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Beyoncé and Pharrell shortlisted for Oscars, Taylor Swift snubbed

“Spirit,” Beyoncé’s Lion King song, could win an Oscar; Swift’s Cats song could not.

December 16, 2019
Beyoncé and Pharrell shortlisted for Oscars, Taylor Swift snubbed Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney / Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Beyoncé, Thom Yorke, Elton John, Pharrell and more have been shortlisted for the Best Original Song Oscar, to be awarded at the 92nd Academy Awards. Five songs from the currently 15-track shortlist will be eventually nominated for the official ceremony, to be held early next year. Songs nominated include “Spirit,” Beyoncé’s Lion King track; Pharrell and Chad Hugo’s Black Godfather song “Letter to My Godfather;” Yorke’s Motherless Brooklyn song “Daily Battles;” and songs by Elton John from both The Lion King and Rocketman. View the full shortlist here.

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Notably, the list does not include Taylor Swift, whose original song for the upcoming Cats adaptation, “Beautiful Ghosts,” was eligible for the award. I guess Taylor will have to look to get the O in her EGOT next year!

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Beyoncé and Pharrell shortlisted for Oscars, Taylor Swift snubbed