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The Academy has just dropped its best song/score Oscar shortlists

Love a good soundtrack: The 2024 Oscar shortlists spotlight luminaries like Dua Lipa, Ryan Gosling, Billie Eilish, Ludwig Göransson and John Williams

In the movie scene, soundtracks are like the unsung heroes. They bring a je nes se quoi to films, making them way more memorable. It’s like the secret sauuce on your fav burger, and we here at Happy mag are totally here for it.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just dropped its shortlists for the 2024 Oscar nominees, giving a nod to outstanding talent in categories such as Best Original Song and Best Original Score.

ryan gosling ken the ep oscar nomination

Notable Oscar nominations go to the Barbie film’s Dua Lipa, Ryan Gosling, and Billie Eilish, original compositions, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Can’t Catch Me Now” and the collaborative effort of Metro Boomin, A$AP Rocky, and Roisee in “Am I Dreaming” from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

The Oscar for Best Original Score shortlist includes Ludwig Göransson, for his work on Oppenheimer, alongside seasoned maestros like John Williams and Robbie Robertson, adding their musical chops to the illustrious lineup.

Best Original Song Shortlist:

  1. Jon Batiste – “It Never Went Away” (American Symphony)
  2. Jarvis Cocker – “Dear Alien (Who Art In Heaven)” (Asteroid City)
  3. Dua Lipa – “Dance The Night” (Barbie)
  4. Ryan Gosling – “I’m Just Ken” (Barbie)
  5. Billie Eilish – “What Was I Made For?” (Barbie)
  6. Halle Bailey and Phylicia Pearl Mpasi – “Keep It Movin’” (The Color Purple)
  7. Fantasia – “Superpower (I)” (The Color Purple)
  8. Becky G – “The Fire Inside” (Flamin’ Hot)
  9. Eve Hewson & Orén Kinlan – “High Life” (Flora and Son)
  10. Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Eve Hewson – “Meet In The Middle” (Flora and Son)
  11. Olivia Rodrigo – “Can’t Catch Me Now” (The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes)
  12. Osage Tribal Singers – “Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)” (Killers of the Flower Moon)
  13. Sharon Van Etten – “Quiet Eyes” (Past Lives)
  14. Lenny Kravitz – “Road To Freedom” (Rustin)
  15. Metro Boomin x A$AP Rocky x Roisee – “Am I Dreaming” (Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse)

Best Original Score Shortlist:

  1. Laura Karpman – American Fiction
  2. Jon Batiste – American Symphony
  3. Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt – Barbie
  4. Joe Hisaishi – The Boy and the Heron
  5. Kris Bowers – The Color Purple
  6. Thomas Newman – Elemental
  7. Mark Orton – The Holdovers
  8. John Williams – Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  9. Robbie Robertson – Killers of the Flower Moon
  10. Ludwig Göransson – Oppenheimer
  11. Jerskin Fendrix – Poor Things
  12. Anthony Willis – Saltburn
  13. Michael Giacchino – Society of the Snow
  14. Daniel Pemberton – Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  15. Mica Levi – The Zone of Interest

Anticipation now builds as the finalists for each category, along with the complete roster of 2024 Oscar nominees, will be revealed on January 23rd. The climactic moment will unfold during the televised ceremony slated for March 10th, where the winners shall claim their well-deserved accolades.