Oscar Original Song Shortlist Loaded With Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Diane Warren, The Weeknd & More Making Cut

Film Academy has unveiled its 15-track shortlist for the 2023 Oscar for Best Original Song, marking a confluence of new and established hands.

Among the lively first-timers in the Oscars’ overall field were chart-topping Rihanna, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift, who were recognized for their respective contributions to the songs “Lift Me Up,” “My Mind & Me,” and “Carolina,” respectively, in the films Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Selena Gomez: My mind and I and Where the crayfish sing. (While Swift also wanted to contend for best live-action short with All Too Well, that title didn’t make it.)

Return to the list with the song “Applause”. Tell it like a woman — an anthology from Samuel Goldwyn Films that marks one of her minor contestants to date — is Diane Warren, the 13-time Oscar nominee who won the Film Academy’s Governors Award in November. Also back, as expected, is Lady Gaga – the 2019 A star Is Born Oscar winner who will be recognized for the this time Top Gun: Maverick Melody “Hold My Hand”. A third Superstar back in contention is The Weeknd, a 2016 Original Songs nominating title fifty shades of gray‘s Earned It, who served as co-writer and performer Avatar: The Way of Water“Nothing is lost (You give me strength)”.

Then there’s Talking Heads frontman David Byrne – an Oscar-winner for his 1987 score The Last Emperorwho was awarded Son Lux and Mitski on today for his work Everything everywhere at once‘s “This is a Life”.

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Other artists returning to the shortlist for this round include two-time Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat with the song “Ciao Papa” and its music Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro; la la country‘s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul with the Spirited song “Good Day”; Rita Wilson (with A man named Otto‘s “Til You’re Home”), who had previously qualified twice; three-time Oscar nominee J. Ralph with “Dust & Ash” from Mandana Biscotti’s documentary The voice of dust and ash on musician Mohammad-Reza Shajarian’s courageous denunciations to the Iranian government; and Daniel Pemberton with the Amsterdam Song “Time” performed by Giveon. The last two were perhaps the least-anticipated selections of the songs mentioned so far, given the limited awareness of the former track and the latter’s poor reception by David O. Russell, both with critics and at the box office.

Other entrants to this year’s race include acclaimed Brooklyn rock band LCD Soundsystem with their White noise song “New Body Rhumba”; Chandrabose on the song “Naatu Naatu” from SS Rajamouli’s hit action drama RRR, which was also recently nominated for a Golden Globes for Best Foreign Language Film and Original Song; and Jazmine Sullivan with the song “Stand Up” from the civil rights drama directed by Chinonye Chukwu To.

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Earlier this month, 81 songs were accepted into the Oscar competition. Notable snubs included Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who wrote the score and song “(You Made It Feel Like) Home” for Luca Guadagnino bones and alland Billie Eilish and Finneas, who wrote “Nobody Like U” and other tunes for Disney/Pixar To redden.

Only five tracks will be named as nominees when all are revealed on January 24th. This year’s 95th edition of the Academy Awards will take place on March 12th at the Dolby Theatre. Check out the 2023 Oscar shortlist for Original Song below.


“Time” from “Amsterdam”

“Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength)” from “Avatar: The Way of Water”

“Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

“It’s a Life” from “Everything, Everywhere at Once”

Ciao Papa from Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

“Until You’re Home” from “A Man Called Otto”

“Naatu Naatu” from “RRR”

“My Mind and I” from “Selena Gomez: My Mind and I”

“Hello” from “Spirit”

“Applause” from “Tell It Like A Woman”

“Get up” from “Till”

“Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick”

“Dust & Ash” from “The Voice of Dust and Ash”

“Carolina” from “Where the Crawdads Sing”

“New Body Rhumba” from “White Noise”

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