39 Songs Eligible for Best Song Oscar

Back in the summer, I posted on Facebook how excited I was to find two songs from films that I thought should be up for this year’s Academy Award. And those two songs–“Star Spangled Man” (CAPTAIN AMERICA) and “So Long” (WINNIE THE POOH)–will now vie against 37 others for Oscar’s five nomination slots.

As usual, there are a lot of songs and films on this list I have not heard or seen. And an eligibility list is certainly no indication of quality. It just means these 39 songs have passed the Music Branch’s rather ridiculous (and stringent) rules so far. Next, video clips from the songs’ actual spot in their respective films will be shown to the Academy’s Music Branch members in the annual “bake off” to vote for the final nominees.

The same odd rules apply to the voting process. From the official Oscar rulebook: “Nominations will be determined by an averaged point system of voting using 10, 9.5, 9, 8.5, 8, 7.5, 7, 6.5 or 6. Only those songs receiving an average score of 8.25 or more shall normally be eligible for nomination. There may not be more than five nominations. If no song receives an average score of 8.25 or more, there will be no nominees. 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.” Only two songs may be nominated from any given film, so at least one of THE MUPPETS songs will be left out of the three eligible.

My usual complaints about not listing the songwriters on the ballot and in press releases still applies. It does a disservice to the musicians involved. I’m also not a fan of the bake off. The five songs with the highest number of votes should be the nominees. The Music Branch continues to make this so much harder than it needs to be, all to the detriment of their members.

On the plus side, in addition to the songs from CAPTAIN AMERICA and WINNIE THE POOH that I mentioned above, I’m glad to see the songs from ALBERT NOBBS, HUGO and RIO making the list. There are some quality songs on this list. Whether or not they’ll make it to the final round in January remains to be seen.

  • “The World I Knew” from AFRICAN CATS
  • “Lay Your Head Down” from ALBERT NOBBS
  • “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
  • “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 JOSE 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
  • “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
  • “Think You Can Wait” from WIN WIN
  • “The Backson Song” from WINNIE THE POOH
  • “So Long” from WINNIE THE POOH


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