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86th Oscars: The 75 hopefuls for Best Original Song

ACMI_14The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences released tonight the list of eligible songs for the Best Original Song category for next year’s Oscars. The 86th edition of the awards will take place on Sunday, March 2nd at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. The nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 16th at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.

A total of seventy-five songs will compete for the five available spots in the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The award goes to the songwriter. And in order to be eligible, a song must contain both lyrics and music, be specifically written for the film, and being played during the movie or at the beginning of the final credits. Furthermore, only two songs per film may get nominated.

The following is a list of the eligible songs, in alphabetical order: 


  •      “Amen” from “All Is Lost”
  •      “Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
  •      “Doby” from “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
  •      “Last Mile Home” from “August: Osage County”
  •      “Austenland” from “Austenland”
  •      “Comic Books” from “Austenland”
  •      “L.O.V.E.D.A.R.C.Y” from “Austenland”
  •      “What Up” from “Austenland”
  •      “He Loves Me Still” from “Black Nativity”
  •      “Hush Child (Get You Through This Silent Night)” from “Black Nativity”
  •      “Test Of Faith” from “Black Nativity”
  •      “Forgiveness” from “Brave Miss World”
  •      “Lullaby Song” from “Cleaver’s Destiny”
  •      “Shine Your Way” from “The Croods”
  •      “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
  •      “Gonna Be Alright” from “Epic”
  •      “Rise Up” from “Epic”
  •      “What Matters Most” from “Escape from Planet Earth”
  •      “Bones” from “For No Good Reason”
  •      “Going Nowhere” from “For No Good Reason”
  •      “Gonzo” from “For No Good Reason”
  •      “The Courage To Believe” from “Free China: The Courage to Believe”
  •      “Let It Go” from “Frozen”
  •      “100$ Bill” from “The Great Gatsby”
  •      “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” from “The Great Gatsby”
  •      “Over The Love” from “The Great Gatsby”
  •      “Together” from “The Great Gatsby”
  •      “Young and Beautiful” from “The Great Gatsby”
  •      “The Moon Song” from “Her”
  •      “I See Fire” from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
  •      “Bite Of Our Lives” from “How Sweet It Is”
  •      “Try” from     “How Sweet It Is”
  •      “Atlas” from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
  •      “Better You, Better Me” from “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete”
  •      “Bring It On” from “Jewtopia”
  •      “Aygiri Nadani” from “Kamasutra 3D”
  •      “Har Har Mahadeva” from “Kamasutra 3D”
  •      “I Felt” from “Kamasutra 3D”
  •      “Of The Soil” from “Kamasutra 3D”
  •      “Sawariya” from “Kamasutra 3D”
  •      “In The Middle Of The Night” from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
  •      “You And I Ain’t Nothin’ No More” from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
  •      “Let’s Take A Trip” from “Live at the Foxes Den”
  •      “Pour Me Another Dream” from “Live at the Foxes Den”
  •      “The Time Of My Life” from “Live at the Foxes Den”
  •      “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
  •      “Monsters University” from “Monsters University”
  •      “When The Darkness Comes” from “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”
  •      “Sacrifice (I Am Here)” from “Murph: The Protector”
  •      “The Muslims Are Coming” from “The Muslims Are Coming!”
  •      “Oblivion” from “Oblivion”
  •      “Sweeter Than Fiction” from “One Chance”
  •      “Nothing Can Stop Me Now” from “Planes”
  •      “We Both Know” from “Safe Haven”
  •      “Get Used To Me” from “The Sapphires”
  •      “Stay Alive” from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
  •      “So You Know What It’s Like” from “Short Term 12”
  •      “There’s No Black Or White” from “Somm”
  •      “Cut Me Some Slack” from “Sound City”
  •      “You Can’t Fix This” from “Sound City”
  •      “Let It Go” from “Spark: A Burning Man Story”
  •      “We Ride” from “Spark: A Burning Man Story”
  •      “Becomes The Color” from “Stoker”
  •      “Younger Every Day” from “3 Geezers!”
  •      “Here It Comes” from “Trance”
  •      “Let The Bass Go” from “Turbo”
  •      “The Snail Is Fast” from “Turbo”
  •      “Speedin'” from “Turbo”
  •      “My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise)” from “12 Years a Slave”
  •      “Make It Love” from “Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro”
  •      “One Life” from “The Ultimate Life”
  •      “Unfinished Songs” from “Unfinished Song”
  •      “For The Time Being” from “The Way, Way Back”
  •      “Go Where The Love Is” from “The Way, Way Back”
  •      “Bleed For Love” from “Winnie Mandela”

Notable exclusions include “Please Mr. Kennedy” from Inside Llewyn Davis which was deem ineligible because it sampled lyrics from various songs from the 1960s; the “Ernest & Celestine’s Song” from the animated film Ernest & Celestine. Both were favourites to make the cut.

The biggest names in the list are Taylor Swift for “Sweeter than Fiction” from the documentary One Chance; U2 for “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Coldplay for “Atlas” from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; and off course, hot favourite, “Young & Beautiful” by Lana del Rey and Rick Nowels from The Great Gatsby which received the Grammy nod for Best Original Song for Visual Media; Jay-Z’s “100$ Bill” also from the aforementioned film. The first three received Golden Globe nods. And “Atlas” was also nominated for the Grammys.

It is always difficult to predict the nominees in this category. The Academy had always favoured Disney classics. However in recent years, foreign-language melodies and songs from indie documentaries have also appeared.

What do you think? Which songs would you like to see nominated?

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