Oscar Predictions – Best Original Song

Here are the NBP staff predictions for Best Song. For an overview of all awards predictions, visit our Oscar Predictions page.

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NBP Staff Picks

Matt Neglia
1"Lift Me Up" (BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER)
2"Hold My Hand" (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
3"Applause" (TELL IT LIKE A WOMAN)
4"New Body Rhumba" (WHITE NOISE)
5"Naatu Naatu" (RRR)
6"Ciao Papa" (GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO)
7"Song Chord" (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)
8"This Is A Life" (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
9"Nobody Like U" (TURNING RED)
10"Love Is Not Love" (BROS)

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Dan Bayer
1"Hold My Hand" (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
2"Applause" (TELL IT LIKE A WOMAN)
3"New Body Rhumba" (WHITE NOISE)
4"Lift Me Up" (BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER)
5"Ciao Papa" (GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO)
6"Naatu Naatu" (RRR)
7"Love Is Not Love" (BROS)
8"Nobody Like U" (TURNING RED)
9"Carried Away" (LYLE LYLE CROCODILE)
10"(You Made It Feel Like) Home" (BONES AND ALL)

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Zoe Rose Bryant
1"Lift Me Up" (BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER)
2"Hold My Hand" (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
3"Naatu Naatu" (RRR)
4"Ciao Papa" (GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO)
5"Applause" (TELL IT LIKE A WOMAN)
6"Song Chord" (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)
7"Nobody Like U" (TURNING RED)
8"New Body Rhumba" (WHITE NOISE)
9"This Is A Life" (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
10"(You Made It Feel Like) Home" (BONES AND ALL)

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Danilo Castro
1"Hold My Hand" (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
2"Lift Me Up" (BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER)
3"Nobody Like U" (TURNING RED)
4"Heartbeat" (LYLE LYLE CROCODILE)
5"Sunny Side Up Summer" (THE BOB'S BURGERS MOVIE)
6"On My Way" (MARRY ME)
7"Carolina" (WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING)
8"Song Chord" (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)
9"Now We're Cookin'" (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
10"Good Tonight" (THE BAD GUYS)

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Nadia Dalimonte
1"Hold My Hand" (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
2"Lift Me Up" (BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER)
3"Ciao Papa" (GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO)
4"Naatu Naatu" (RRR)
5"Applause" (TELL IT LIKE A WOMAN)
6"Song Chord" (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)
7"New Body Rhumba" (WHITE NOISE)
8"Nobody Like U" (TURNING RED)
9"Love Is Not Love" (BROS)
10"Carolina" (WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING)

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Cody Dericks
1"Lift Me Up" (BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER)
2"Hold My Hand" (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
3"Ciao Papa" (GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO)
4"Naatu Naatu" (RRR)
5"Carolina" (WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING)
6"New Body Rhumba" (WHITE NOISE)
7"Song Chord" (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)
8"This Is A Life" (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
9"Keep Rising" (THE WOMAN KING)
10"Nobody Like U" (TURNING RED)

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Daniel Howat
1"Lift Me Up" (BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER)
2"Hold My Hand" (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
3"Nobody Like U" (TURNING RED)
4"Ciao Papa" (GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO)
5"This Is A Life" (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
6"Naatu Naatu" (RRR)
7"Carried Away" (LYLE LYLE CROCODILE)
8"New Body Rhumba" (WHITE NOISE)
9"Keep Rising" (THE WOMAN KING)
10"Applause" (TELL IT LIKE A WOMAN)

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Will Mavity
1"Hold My Hand" (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
2"Naatu Naatu" (RRR)
3"This Is A Life" (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
4"Carolina" (WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING)
5"Untitled" (CARMEN)
6"Keep Rising" (THE WOMAN KING)
7"Ciao Papa" (GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO)
8"Song Chord" (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)
9"Good Tonight" (THE BAD GUYS)
10"My Mind & Me" (SELENA GOMEZ: MY MIND & ME)

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Tom O'Brien
1"Lift Me Up" (BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER)
2"Hold My Hand" (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
3"Naatu Naatu" (RRR)
4"Nobody Like U" (TURNING RED)
5"New Body Rhumba" (WHITE NOISE)
6"This Is A Life" (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
7"Hold My Hand" (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
8"Love Is Not Love" (BROS)
9"Stand Up" (TILL)
10"Keep Rising" (THE WOMAN KING)

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Josh Parham
1"Naatu Naatu" (RRR)
2"Hold My Hand" (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
3"Lift Me Up" (BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER)
4"Nobody Like U" (TURNING RED)
5"Applause" (TELL IT LIKE A WOMAN)
6"Ciao Papa" (GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO)
7"New Body Rhumba" (WHITE NOISE)
8"Paper Airplanes" (A JAZZMAN'S BLUES)
9"Carolina" (WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING)
10"This Is A Life" (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)

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Ema Sasic
1"Lift Me Up" (BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER)
2"Hold My Hand" (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
3"Ciao Papa" (GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO)
4"New Body Rhumba" (WHITE NOISE)
5"Keep Rising" (THE WOMAN KING)
6"Naatu Naatu" (RRR)
7"Nobody Like U" (TURNING RED)
8"Carolina" (WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING)
9"Marry Me" (MARRY ME)
10"Good Tonight" (THE BAD GUYS)

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Amy Smith
1"Lift Me Up" (BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER)
2"Hold My Hand" (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
3"Nobody Like U" (TURNING RED)
4"New Body Rhumba" (WHITE NOISE)
5"Applause" (TELL IT LIKE A WOMAN)
6"Song Chord" (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)
7"Naatu Naatu" (RRR)
8"On My Way" (MARRY ME)
9"This Is A Life" (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
10"Ciao Papa" (GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO)

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