Check out the 2016 musical Oscar nominees


Nominations were announced for the 88th Academy Awards this morning, including for two of our favorite categories: Best Original Song and Best Original Score.

Listen to and learn more about this year’s musical nominees before tuning into the ceremony on February 28, 2016! 

Best Original Song

“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Mocco

The Top 5 single by Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, also earned GRAMMY nominations last month for Best R&B Song, Best R&B Performance and Best Compilation for Visual Media.

“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction
Music by J. Ralph; Lyric by Antony Hegarty

A popular documentary composer, J. Ralph has previously written and produced music for Man on WireThe Cove and Chasing Ice. This is his second nomination.

“Simple Song #3” from Youth
Music and Lyric by David Lang

Contemporary classical composer Lang, who was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in music, wrote the lyrics to Youth‘s emotional finale piece with the help of Google autocomplete.

“Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

This marks the eighth Oscar nomination for songwriter Warren, whose work includes Céline Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” and the first for Lady Gaga.

“Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Smith’s sprawling Bond theme, written in under half an hour, also recently picked up the Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

Best Original Score

Bridge of Spies
Thomas Newman

Newman, brother of Randy and son of Alfred, has received thirteen Oscar nominations for films such as The Shawshank RedemptionAmerican Beauty and Skyfall. Bridge of Spies is the first Spielberg film in nearly 30 years not scored by John Williams.

Carter Burwell

Best known as a frequent collaborator with the Coen Brothers, Burwell has scored all but two of their films, including Fargo, No Country for Old Men and True Grit. He also composed the music for 2016 Best Animated Feature Film nominee Anomalisa.

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Previously nominated for The Theory of Everything, Jóhannsson worked with a 55-piece orchestra to create the “subtle war music” envisioned by director Denis Villeneueve.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
John Williams

The renowned composer and conductor, who holds the world record for living person with the most Oscar nominations, picked up his 50th for the seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise. He won the third of his five Academy Awards in 1977 for the original film.

The Hateful Eight
Ennio Morricone

The legendary composer, best known for his work with Sergio Leone and Giuseppe Tornatore, turned down the Quentin Tarantino film until his wife read the screenplay and convinced him to take the job. A six-time Oscar nominee, he received an Academy Honorary Award in 2007 for his “magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.”

Additional congrats go to musical film and documentaries Straight Outta Compton (Best Original Screenplay), Amy (Best Documentary Feature) and What Happened, Miss Simone? (Best Documentary Feature) for their nominations!

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