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Seventy-Five Songs Qualify for Oscar Contention; Frontrunners

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 16, 2013 at 7:05PM

Original Oscar songs are always a strange amalgam of pop songs crafted for credit sequences and organic original songs that help to tell a film's story. Animated musicals tend to do well, natch, so "Frozen"'s tour-de-force set piece "Let It Go" is looking like a favorite to wind up in the final five to be announced on Oscar nominations morning, January 16.
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Original Oscar songs are always a strange amalgam of pop songs crafted for credit sequences and organic original songs that help to tell a film's story. Animated musicals tend to do well, natch, so "Frozen"'s tour-de-force set piece "Let It Go" is looking like a favorite to wind up in the final five to be announced on Oscar nominations morning, January 16. "Shine Your Way" from "The Croods" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2" are also strong contenders.

Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length 2013 motion pictures will contend for nominations in the Original Song category for the 86th Oscars. 

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 and their films are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title:

This article is related to: Awards, Awards Season Roundup, Awards, Oscars


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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.