The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have revealed the 41 songs that are officially eligible for Best Original Song at the Oscars, which will hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway, on February 27th. Just like the visual effects category we spoke about the other day, the next task for the Academy is to whittle the number down into a manageable number for nominations. Awards Daily have the list in an alphabetical order. It's truly hard to find a stand out this year...
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 Havent Seen the Last of Me from Burlesque Theres 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 GaHoole 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 Perrys Why Did I Get Married Too A Better Life from Unbeaten Shine from Waiting for Superman The Reasons Why from Wretches & JabberersHere's the process the Academy uses to whittle these nominations down;
On Thursday, January 6, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in Los Angeles. 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. A DVD copy of the song clips will be made available to those branch members who are unable to attend the screening and who request it for home viewing. A mail-in ballot will be provided.Yes, you read that right. It is possible for there to be no nominations in this category! Why oh why do the Academy keep making their voting process so complicated? As I say, there are few stand-outs on the list. Perhaps "Little Child" from Mother & Child was the most memorable to me? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0pQSxiPjrA The Golden Globes this week chose as their five;
Bound To You from Burlesque Coming Home from Country Strong, I See The Light from Tangled, Theres a Place For Us from The Chronicles of Narnia You Havent Seen The Last of Me from BurlesqueSo perhaps you can call those favourite, even if it gives me a little shudder to the brain to think that Burlesque could win an Oscar! Personally I'm saddened there was no love for African Child or any of the other crazy songs Russell Brand's Aldous Snow got to sing in Get Him To The Greek! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHVHjlJr2X4