The 2021 Oscars are scheduled to take place April 25 (after being postponed last year), and today, the shortlists of music nominees have been revealed. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are shortlisted twice for their work Mank and their collaboration with Jon Batiste on Soul. They include Janelle Monáe, Mary J. Blige, H.E.R., Ludwig Göransson, Christina Aguilera, Alexandre Desplat, Robert Glasper, Sacha Baron Cohen, and more. Find the complete shortlists below.
John Legend and Diane Warren both have two entries on the Original Song list. Legend’s are from the films Giving Voice and Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, and Warren’s are from The Life Ahead and The One and Only Ivan. Legend previously won an Oscar for Selma’s “Glory.” Warren has not won an Oscar but has been nominated 11 times.
New rules for Oscar nominations dictate that films that debuted on streaming services are now eligible. A new set of eligibility requirements for Best Original Score allow for scores where “at least 60 percent” of the music is new.
At last year’s Oscars, Parasite won Best Picture, Hildur Guðnadóttir won Best Original Score for Joker, and Elton John won Best Original Song. The show featured performances from Janelle Monáe, Eminem, Randy Newman, Elton John, Cynthia Erivo, and Billie Eilish.
Best Original Song:
Janelle Monáe: “Turntables” from All In: The Fight for Democracy
Mary J. Blige: “See What You’ve Done” from Belly of the Beast
Sacha Baron Cohen: “Wuhan Flu” from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Will Ferrell and My Marianne: “Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
John Legend: “Never Break” from Giving Voice
Forest Whitaker & Anika Noni Rose: “Make It Work” from Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
H.E.R.: “Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
Laura Pausini: “lo Sì (Seen)” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
Emile Mosseri and Han Ye-ri: “Rain Song” from Minari
Robert Glasper: “Show Me Your Soul” from Mr. Soul!
Christina Aguilera: “Loyal Brave True” from Mulan
Charlie Puth: “Free” from The One and Only Ivan
Leslie Odom Jr.: “Speak Now” from One Night in Miami…
Abraham Marder: “Green” from Sound of Metal
Celeste: “Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Original Score:
Ammonite (Hauschka and Dustin O’Halloran)
Blizzard of Souls (Lolita Ritmanis)
Da 5 Bloods (Terence Blanchard)
The Invisible Man (Benjamin Wallfisch)
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (John Debney)
The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se) (Gabriel Yared)
The Little Things (Thomas Newman)
Mank (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
The Midnight Sky (Alexandre Desplat)
Minari (Emile Mosseri)
Mulan (Harry Gregson-Williams)
News of the World (James Newton Howard)
Soul (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste)
Tenet (Ludwig Göransson)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Daniel Pemberton)