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Oscars 2022: Best Original Song Predictions

The Oscar frontrunner: rising pop star Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell's “No Time to Die” from the latest Bond film.

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Round up the usual suspects. The insular Academy music branch is known for leaning into their regulars (see 13-time nominee Diane Warren’s song for little-seen Sundance indie “Four Good Days”), even if they passed up the opportunity to bring back “Let It Go” chanteuse Idina Menzel to sing “Dream Girl” from Amazon’s latest iteration of “Cinderella,” or the latest song from last year’s winner H.E.R., “Fight For You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

The Academy music branch also tends to fall for global pop stars who might turn up to perform at the Oscar kudocast. Inevitably, music stars scored nominations. Vying for his first is Northern Ireland’s Van Morrison, who supplied an entire soundtrack of hits for Kenneth Branagh’s ’60s film memoir “Belfast” (Focus Features), but wrote the original “Down to Joy” to open the movie.

Also looking for her first nod, amazingly, is Academy member Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, who delivered “Be Alive” with DIXSON for “King Richard” (Warner Bros./HBO Max), even if it didn’t set the Billboard music charts on fire.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” introduces Mirabel, a 15-year-old who lives with her family in the mountains of Colombia in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. Mirabel, a kind and humble teenager who puts the ordinary in extraordinary, struggles to fit in a family that’s blessed with magical powers. Featuring the voice of Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel, “Encanto” opens in theaters on Nov. 24, 2021. © 2021 Disney. All Rights Reserved.



The Oscar frontrunner continues to be rising pop star Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell’s “No Time to Die” from the latest James Bond film (MGM/UA), which was a global hit ($767 million worldwide), if not a Best Picture contender, and collected the Critics Choice win.

Animated musicals always land a song or two, in this case, EGOT-seeker Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto,” which also landed in Best Score. Amazingly, Disney did not submit Miranda’s viral smash single “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” but will allow the film to be performed on the Oscarcast anyway.

Oscar nominees are listed in order of their likelihood to win.


“No Time To Die” from “No Time to Die” (Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell)
“Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto” (Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda)
“Be Alive” from “King Richard” (Music and Lyric by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter)
“Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days” (Music and Lyric by Diane Warren)
“Down To Joy” from “Belfast” (Music and Lyric by Van Morrison)

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