Monday, February 5, 2024

Best Original Music & Song Nominees 2024

By José Alberto Hermosillo

The Music Branch of the Academy is in charge of voting for Best Original Song and Best Original Score. In 2024, the selection has been more difficult due to the enormous quality of the songs and soundtracks. 

The Music Branch is one of the most progressive branches of the Academy, which sometimes selects a controversial song that many are not pleased with, such as Eminem’s rap “Lose Yourself” from “8 Mille.” Uruguayan singer Jorge Drexler, with the song in Spanish, "Al otro lado del río," from "The Motorcycle Diaries." Two Hindu songs, one from “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Jai Ho,” and “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR,” both winners also created controversy. 

To select the Best Song winner, that particular song needs to speak about the story of the film in the lyrics and connect with the audience. 

The 96th Academy Awards Best Original Song winner will come with controversy and breaking record statistics, such as Diane Warren’s fourteen Oscar nominations, “The Fire Inside” from “Flamin’ Hot,” sung by Becky G. If she wins, it will be her first time; if she loses, she becomes one of the persons with the most nominated composer without a win in Academy history.

“I’m Just Ken” is the most popular song of all the five nominees, but lead singer Ryan Gosling does not want to perform during the Ceremony due to his disagreement with the Academy for declining to nominate “Barbie’s” director Greta Gerwin and lead actress and producer Margot Robbie.

“It Never Went Away” from multi-Grammy winner Jon Batiste has a long shot in this category. The theme song from the Netflix documentary “American Symphony” sought to earn a nomination for Best Documentary but managed to be nominated for Best Song.

“Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People”), from “Killers of the Flower Moon,” is the least known song, but it may take the gold when the Academy branch sometimes favors the underdog. 

“What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie” by Billie Eilish is the frontrunner, primarily for her most recent Grammy win for Song of the Year, Best Song Written for Visual Media, and a Golden Globe. Billie Eilish’s song “No Time to Die” won in 2021 for the James Bond movie with the same title. 

If both Barbie songs cancel each other, “The Fire Inside” can be the biggest surprise of the night. 


“The Fire Inside” from “Flamin’ Hot”
“I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie”
“It Never Went Away” from “American Symphony”
“Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People),” “Killers of the Flower Moon”
“What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie.”


“American Fiction”
“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”
“Killers of the Flower Moon”
“Poor Things”

“American Fiction,” Laura Karpman.

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