After months of anticipation, the Academy Awards nominations are finally in, and some of our favorite artists made it to the best original song field. Songs from Barbie: The Album are leading the way, with “I’m Just Ken”, and “What Was I Made For?” both making the cut.
“What Was I Made For?”, written by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, is one of the main contenders for this award, after winning the Golden Globe in the same category. This duo earned their second nod in the best original song field just two years after winning the Oscar for the James Bond theme song “No Time to Die”.
“What Was I Made For?” will have to face tough competition in the fellow Barbie tune “I’m Just Ken”, written by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt and performed by Ryan Gosling. Ronson and Wyatt are also former recipients of the best original song Oscar for “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, which they co-wrote with Lady Gaga and Anthony Rossomando.
The list of nominees in this category will also include “The Fire Inside” by Diane Warren from Flamin’ Hot, “It Never Went Away” by Jon Batiste and Dan Wilson from American Symphony, and “Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People)” by Osage Tribal Singers from Killers of the Flower Moon.
The winners will be announced on March 10, when the Academy Awards are set to return to LA’s Dolby Theatre, with Jimmy Kimmel serving as the host.