Oscar 2011: Academy Reveal 41 Songs Eligible for Best Original Song

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...
€œAlice€ from €œAlice in Wonderland€ €œForever One Love€ from €œBlack Tulip€ €œFreedom Song€ from €œBlack Tulip€ €œBound to You€ from €œBurlesque€ €œWelcome to Burlesque€ from €œBurlesque€ €œYou Haven€™t Seen the Last of Me€ from €œBurlesque€ €œThere€™s a Place for Us€ from €œThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader€ €œComing Home€ from €œCountry Strong€ €œMe and Tennessee€ from €œCountry Strong€ €œDespicable Me€ from €œDespicable Me€ €œPrettiest Girls€ from €œDespicable Me€ €œDear Laughing Doubters€ from €œDinner for Schmucks€ €œBetter Days€ from €œEat Pray Love€ €œIf You Run€ from €œGoing the Distance€ €œDarkness before the Dawn€ from €œHoly Rollers€ €œSticks & Stones€ from €œHow to Train Your Dragon€ €œLe Gris€ from €œIdiots and Angels€ €œChanson Illusionist€ from €œThe Illusionist€ €œNever Say Never€ from €œThe Karate Kid€ €œTo the Sky€ from €œLegend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga€™Hoole€ €œWhat If€ from €œLetters to Juliet€ €œLife during Wartime€ from €œLife during Wartime€ €œMade in Dagenham€ from €œMade in Dagenham€ €œLittle One€ from €œMother and Child€ €œBe the One€ from €œThe Next Three Days€ €œIf I Rise€ from €œ127 Hours€ €œWhen You See Forever€ from €œThe Perfect Game€ €œI Remain€ from €œPrince of Persia: The Sands of Time€ €œDream Big€ from €œPure Country 2: The Gift€ €œHow I Love You€ from €œRamona and Beezus€ €œDarling I Do€ from €œShrek Forever After€ €œNoka Oi€ from €œSix Days in Paradise€ €œThis Is a Low€ from €œTamara Drewe€ €œI See the Light€ from €œTangled€ €œRise€ from €œ3 Billion and Counting€ €œWe Belong Together€ from €œToy Story 3€ €œEclipse: All Yours€ from €œThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse€ €œNothing€ from €œTyler Perry€™s Why Did I Get Married Too€ €œA Better Life€ from €œUnbeaten€ €œShine€ from €œWaiting for €˜Superman€™€ €œThe Reasons Why€ from €œWretches & Jabberers€
Here'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;
€œBound To You€ from Burlesque €œComing Home€ from Country Strong, €œI See The Light€ from Tangled, €œThere€™s a Place For Us€ from The Chronicles of Narnia €œYou Haven€™t Seen The Last of Me€ from Burlesque
So 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
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