Oscars Predictions: Best Original Song – Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande and Diane Warren Seek Academy Gold

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2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ORIGINAL SONG

UPDATED: Dec 29, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: This will probably be the most important race for the Oscars to chase better ratings. Newly minted Academy Awards producer Will Packer and the leadership have an opportunity to craft a show around some of the biggest names in music. With the shortlist announcing the remaining 15 songs, there’s plenty to gear up to celebrate.

We’re one step closer to seeing history being made with husband and wife Jay-Z and Beyoncé both making it for their two numbers on “The Harder They Fall” and “King Richard.” If both are nominated, it will be the first time in Oscar history that a husband and wife competed against one another in the same category.

The biggest pop stars in the world are among the list, including Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi, who are co-writers on the song from “Don’t Look Up,” Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas on their already Grammy-winning number from “No Time to Die” and Jennifer Hudson, who is looking for a double Oscar nom in actress and original song with “Respect.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda represents his historic year with his song “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto,” which could make him an EGOT winner if it breaks his way.

Last year’s surprise winner H.E.R. is back with the track from Halle Berry’s directorial debut, “Bruised,” while Sparks and Van Morrison are eyeing the older demographic of the Academy with the songs from “Annette” and “Belfast.”

We also have the obligatory mention for another Diane Warren song from the drama “Four Good Days.” With 12 nominations and still no win, could this be the year she finally captures the gold?

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, Mar. 27, 2022.

Awards Season Calendar (2021-2022)

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ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

RANK

FILM

SONG

SONGWRITERS

1

“King Richard”

“Be Alive”

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson

2

“The Harder They Fall”

“Guns Go Bang”

Jeymes Samuel, Scott Mescudi, Shawn Carter

3

“Encanto”

“Dos Oruguitas”

Lin-Manuel Miranda

4

“Don’t Look Up”

“Just Look Up”

Nicholas Britell, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Taura Stinson

5

“No Time to Die”

“No Time to Die”

Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell

NEXT IN LINE

6

“Belfast”

“Down to Joy”

Van Morrison

7

“Annette”

“So May We Start”

Ron Mael, Russell Mael

8

“CODA”

“Beyond the Shore”

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

9

“Bruised”

“Automatic Woman”

H.E.R. (other songwriters to be added)

10

“Respect”

“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)”

Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King

ALSO IN CONTENTION

11

“Four Good Days”

“Somehow You Do”

Diane Warren

12

“Sing 2”

“Your Song Save My Life”

Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.

13

“Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road”

“Right Where I Belong”

Brian Wilson, Jim James

14

“Dear Evan Hansen”

“The Anonymous Ones”

Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Amandla Stenberg

15

“Cinderella”

“Dream Girl”

Idina Menzel, Laura Veltz

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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