This week, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlists in consideration for the 91st Oscars in nine categories, including Music (Original Score and Original Song). To see the complete list of shortlisted scores and songs, click here.

Announced this week were new composer assignments for Ludwig Goransson (The Mandalorian), Bear McCreary (Rim of the World) and Ramin Djawadi (The Queen's Corgi), among many others. For the full list of composer and music supervisor assignments from this week, click here.

Over 30 new soundtrack albums were released this week. Click here for the full schedule.

Opening in theaters nationwide this week are (with music by): Aquaman (Rupert Gregson-Williams), Bumblebee (Dario Marianelli), Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman), Second Act (Michael Andrews) and Welcome to Marwen (Alan Silvestri). Expanding nationwide are The Favourite (no original score) and Mary Queen of Scots (Max Richter).

We are tracking song credits for the following new theatrical releases:
-Aquaman (9 songs)
-Bumblebee (29 songs)
-The Favourite (23 songs)
-Mary Poppins Returns (14 songs)
-Mary Queen of Scots (1 song)
-Second Act (31 songs)
-Welcome to Marwen (16 songs)

The following composers are celebrating their birthdays within the next week:
- David Michael Frank (Hard to Kill, Out for Justice) is turning 70 today.
- Christian Henson (The Devil's Double, Triangle) is turning 47 on Tuesday, December 25.
- Ira Newborn (Planes, Trains & Automobiles, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!) is turning 69 on Wednesday, December 26.
- Roger Neill (Beginners, 20th Century Women) is turning 55 on December 26.