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LAST UPDATED: Dec. 2, 2022
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2023 Oscars Predictions: Best Original Song
CATEGORY COMMENTARY: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” premiered to glowing reviews and even delivered a possible frontrunner for best original song in the form of Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up,” the new track she sings and co-writes with Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Göransson.
She won’t be the only big name in the song race as big names like last year’s winners Billie Eilish and Finneas are back with “Nobody Like U” from “Turning Red” while Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick” will surely be on voters’ minds.
Taylor Swift, who just announced her new tour dates, has two shots at Oscar noms with her short film “All Too Well” which stars “Stranger Things” star Sadie Sink and her song “Carolina” from the film “Where the Crawdads Sing.”
There are the usual suspects in the discussion as well like Honorary Oscar recipient Diane Warren who pens “Applause” from the feature “Tell It Like a Woman” and Marc Shaiman, who writes “Love is Not Love” from “Bros” along with star and co-writer Billy Eichner.
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2023 Academy Awards Predictions
BEST PICTURE | DIRECTOR | ACTOR | ACTRESS | SUPPORTING ACTOR | SUPPORTING ACTRESS | ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY | ADAPTED SCREENPLAY | ANIMATED FEATURE | PRODUCTION DESIGN | CINEMATOGRAPHY | COSTUME DESIGN | FILM EDITING | MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING | SOUND | VISUAL EFFECTS | ORIGINAL SCORE | ORIGINAL SONG | DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | INTERNATIONAL FEATURE | ANIMATED SHORT | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | LIVE ACTION SHORT
The 95th Oscars ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre and televised live on ABC on Sunday, March 12, 2023.
2022 category winner: “No Time to Die” by Billie Eilish and Finneas from “No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
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