All the Music Stuff at the 2018 Oscars You Need to Know

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via Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images for ARIA

On Tuesday morning, the 2018 Oscar nominees were announced and while this ain’t music’s big night out—that title is reserved for the Grammys, which are literally this Sunday, January 28, oh god, can you believe it, I’m so excited—there’s some sonic stuff happening, and you should know about it. Here are the (big and few!) musical moments to pay attention to:


Dunkirk, the Harry Styles Movie, is up for a bunch of stuff:

To other folks, it’s the fantastic WWII film directed by the ever-talented Christopher Nolan; to us life-long One Direction fans, it’s Harry’s big break. The movie is up for a bunch of awards, literally eight, including: Best Picture, Best Director (that’s Nolan), Best Cinematography (the man in charge there is Hoyte van Hoytema), Film Editing (Lee Smith), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design and of course, original score, courtesy Hans Zimmer—literally the Lion King dude. Nice. If only there was a Best Boy award...


It’s worth noting, too, that Styles did not lock in any Grammy noms for his solo debut, so let’s hope Dunkirk takes something home in his honor, eh? To be fair, no white guys did, really.

Mary J. Blige is up for Best Supporting Actress and Original Song:

R&B hero and recent Hollywood Walk of Fame Star recipient Mary J. Blige is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mudbound, and Original Song for her musical contribution to the film, “Mighty River.” Why is this noteworthy? Well, MJB is the first person—ever—to score noms in both acting and music categories. It’s nuts, dude.


The Original Score category nominees were announced:

“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood (from Radiohead! Really!)
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell



As were the Original Song picks:

“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens (for all you indie rock nerds—yes! That Sufjan Stevens!)
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul



We’ll keep you posted on how this plays out. Some questions to consider before the big hoopla: Will there really be justice for Coco? Is Harry Styles going to be there? Will Dunkirk do so well, he’ll give up on music and become a serious actor type forever and always? What will happen with all of Mary J.’s awards? Will she EGOT (earn an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) someday soon? Will Harry Styles and Mary J. Blige take a photo together for me to cherish until the day I die? Only time will tell.

Senior Writer, Jezebel. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out now.

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