Leading contenders, per usual, often come from animated features (like "Brave" or "Frankenweenie") or musicals (like "Les Miserables") or are sung by major pop stars (Adele both co-wrote and performs the "Skyfall" theme song). Doc "Chasing Ice" song "Before My Time" is performed by Scarlett Johansson, while Paul Williams wrote a song for his own doc profile. Bon Jovi wrote and sang "Not Running Anymore" for "Standup Guys."
Voting members of the Music Branch will watch clips for the songs and vote in the order of their preference for not more than five in the category. The five with the most votes will be nominated for final voting for the award. The criteria are:
To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.
The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title: