While in the past the Oscars has been subject to criticism due to the more than disappointing exclusion of women and people of color across the board, this year proved different. With the nominations today, it was announced that Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig, both of whom were snubbed by the Golden Globes, were nominated for best director for Get Out and Lady Bird respectively. Both are nominations are historic as Gerwig is only the fifth female director and Peele the fifth black director to be nominated in the category.

Rachel Morrison became the first female director of photography to be nominated for Best Cinematography for the Netflix film Mudbound, The Shape of Water leads the nominations list with 13 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Production Design.

But of course, I kept scrolling straight down to see who was nominated for music and once again was happy to see I was not disappointed. While some viewers may not even realize it, music is one of the most vital elements of any film’s tone. It can increase suspense, change your mood and really transform a scene.

The playlist includes the Oscar nominees for Best Original Song and Best Original Score as well as some of my favorite soundtrack picks from the year. While the Oscar’s does not recognize soundtracks, films like Get Out, I,Tonya, Lady Bird and Baby Driver all featured some incredible tunes by artists ranging from Childish Gambino to Queen.

Check out the nominees for both music categories:

Best Original Score

Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer)
Phantom Thread (Jonny Greenwood)
The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (John Williams)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Carter Burwell)

Best Original Song

“Mighty River” (Mudbound)
Music and lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson

“The Mystery of Love” (Call Me by Your Name)
Music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens

“Remember Me” (Coco)
Music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“Stand Up for Something” (Marshall)
Music by Diane Warren, lyrics by Lonnie R. Lynn and Diane Warren

“This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman)
Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

My money is on Sufjan Stevens’ “The Mystery of Love” from Call Me By Your Name for Best Original Song because I could listen to that track forever but tune in on March 4th to see who wins in all categories. Listen to the playlist below


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