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Oscar Eligible Song List Includes Performers Brad Paisley, Sinead O'Connor, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Pink and Muppets

by Anne Thompson
December 19, 2011 7:39 PM
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The Oscar song category loves popular music stars, animated films and musicals. So of the 39 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures in contention for Oscar nominations in the Original Song category, expect the five likely to be announced on nominations morning (it could be fewer) to feature either Elton John or Lady Gaga or both (animated "Gnomeo & Juliet"), Luciano Pavarotti ("In the Land of Blood and Honey"), Pink ("Happy Feet Two"), Chris Cornell ("Machine Gun Preacher'), Brad Paisley ("Cars 2") or Sinead O'Connor ("Albert Nobbs"). "The Muppets," with songs by songwriter Bret McKenzie of "The Conchords" fame, could wind up with several.

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:
    •    "The World I Knew" from "African Cats"
    •    "Lay Your Head Down" from "Albert Nobbs"
    •    "Star Spangled Man" from "Captain America: The First Avenger"
    •    "Collision of Worlds" from "Cars 2"
    •    "Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu" from "DAM999"
    •    "DAM999 Theme Song" from "DAM999"
    •    "Mujhe Chod Ke" from "DAM999"
    •    "Rainbird" from "Dirty Girl"
    •    "Keep On Walking" from "The First Grader"
    •    "Where the River Goes" from "Footloose"
    •    "Hello Hello" from "Gnomeo & Juliet"
    •    "Love Builds a Garden" from "Gnomeo & Juliet"
    •    "Bridge of Light" from "Happy Feet Two"
    •    "The Mighty Sven" from "Happy Feet Two"
    •    "Never Be Daunted" from "happythankyoumoreplease"
    •    "Hell and Back" from "Hell and Back Again"
    •    "The Living Proof" from "The Help"
    •    "Coeur Volant" from "Hugo"
    •    "It's How We Play" from "I Don't Know How She Does It"
    •    "When the Heart Dies" from "In the Land of Blood and Honey"
    •    "Ja Nao Estar" from "José and Pilar"
    •    "The Keeper" from "Machine Gun Preacher"
    •    "Life's a Happy Song" from "The Muppets"
    •    "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets"
    •    "Pictures in My Head" from "The Muppets"
    •    "Summer Song" from "The Music Never Stopped"
    •    "Imaginary Friends" from "Olive"
    •    "Sparkling Day" from "One Day"
    •    "Taking You with Me" from "Our Idiot Brother"
    •    "The Greatest Song I Ever Heard" from "POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold"
    •    "Hot Wings" from "Rio"
    •    "Let Me Take You to Rio" from "Rio"
    •    "Real in Rio" from "Rio"
    •    "Shelter" from "Take Shelter"
    •    "Gathering Stories" from "We Bought a Zoo"
    •    "Pop" from "White Irish Drinkers"
    •    "Think You Can Wait" from "Win Win"
    •    "The Backson Song" from "Winnie the Pooh"
    •    "So Long" from "Winnie the Pooh"

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  • Fred | January 4, 2012 11:07 PMReply

    Check out the Shillaly Brothers' "Pop" from White Irish Drinkers. Powerful song that fits beautifully with a great film and ending.

  • John Bonazzo | December 19, 2011 8:19 PMReply

    Personally I'm rooting for Muppets or Gnomeo. One question: How can Blood and Honey feature an original song from Luciano Pavarotti when he's been dead for more than four years? Thanks- love the blog, great resource!

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