go Bang” from Netflix’s The Harder They Fall is also in consideration. Kid Cudi has the chance to be a two-time nominee if “Guns Go Bang” and his “Just Look Up” collaboration with Ariana Grande both score nods.
H.E.R. won the Academy Award for Best Original Song earlier this year for “Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah. The R&B singer/songwriter could win back-to-back years. “Automatic Woman” from the Cardi B-curated Bruised soundtrack is on the latest Oscar shortlist as well.
Tunes by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Diane Warren, Billie Eilish, Jennifer Hudson, U2, and other acts are also in the running for Best Original Song. Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.
Best Original Song Academy Award Shortlist For The 94th Academy Awards:
- “So May We Start?” from Annette (Ron Mael, Russell Mael)
- “Down To Joy” from Belfast (Van Morrison)
- “Right Where I Belong” from Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (Jim James, Brian Wilson)
- “Automatic Woman” from Bruised (H.E.R., Van Hunt, Starrah)
- “Dream Girl” from Cinderella (Idina Menzel, Laura Veltz)
- “Beyond The Shore” from CODA (Nicholai Baxter, Matt Dahan, Sian Heder, Marius deVries)
- “The Anonymous Ones” from Dear Evan Hansen (Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Amandla Stenberg)
- “Just Look Up” from Don’t Look Up (Nicholas Britell, Ariana Grande, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Taura Stinson
- “Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto (Lin-Manuel Miranda)
- “Somehow You Do” from Four Good Days (Diane Warren)
- “Guns Go Bang” from The Harder They Fall (Jeymes Samuel, Scott “Kid Cudi”Mescudi, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter
- “Be Alive” from King Richard (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson)
- “No Time To Die” from No Time to Die (Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell)
- “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from Respect (Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King)
- “Your Song Saved My Life” from Sing 2 (U2)