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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ORIGINAL SONG

UPDATED: Nov. 19, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

The long list is beginning to fill out and we should expect about 70 songs to be submitted by the end of the eligibility period. Netflix could dominate while Leslie Odom, Jr. could go the way of Mary J. Blige and Cynthia Erivo as a double nominee.

† = 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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Leslie Odom Jr. in “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) Patti Perret

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

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

  2. "Wear Your Crown" from “The Prom” (Netflix)
    Written by Adam Anders, Peer Astrom, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin

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

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

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

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Courtesy of Amazon Studios

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

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

  2. "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

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

  4. "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

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

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Niki Caro’s “Mulan” (Disney Plus) Courtesy of Disney

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. "Wuhan Flu" from “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon Studios)
    Written by  Sacha Baron Cohen, Erran Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Swimer, Jena Friedman, Jim Russell, Jerry Holleman

  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. "Square Root of Possible" from “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
    Written by Philip Lawrence, Davy Nathan, Michael Diskint, David E. Talbert

  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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John David Washington in “Tenet” (Warner Bros.) Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture

ALSO IN CONTENTION:

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

  2. "Square Root of Possible" from “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
    Written by Philip Lawrence, Davy Nathan, Michael Diskint, David E. Talbert

  3. "I'll Be Singing" from “Wild Mountain Thyme” (Bleecker Street)
    Written by Amelia Warner, John Patrick Shanley

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

  5. "Boss Bitch" from “Birds of Prey” (Warner Bros.)
    Written by Sky Adams, Amalaranta Zandie Dlaamini, Ashton Casey, Imad Roya

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

  7. "Uh Oh" from “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
    Written by Cynthia Nabozny, Matias Mora & Mia Minichiello

  8. "I Get It" from “Bad Hair” (Hulu)
    Written by Justin Simien, Performed by Kelly Rowland, Produced by Kris Bowers

  9. "The Plan" from “Tenet” (Warner Bros.)
    Written by Travis Scott

  10. "Isn't It So" from “Ordinary Love” (Bleecker Street)
    Written by David Holmes, Brian Irvine, Keefus Ciancia, Jade Vincent

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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