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

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 19, 2011 at 7:39PM

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 include either Elton John or Lady Gaga or both...
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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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.