Oscars shortlists: 4 movies sounded especially good to the music branch

Since 2019, members of the academy’s music branch have produced shortlists of 15 semi-finalists apiece for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. Four films merited spots on both lists: “Avatar: The Way of Water” (Song: “Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength)”); “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (“Lift Me Up”); “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (“This is a Life”); and “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” (“Ciao Papa”).

Of the 15 films to pull off this double act to date, 11 of them reaped at least one Oscar nomination in these races.

Three of them contended in both categories: both “Black Panther” and “Mary Poppins Returns” in 2019 and “Encanto” in 2022. Two of the double dippers contended only in Score: “Minari” and “Don’t Look Up.” Six were Song nominees: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Frozen II,” “The Life Ahead,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “King Richard,” and “No Time to Die.”

The only wins were for the “Black Panther” score and the title song from “No Time to Die.”

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