Oscars 2024 Best Original Song Shortlist Announced

Published December 21, 2023

The road to the Academy Awards has just edged closer for a number of artists, as the shortlist for the Best Original Song category at the upcoming 2024 Oscars has been unveiled, revealing some of the most talked-about tracks from recent movies that are now in the running for the coveted golden statuette.

Stars on the Shortlist

Among the potential nominees, Ryan Gosling's track "I’m Just Ken" from the movie Barbie has made it onto the prestigious list, sharing the spotlight with two other songs from the same film—Billie Eilish's "What Was I Made For?" and Dua Lipa's "Dance The Night". Billie Eilish is no stranger to Oscar glory, having won previously for her song "No Time To Die" from the James Bond film of the same name.

Additionally, Olivia Rodrigo's powerful ballad "Can’t Catch Me Now" from The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is also in contention, showcasing the young artist's growing influence in both the music and film industries. Another song to watch is the intriguingly titled "Dear Alien (Who Art In Heaven)" from the film Asteroid City.

Complete Shortlist Revealed

The announcement of the shortlist indeed presents an eclectic mix of musical talents and movie themes. The full roster of songs aiming for Oscar success includes emotional ballads, upbeat dance tracks, and heartfelt anthems. They are as follows:

"It Never Went Away" from American Symphony
"Dear Alien (Who Art In Heaven)" from Asteroid City
"Dance The Night" from Barbie
"I’m Just Ken" from Barbie
"What Was I Made For?" from Barbie
"Keep It Movin'" from The Color Purple
"Superpower (I)" from The Color Purple
"The Fire Inside" from Flamin’ Hot
"High Life" from Flora and Son
"Meet In The Middle" from Flora and Son
"Can’t Catch Me Now" from The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
"Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)" from Killers of the Flower Moon
"Quiet Eyes" from Past Lives
"Road To Freedom" from Rustin
"Am I Dreaming" from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

As the motion picture industry awaits the awards ceremony with bated breath, fans of these artists and films will be rooting for their favorites when the Oscars air on March 10, 2024.

Oscars, Music, Nominees