Beyonce's 'Lion King' Song Didn't Land an Oscars Nom and the Beyhive Has Thoughts
The nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards are here -- and with them come a few surprises, including one glaring snub standing out in the musical categories.
On Monday morning (Jan. 13), Issa Rae and John Cho read through the list of contenders and revealed that many of the movies that dominated the winners list of prior awards shows are up for the major music honors.
The best original song race features Elton John and Bernie Taupin's latest for the Rocketman soundtrack, "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," as well as Frozen 2's "Into the Unknown" and Randy Newman's contribution to Toy Story 4, "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" -- but there was no mention of Beyoncé's Lion King track "Spirit," which was originally shortlisted in the category, and the internet was shocked, to say the least.
Another musical powerhouse was also noticeably absent from this year's list of nominees, though in an acting cateogry: Jennifer Lopez, whose performance in Hustlers was heralded by critics and garnered nominations at other prestigious awards shows, was not recognized in the best supporting actress field.
Here's the full list of music nominees for the 2020 Academy Awards:
"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" (Toy Story 4) — Randy Newman
"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" (Rocketman) — Elton John & Bernie Taupin
"I'm Standing With You" (Breakthrough) — Diane Warren
"Into the Unknown" (Frozen 2) — Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez
"Stand Up" (Harriet) — Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo
Best original score
1917, Thomas Newman
Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir
Little Women, Alexandre Desplat
Marriage Story, Randy Newman
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams
The Academy Awards will broadcast live from Los Angeles on Feb. 9 on ABC.
Check out some of the reactions to Bey's snub below:
All I can say is... Beyoncé— Broderick Hunter (@BroderickHunter) January 13, 2020
don't even get me STARTED on how Beyoncé was snubbed for 'Spirit.' --— Erin B. Logan (@erinblogan) January 13, 2020
only one that was snubbed off of this list was beyonce.. https://t.co/lK1Ni22lHo— ------------ (@treadcarefuIy) January 13, 2020
Omg they snubbed beyonce --lion king https://t.co/rS1V8dxOvy— Marcel (@MalikoChizzy) January 13, 2020