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Forty-One Contenders for Best Original Song Oscar Nominations

by Anne Thompson
December 15, 2010 7:15 AM
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Forty-one songs (listed below) are eligible for Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. Voting members will view/listen to clips of each song on January 6, and members unable to attend will receive DVD copies of the same clips. The songs must contain original lyrics and music and must have been made specially for their films. The Academy's qualifying and voting criteria is listed below. Nominees will be announced January 25.

127 Hours pictured; A. R. Rahman's "If I Rise" is among the contenders.

     

The original songs are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:
 

“Alice” from “Alice in Wonderland”
“Forever One Love” from “Black Tulip”
“Freedom Song” from “Black Tulip”
“Bound to You” from “Burlesque”
“Welcome to Burlesque” from “Burlesque”
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from “Burlesque”
“There’s a Place for Us” from “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”
“Coming Home” from “Country Strong”
“Me and Tennessee” from “Country Strong”
“Despicable Me” from “Despicable Me”
“Prettiest Girls” from “Despicable Me”
“Dear Laughing Doubters” from “Dinner for Schmucks”
“Better Days” from “Eat Pray Love”
“If You Run” from “Going the Distance”
“Darkness before the Dawn” from “Holy Rollers”
“Sticks & Stones” from “How to Train Your Dragon”
“Le Gris” from “Idiots and Angels”
“Chanson Illusionist” from “The Illusionist”
“Never Say Never” from “The Karate Kid”
“To the Sky” from “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”
“What If” from “Letters to Juliet”
“Life during Wartime” from “Life during Wartime”
“Made in Dagenham” from “Made in Dagenham”
“Little One” from “Mother and Child”
“Be the One” from “The Next Three Days”
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours”
“When You See Forever” from “The Perfect Game”
“I Remain” from “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”
“Dream Big” from “Pure Country 2: The Gift”
“How I Love You” from “Ramona and Beezus”
“Darling I Do” from “Shrek Forever After”
“Noka Oi” from “Six Days in Paradise”
“This Is a Low” from “Tamara Drewe”
“I See the Light” from “Tangled”
“Rise” from “3 Billion and Counting”
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3”
“Eclipse: All Yours” from “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
“Nothing” from “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too”
“A Better Life” from “Unbeaten”
“Shine” from “Waiting for ‘Superman’”
“The Reasons Why” from “Wretches & Jabberers”

Criteria:

"Following the screenings, members will determine the nominees by an averaged point system vote.  If no song receives an average score of 8.25 or more, there will be no nominees in the category.  If only one song achieves that score, it and the song receiving the next highest score shall be the two nominees.  If two or more songs (up to five) achieve that score, they shall be the nominees."
     
"Under Academy rules, a maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film.  If more than two songs from a film are in contention, the two songs with the most votes will be the nominees."
     
"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."   

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1 Comment

  • Ray Anselmo | December 16, 2010 2:32 AMReply

    Wow, what a ... lackluster list. My early guess is, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" wins in a walk. (Or, perhaps, a strut.)

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