‘Black Panther,’ ‘Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Lead Oscar Song, Score Shortlists

“A Quiet Place,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “A Star Is Born” also make the list

Last Updated: December 17, 2018 @ 5:09 PM

“A Star Is Born,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Black Panther” and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” are among the films that remain in the running in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Best Original Song and Best Original Score categories, which revealed their shortlists on Monday.

In the Original Song category, where “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” is the presumed frontrunner, other songs on the 15-film shortlist include Kendrick Lamar’s “All the Stars” from “Black Panther,” Dolly Parton’s “Girl in the Movies” from “Dumplin’,” Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings’ “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” and two Marc Shaiman/Scott Wittman songs from “Mary Poppins Returns,” “The Place Where Lost Things Go” and “Trip a Little Light Fantastic.”

Other song contenders include Diane Warren for “I’ll Fight” from “RBG,” Boots Riley’s “OYAHYTT” from “Sorry to Bother You,” Quincy Jones’ “Keep Reachin'” from “Quincy” and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s “Suspirium” from “Suspiria.”

Alan Menken, who has won more Oscars than any other living person for his music to animated Disney films, is back with another nomination with the “Ralph Breaks the Internet” anthem “A Place Called Slaughter Race,” a song specifically patterned after many of his other Disney princess songs.

Songwriter and producer Mark Ronson had a hand in two of the shortlisted songs, “Shallow” and “Keep Reachin’.”

In the Original Score category, three of the movies that also received song nominations repeated: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Carter Burwell) “Black Panther” (Ludwig Goransson) and “Mary Poppins Returns” (Shaiman). Other nominated scored included “BlacKkKlansman,” “First Man,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Isle of Dogs.”

For the first time ever, the Academy didn’t systematically dole out the shortlists of films that remain in contention. Instead, they dropped all the lists at once in a single press release that trimmed the fields in Best Documentary Feature, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Song and six other categories.

The full list of Oscar nominees will be announced on Jan. 22.

Below are the short lists for Original Song and Original Score:

Music (Original Song)

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Treasure” from “Beautiful Boy”
“All The Stars” from “Black Panther”
“Revelation” from “Boy Erased”
“Girl In The Movies” from “Dumplin'”
“We Won’t Move” from “The Hate U Give”
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns”
“Trip A Little Light Fantastic” from “Mary Poppins Returns”
“Keep Reachin'” from “Quincy”
“I’ll Fight” from “RBG”
“A Place Called Slaughter Race” from “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“OYAHYTT” from “Sorry to Bother You”
“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”
“Suspirium” from “Suspiria”
“The Big Unknown” from “Widows”

Music (Original Score)

“Annihilation”
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Death of Stalin”
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
“First Man”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“A Quiet Place”
“Ready Player One”
“Vice”