Oscars Predictions: Best Original Song – Beyoncé and Jay-Z Could Make History Competing Against Each Other

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UPDATED: Oct 7, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Under his real name Shawn Carter, Grammy-winning rapper and record executive Jay-Z serves as one of the film’s producers, in addition to Samuel, three-time Oscar-nominee Lawrence Bender (“Pulp Fiction,” “Good Will Hunting” and “Inglourious Basterds”) and recent Emmy nominee James Lassiter (Netflix’s “Cobra Kai”). There isn’t a long list of rappers-turned-Oscar-winners, which only includes Eminem (original song for “Lose Yourself” from “8 Mile”), Three 6 Mafia (original song for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle and Flow”) and Common (original song for “Glory” from “Selma”). Kendrick Lamar was the most recent nominee for “All the Stars” from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” which was nominated for song, record and album of the year at the Grammys. This soundtrack can easily follow suit with its massive and sensational tracks.

An interesting note is Hova’s longtime wife Beyoncé is also in the Oscar race this year for her original song in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “King Richard” (titled “Be Alive”). More than a dozen couples have been nominated the same year, for either the same film or separate, such as Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”), but none have competed against one another. Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”) and Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”) nearly did in 2020, but were both snubbed for directing. Original song could become one of the hottest races in town if they are both recognized.

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Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

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