First you should know that Sia has at least four eligible songs that could be nominated this year. Actually, she may have more and we just lost count. In either case, like the Best Actress race, Best Original Song has at least 10 superb recordings that could win in any year. The good news is that even if one of those excellent songs misses the cut they have a great shot at Grammy nominations a year from now. Additionally, many believe “Runnin'” from “Hidden Figures” will make the cut, but I think its sister song “I See A Victory” will somehow test better. Moreover, it would be shocking if neither earned a nod. [Jan 12]

TOP FIVE
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream”), “La La Land”
“City of Stars,” “La La Land”
“How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana”
“Running’” “Hidden Figures”
“Faith,” “Sing”

ALMOST THERE
“A Letter to the Free,” “13th”
“Angel By The Wings,” “The Eagle Huntress”
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” “Trolls”
“Drive It Like You Stole It,” “Sing Street”
“I’m Still Here,” “Miss Sharon Jones!”
“I See A Victory,” “Hidden Figures”
“You’re Welcome,” “Moana”
“We Know The Way,” “Moana”

LONGSHOTS
“Back to Life,” “Queen of “Katwe”
“Flicker,” “Audrie & Daisey”
“Go Now,” “Sing Street”
“The Great Beyond,” “Sausage Party”
“Never Give Up,” “Lion”
“Try Everything,” “Zootopia”
“The Rules Don’t Apply,” “Rules Don’t Apply”
“Waving Goodbye,” “The Neon Demon”

Gregory Ellwood’s Current Oscar Predictions:
Best Picture
Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Original Screenplay
Adapted Screenplay
Editing
Cinematography 
Production Design
Animated Feature Film
Foreign Language Film
Documentary Feature
Original Score
Original Song
Costume Design
Makeup and Hairstyling
Visual Effects
Sound Mixing
Sound Editing