The 2023 Oscar’s Best Original Song shortlist has officially been released, featuring a blend of new indie artists and well-established pop stars.
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Whittled down from a long list of 81 initial nominees, this year’s 15-track shortlist includes, songs by Taylor Swift, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, LCD Soundsystem, Jazmine Sullivan, Mitski, and more.
Surprisingly this marks first-time Oscars noms for chart-toppers like Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift, who have been recognized for their respective contributions to the songs “Lift Me Up,” “My Mind & Me” and “Carolina” from the films Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me and Where the Crawdads Sing.
Additional newcomers to this year’s shortlist include Brooklyn rock band LCD Soundsystem with White Noise song “New Body Rhumba”; Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava with the song “Naatu Naatu” from S.S. Rajamouli’s smash action-drama RRR; and Jazmine Sullivan with the song “Stand Up” from Chinonye Chukwu's civil rights drama Till.
Returning to the list with the song “Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman is the 13-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren, sharing the nom with Sofia Carlson. Also back, unsurprising back, Lady Gaga — the 2019 A Star Is Born Oscar winner who is this time recognized for the Top Gun: Maverick tune “Hold My Hand.” Another superstar making his return is The Weeknd, previously earning himself a 2016 Original Song nom for Fifty Shades of Grey‘s “Earned It,” is back on the list for co-writing and performing “Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength)” from Avatar: The Way of Water.
Also on the list, previous Oscar winner for his score to 1987’s The Last Emperor, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne now recognized for his work with Son Lux and Mitski on “This Is a Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once. As well as two-time Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat with the song “Ciao Papa”from Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, performed by Gregory Mann; La La Land‘s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul with the Spirited song “Good Afternoon”; previous two time qualifier Rita Wilson with A Man Called Otto‘s “Til You’re Home”; Three-time Oscar nominee J. Ralph and Nora Jones with “Dust & Ash” from Mandana Biscotti’s documentary The Voice of Dust and Ash about musician Mohammad-Reza Shajarian’s courageous denunciations of the Iranian government; and Daniel Pemberton with the Amsterdam song “Time” performed by Giveon.
When all is said and done, only five tracks will remain and be revealed as nominees 95th edition of the Academy Awards on January 24. Winners will then be awarded during the televised ceremony scheduled to take place on March 12.
Check out the official 2023 Oscar shortlist for Best Original Song below.
Oscars 2023 Best Original Song Shortlist:
Giveon – “Time” (Amsterdam)
The Weeknd – “Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength)” (Avatar: The Way of Water)
Rihanna – “Lift Me Up” (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
Son Lux, Mitski, and David Byrne – “This Is A Life” (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
Gregory Mann – “Ciao Papa” (Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio)
Rita Wilson – “Til You’re Home” (A Man Called Otto)
Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava – “Naatu Naatu” (RRR)
Selena Gomez – “My Mind & Me” (Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me)
Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell – “Good Afternoon” (Spirited)
Sofia Carlson and Diane Warren – “Applause” (Tell It Like a Woman)
Jazmine Sullivan – “Stand Up” (Till)
Lady Gaga – “Hold My Hand” (Top Gun: Maverick)
Norah Jones and J. Ralph – “Dust & Ash” (The Voice of Dust and Ash)
Taylor Swift -“Carolina” (Where the Crawdads Sing)
LCD Soundsystem – “New Body Rhumba” from (White Noise)