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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ORIGINAL SONG

UPDATED: Oct. 27, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

Diane Warren has added another song to her packed year that includes numbers from “The One and Only Ivan,” “Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story” and now the Italian language feature “The Life Ahead.” Can she finally win her long and overdue Oscar this year?

UPDATE (10/27/2020): “Respect” has pushed back its release outside of the eligibility window and has been removed from the charts.

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories


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Photo Credit: DreamWorks Animati

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. "lo Si (Seen)" from “The Life Ahead” (Netflix)
    Written by Diane Warren

  2. "Rocket to the Moon" from “Over the Moon” (Netflix)
    Written by Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield & Helen Park

  3. "Speak Now" from “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)
    Written by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth

  4. "Just Sing" from “Trolls: World Tour” (DreamWorks Animation)
    Written by Justin Timberlake, Ludwig Göransson, Max Martin and Sarah Aarons

  5. "Turntables" from “All In: The Fight for Democracy” (Amazon Studios)
    Written by Janelle Monáe, Nathaniel Irvin III and George “George 2.0.” A. Peters II

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Courtesy of Netflix

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. "Hear My Voice" from “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
    Written by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste

  2. "Free" from “The One and Only Ivan” (Disney Plus)
    Written by Diane Warren

  3. "See What You've Done" from “Belly of the Beast” (Independent Lens)
    Written by Mary J. Blige, Darhyl Camper, Jr., Denisia Andrews and Brittany Coney

  4. "Only the Young" from “Miss Americana” (Netflix)
    Written by Taylor Swift and Joel Little

  5. "Love Myself" from “The High Note” (Focus Features)
    Written by Sarah Aarons and Greg Kurstin

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Pixar

TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. "Carried Me With You" from “Onward” (Pixar)
    Written by Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth

  2. "Loyal Brave True" from “Mulan” (Disney Plus)
    Written by Jamie Hartman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Rosi Golan and Billy Crabtree, and produced by Jamie Hartman

  3. "TBA" from “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)
    Written by TBA

  4. "Never Break" from “Giving Voice” (Netflix)
    Written by John Legend, Nasri Atweh, Benjamin Hudson McIldowie, Greg Wells

  5. "See What I've Done" from “Belly of the Beast” (Independent Lens)
    Written by Mary J. Blige, Darhyl Camper, Jr., Denisia Andrews and Brittany Coney

  6. "Identical" from “On the Rocks” (A24/Apple TV Plus)
    Written by Phoenix

  7. "TBA" from “Marry Me” (Universal Pictures)
    Written by TBA

  8. "Everybody Cries" from “The Outpost” (Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment)
    Written by Rod Lurie, Larry Groupé and Rita Wilson

  9. "Come and Play with Me" from “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
    Written by Romy Flores and Andy Rosen

  10. "Queen Bee" from “Emma.” (Focus Features)
    Written by Johnny Flynn

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Photo courtesy of Bleecker Street

ALSO IN CONTENTION:

  1. "TBA" from “Wild Mountain Thyme” (Bleecker Street)
    Written by TBA

  2. "Without a Net" from “Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story” (Shout! Factory)
    Written by Diane Warren

  3. "Staring at the Mountain" from “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Focus Features)
    Written by Sharon Van Etten

  4. "TBA" from “Bad Hair” (Hulu)
    Written by TBA

  5. "TBA" from “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (Paramount Pictures)
    Written by TBA

UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • TBD

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded songwriters in this category are Sammy Cahn, Johnny Mercer, Alan Menken and Jimmy Van Heusen with four wins each. Cahn has the most nominations with 25.

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