Some of the celebrities that have been named to the 2023 Oscars Shortlist include Drake, Rihanna, and The Weeknd.
The Weeknd’s surprising late addition was due to his song “Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength)” from the Avatar: The Way Of Water album. Rihanna was added for her song “Lift Me Up” off the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.
The movie came out on December 16. Abel Tesfaye received his first Oscar nomination in 2015 for the song “Earned It,” which is included on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. This is his second nomination. Due to his co-writing work on the song “Time” from the David O. Russell movie Amsterdam, Drizzy made an equally surprising entry on the list.
Kendrick Lamar, who attempted to be considered for best live-action short film for his “We Cry Together” music video, was conspicuously omitted from the list. K. Dot expressed his sincere desire that the voter response to the short film in a recent interview.
“So in writing, I say: ‘Okay, how can I make this feel personal, but also holding up a mirror as a collective concept, rather than just a personal concept,’” he explained.
“I wanted to bring that drama because, at the end of the day, whether we like it or not — the good, the bad and the ugly, the pros and cons — that’s what makes everything evolve.”
“It challenged me to actually live in what I was writing, and really be there and be present with Taylour [Paige],” Kendrick added. “And I remember us going back and forth and feeling like, damn, I understand this character even more because I’m evoking the energy from it and the passion from it because it’s alive, and it’s direct.”