Oscar Buzz: 2024 Nominees for Best Original Song

Published January 23, 2024

The race for the 2024 Oscar for Best Original Song features a lineup of former winners and celebrated musicians. Billie Eilish, Finneas, Jon Batiste, and Mark Ronson, all past Oscar recipients, are nominated again, vying for the coveted award at the 96th Academy Awards. The ceremony will be airing live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on ABC, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on March 3.

Billie Eilish and Finneas Back in the Spotlight

Eilish and Finneas, who grabbed their first Oscar in 2022 for the James Bond theme 'No Time to Die,' are nominated this time for 'What Was I Made For?' from the motion picture Barbie. This number is one of two songs from Barbie that are contending in this category, showcasing the film's musical impact.

Mark Ronson's 'I'm Just Ken'

Ryan Gosling delivers a memorable performance of 'I'm Just Ken' in Barbie. Co-written by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt, the song is now up for an Oscar. Ronson and Wyatt, who earlier won for 'Shallow' in A Star Is Born, are looking forward to another successful night at the Oscars. Gosling's portrayal of Ken and the song's success reflect a standout musical moment from the year.

Jon Batiste and Diane Warren Aim for Oscar Gold

Jon Batiste, after winning for the Soul score in 2020, teams up with Dan Wilson for their heartfelt song 'It Never Went Away' from the documentary American Symphony. Meanwhile, legendary songwriter Diane Warren is nominated once more for 'The Fire Inside' sung by Becky G for the film Flamin' Hot. Warren is yet to clinch her first Oscar, despite a celebrated history of multiple nominations.

Additional Nominees and Past Wins

Other notable nominees include 'Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People)' by the Osage Tribal Singers from Killers of the Flower Moon, reinforcing the Oscars' diversity in film music. Reflecting on 2023, the Oscar winners for Best Original Song were M.M. Keeravani and Chandrabose for 'Naatu Naatu' from RRR, marking a historical win for a non-English song since 2009.

As the awards draw near, each nominated song, with its unique backstory and emotional depth, showcases the power of music in storytelling and cinema, making the anticipation for the winner reveal all the more exciting.

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