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Oscar Music Eligibility Lists Revealed: ‘Soul’ In, ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Out
Voters from the Academy’s approximately 375-member music branch will choose 15 songs and 15 scores for the shortlists (to be announced Feb. 9) that will be the basis for final voting for the five nominees in each category. The Academy qualified 105 songs and 136 scores.
Variety, February 1

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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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I don't know if there is any wisdom to be gleaned from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, but, just in case:

  • OUTSTANDING SCORE – FEATURE FILM
    NEWS OF THE WORLD (Universal Pictures / Netflix) – James Newton Howard
  • OUTSTANDING SCORE – INDEPENDENT FILM
    MINARI (A24) – Emile Mosseri
  • OUTSTANDING SCORE – ANIMATED FILM
    SOUL (Walt Disney Studios) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste
  • OUTSTANDING SCORE – SCI-FI/FANTASY
    TENET (Warner Bros. / HBO Max) – Ludwig Göransson
  • OUTSTANDING SCORE – HORROR FILM
    THE INVISIBLE MAN (Universal Pictures) – Benjamin Wallfisch
  • OUTSTANDING SCORE – DOCUMENTARY
    DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET (Netflix) – Steven Price
  • OUTSTANDING SCORE – INDEPENDENT FILM (FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
    BLIZZARD OF SOULS (DVĒSEĻU PUTENIS) (Access – A / Pandastorm) – Lolita Ritmanis 
  • OUTSTANDING SOUNDTRACK ALBUM
    PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (Capitol Records)
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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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The shortlist, with the ones I have seen in bold:

  • “Ammonite”
  • “Blizzard of Souls”
  • “Da 5 Bloods”
  • “The Invisible Man”
  • “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”
  • “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”
  • “The Little Things”
  • “Mank”
  • “The Midnight Sky”
  • “Minari”
  • “Mulan”
  • “News of the World”
  • “Soul”
  • “Tenet”
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Notably, all but two of the Hollywood Media in Music Award winners are here on the shortlist, the exceptions being the documentary winner and the "soundtrack album" winner, which, now that I think about it, I'm guessing was a collection of pop songs rather than a musical score, per se.

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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I somehow missed the fact that there is a Society of Lyricists and Composers, and that they gave their award in this category to Soul. (They also gave an award to Blizzard of Souls for best original score for an *independent* film, but that film isn't nominated for the Oscar.)

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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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