Oscars Predictions: Best Original Song – Husband and Wife Beyoncé and Jay-Z Competing For the Same Statue?

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2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ORIGINAL SONG

UPDATED: Oct 21, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Under his real name Shawn Carter, Grammy-winning rapper and record executive Jay-Z serves as one of the film’s producers, in addition to Samuel, three-time Oscar-nominee Lawrence Bender (“Pulp Fiction,” “Good Will Hunting” and “Inglourious Basterds”) and recent Emmy nominee James Lassiter (Netflix’s “Cobra Kai”). There isn’t a long list of rappers-turned-Oscar-winners, which only includes Eminem (original song for “Lose Yourself” from “8 Mile”), Three 6 Mafia (original song for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle and Flow”) and Common (original song for “Glory” from “Selma”). Kendrick Lamar was the most recent nominee for “All the Stars” from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” which was nominated for song, record and album of the year at the Grammys. This soundtrack can easily follow suit with its massive and sensational tracks.

An interesting note is Hova’s longtime wife Beyoncé is also in the Oscar race this year for her original song in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “King Richard” (titled “Be Alive”). More than a dozen couples have been nominated the same year, for either the same film or separate, such as Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”), but none have competed against one another. Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”) and Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”) nearly did in 2020, but were both snubbed for directing. Original song could become one of the hottest races in town if they are both recognized.

Talk about a rating boost

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

Awards Season Calendar (2021-2022)

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ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

RANK

FILM

SONG

SONGWRITERS

1

The Harder They Fall

“Guns Go Bang”

Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, Jeymes Samuel

2

King Richard

“Be Alive”

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson

3

Annette

“So May We Start”

Ron Mael, Russell Mael

4

Cyrano

“Every Letter”

Matt Berninger, Carin Besser, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner

5

Belfast

“Down to Joy”

Van Morrison

NEXT IN LINE

6

No Time to Die

“No Time to Die”

Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell

7

Respect

“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)”

Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King

8

CODA

“Beyond the Shore”

Nicholai Baxter, Matt Dahan, Sian Heder, Marius de Vries

9

Four Good Days

“Somehow You Do”

Diane Warren

10

The Harder They Fall

“The Harder They Fall”

Jay-Z, Jeymes Samuel

OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS

11

In the Heights

“Home All Summer”

Lin-Manuel Miranda

12

Dear Evan Hansen

“The Anonymous Ones”

Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Amandla Stenberg

13

Vivo

“Keep the Beat”

Lin-Manuel Miranda

14

Encanto

“Colombia, Mi Encanto”

Lin-Manuel Miranda

15

Cinderella

“Million to One”

Camila Cabello, Scott Harris

16

The Rescue

“Believe”

Aloe Blacc, Daniel Pemberton

17

Flag Day

“My Father’s Daughter”

Glen Hansard, Cat Power, Eddie Vedder

18

Mary J. Blige’s My Life

“Hourglass”

Mary J. Blige

19

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

“Fire in the Sky”

Anderson .Paak

20

Cruella

“Call Me Cruella”

Florence + the Machine

UNRANKED LISTING

Bruised

To be added

To be added

Changing the Game

“Chasing Dreams”

Goze, Tyler Strickland

Coming 2 America

“I’m a King”

Bobby D. Sessions Jr, Megan J. Pete, Tariq Anwar-Bassett Sharrieff, Arthur Lee Putman Jr, Chelsia L. Reeves

Cry Macho

“Find a New Home”

Mark Mancina

Cyrano

To be added

Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner

Don’t Look Up

To be added

To be added

Munich: The Edge of War

“Tu Draumst [To Dream]”

Tara Nome Doyle, Isobel Waller-Bridge

Raya and the Last Dragon

“Lead the Way”

Jhene Aiko

Rebel Hearts

“Secret Sister”

Rufus Wainwright

Space Jam: A New Legacy

“Just for Me”

SZA, Saint JHN

Space Jam: A New Legacy

“We Win”

Kirk Franklin, Dominique ‘Lil Baby’ Jones, Cynthia Nunn, Justin Gregory Smith

Spirit: Untamed

“Fearless”

Amie Doherty

The Automat

“At the Automat”

Mel Brooks

The Green Knight

“Blome Swete Lilie Flour”

Daniel Hart

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

“On my Way”

Alexandra Lahey, Sophie Louise Payten, Gabriel Strum

The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses”

“Never Gonna Tame You”

Diane Warren

The Starling

“Isabelle Flies”

Jeremiah Fraites, Wesley Schultz

The Suicide Squad

“Rain”

Jordan Benjamin, Kevin Hissink, Jessie Reyez, Chester Krupa Carbone

Vivo

“Inside Your Heart”

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Vivo

“My Own Drum”

Missy Elliott, Lin-Manuel Miranda

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Original Song)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture.

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About the Academy Awards (Oscars)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners are selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). 17 branches are represented within the near 10,000 person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writers.

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