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

Other song contenders include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Van Morrison, Sparks, the Lumineers, Billie Eilish and Jennifer Hudson.

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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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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
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
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
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


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