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OSCARS NARROW SONG LIST TO 15

Billie Eilish, H.E.R., Brian Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda are among the songwriters whose songs from films have made the Oscar shortlist for the five nomination slots.

Eilish and FINNEAS’ James Bond theme, “No Time to Die,” is a front-runner for Best Original Song, having already won a Grammy and a Golden Globe. And last year’s winner, H.E.R., has made the cut of 15 finalists with “Automatic Woman” from Bruised.

The list is big on pop star power: Beyoncé has “Be Alive” from King Richard; Jay-Z, along with Kid Cudi and Jeymes Samuel, has “Guns Go Bang” from The Harder They Fall; and Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi (with Nicholas Britell and Taura Stinson) are vying with “Just Look Up” from Don’t Look Up.

Beach Boys creative genius Wilson, whose “Right Where I Belong” is in the documentary Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, is one of several veteran acts under consideration. Carole King is in the running with the number she wrote with Jennifer Hudson and Jamie Hartman for the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)”; Sparks has “So May We Start?” from Annette; and Van Morrison penned “Down to Joy” for Belfast. Diane Warren, a 12-time Oscar nominee who has yet to win, has “Somehow You Do” from Four Good Days.

Miranda will EGOT if he wins for “Dos Oruguitas” from the suddenly hot soundtrack to Disney’s Encanto. The other contender heard in an animated film is U2’s “Your Song Saved My Life” from Sing 2.

Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul return with “The Anonymous Ones” from Dear Evan Hansen. Marius de Vries and Sian Heder’s song for CODA, “Beyond the Shore,” and Idina Menzel’s “Dream Girls” from Cinderella have been slotted in as well.

Three music-related films made the documentary shortlist, Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry, Questlove’s Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) and Todd Haynes The Velvet Underground.

The Motion Picture Academy will announce the nominations on 2/8.

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