Lady Gaga & Troye Sivan Make The Shortlist For The 2019 Oscars

It is shaping up to be a contentious race for the title of Best Original Song at the 2019 Oscars. Yesterday (December 17), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the shortlist of contenders in the running for the honor. After sifting through 90 entries, they whittled the list of candidates down to 15. Chief amongst them is Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born duet, “Shallow.” If nominated, we should expect a performance from the pair at the show. However, Mother Monster has some stiff competition. Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s Black Panther contribution “All The Stars” has also generated some early buzz. Meanwhile, my personal favorite is Troye Sivan and Jónsi’s “Revelation” from Boy Erased.

Written with assistance from Leland, the latter is a heartfelt and well-deserving anthem. Hopefully it makes it to the final round. Musical legend Dolly Parton is also in the running with “Girl In The Movies” off the Dumplin’ soundtrack. Another to keep an eye on is Jennifer Hudson and Diane Warren’s “I’ll Fight.” The soaring midtempo landed in the Ruth Bader Ginsburg film, RBG. Notably absent is Kesha’s “Here Comes The Change” off the other RBG biopic, On The Basis Of Sex. It is particularly stinging snub considering she was also overlooked for the 2019 Golden Globes. We’ll find out which of the songs make it to the final round on January 22.

Only 5 of the 15 will be in the running for the top honor come February 24. In the meantime, check out the top 15 candidates below!

Best Original Song shortlist:

Willie Watson, Tim Blake Nelson and Willie Watson – “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs)

Sampha – “Treasure” (Beautiful Boy)

Kendrick Lamar and SZA – “All The Stars” (Black Panther)

Jónsi and Troye Sivan – “Revelation” (Boy Erased)

Dolly Parton – “Girl in the Movies” (Dumplin’)

Arlissa – “We Won’t Move” (The Hate U Give)

Emily Blunt – “The Place Where Lost Things Go” (Mary Poppins Returns)

Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda – “Trip A Little Light Fantastic” (Mary Poppins Returns)

Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan and Mark Ronson – “Keep Reachin’” (Quincy)

Jennifer Hudson and Diane Warren – “I’ll Fight” (RBG)

Gal Gadot and Sarah Silverman – “A Place Called Slaughter Race” (Ralph Breaks the Internet)

The Coup and Lakeith Stanfield – “OYAHYTT” (Sorry to Bother You)

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – “Shallow” (A Star is Born)

Thom Yorke – “Suspirium” (Suspiria)

Sade – “The Big Unknown” (Widows)

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