The Academy released nine award shortlists today with Pharrell Williams’ “Letter To My Godfather” from The Black Godfather, Beyoncé’s “Spirit” from The Lion King soundtrack alongside Thom Yorke’s “Daily Battles” from Motherless Brooklyn, , Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Never Too Late” from The Lion King, Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman and Randy Newman’s “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4, check out the rest of today’s shortlists below. Voting for the 92nd Academy Awards will begin on January 2.
Pharrell Williams – Letter To My Godfather (The Black Godfather)
Naomi Scott – Speechless (Aladdin)
Chrissy Metz – I’m Standing With You (Breakthrough)
Da Bronx (The Bronx USA)
Idina Menzel & Aurora – Into The Unknown (Frozen 2)
Cynthia Erivo – Stand Up (Harriet)
Dillon Francis – Catchy Song feat. feat. T-Pain & That Girl Lay Lay (The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part)
Elton John – Never Too Late (The Lion King)
Beyoncé – Spirit (The Lion King)
Thom Yorke & Flea – Daily Battles (Motherless Brooklyn)
Woo-Sik Choi – A Glass of Soju (Parasite)
Elton John, Taron Egerton – (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (Rocketman)
Kathryn Bostic – High Above The Water (Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am)
Randy Newman – I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away (Toy Story 4)
Jessie Buckley – Glasgow (Wild Rose)
Two-time Oscar nominee Pharrell Williams (“Happy,” “Hidden Figures”) could be acknowledged again for the song he wrote and sings at the end of “The Black Godfather,” the Netflix documentary about Clarence Avant, the veteran music executive who has been influential in so many careers. Avant’s daughter Nicole (former U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas), interested in a possible song for the end credits, invited Williams to a screening.
“I thought I knew this man’s legacy,” he says. “I knew that he was well respected in the music industry, but I didn’t know what got him that respect, the propulsion he put into so many careers, things that changed the trajectory for people of color.” He came up with a song in 6/8: “A lot of music when he started out was in 6/8, or in 4/4 but it was swinging,” Williams says. “I tried to use familiar elements but in a way that people hadn’t heard before,” including a wide array of sounds (real voices, live musicians, electronic manipulation) that represent popular music as heard throughout Avant’s 88 years.
Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo have recorded an original song for the new Netflix documentary The Black Godfather. The song, entitled Letter To My Godfather released as a digital single by Epic Records. The Black Godfather is produced and directed by Reginald Hudlin and follows the life of Clarence Avant, the ultimate, uncensored mentor and behind-the-scenes rainmaker in music, film, TV and politics. The documentary will be released in select theaters and on Netflix. Check out the tune below and make sure to get it on iTunes.
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