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These are the 39 eligible entries for the Best Original Song Oscar

12.20.2011by:

The songs that will be competing for a chance to win the one Oscar category that gets the least respect (and rightfully so - the winners are typically terrible) have been revealed to us today. My guess is that most of these you probably have never heard or simply don't remember, but some notable stand-outs are Alan Menken's "Star Spangled Man" from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, all THE MUPPETS diddies, and Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi's song "Gathering Stories" from WE BOUGHT A ZOO. See any others you enjoyed?

Here's the press release listing all 39 eligible songs as well as the Academy rules for how the nominations are chosen:

“The World I Knew” from “African Cats”
“Lay Your Head Down” from “Albert Nobbs”
“Star Spangled Man” from “Captain America: The First Avenger”
“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”
“Never Be Daunted” from “happythankyoumoreplease”
“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 “José 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”
“The Greatest Song I Ever Heard” from “POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold”
“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”
“Pop” from “White Irish Drinkers”
“Think You Can Wait” from “Win Win”
“The Backson Song” from “Winnie the Pooh”
“So Long” from “Winnie the Pooh”


On Thursday, January 5, 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 of voting. 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.

Under Academy rules, a maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film. If more than two songs from a film achieve a score of 8.25 or more, the two songs with the highest scores will be the nominees.

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.
Source: JoBlo.com

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7:29AM on 12/20/2011

"So Long"

I LOVE "So Long" from Winnie the Pooh, which was altogether a fantastic movie. That deserves a nod, along with "Coeur Volant" from Hugo.
I LOVE "So Long" from Winnie the Pooh, which was altogether a fantastic movie. That deserves a nod, along with "Coeur Volant" from Hugo.
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9:41AM on 12/20/2011

The Muppets should dominate

"Pictures in My Head"
Hands down the best song of the year. I'd love to see multiple Muppet songs nominated, but if that one isn't this whole thing is a sham.
"Pictures in My Head"
Hands down the best song of the year. I'd love to see multiple Muppet songs nominated, but if that one isn't this whole thing is a sham.
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11:09AM on 12/20/2011
If "Star Spangled Man" doesn't win, we riot.
If "Star Spangled Man" doesn't win, we riot.
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11:44AM on 12/20/2011
"Star Spangled Man" and Cap should WIN this if there's any justice in the world. That whole sequence would look great on Oscar's stage being performed!
"Star Spangled Man" and Cap should WIN this if there's any justice in the world. That whole sequence would look great on Oscar's stage being performed!
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3:20PM on 12/20/2011
"Man or a Muppet" hands down. Bret McKenzie deserves that Oscar!
"Man or a Muppet" hands down. Bret McKenzie deserves that Oscar!
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3:36PM on 12/20/2011

Think you can wait

is a gooood song. So, probably won't be nominated.
is a gooood song. So, probably won't be nominated.
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5:53PM on 12/20/2011

The Muppets!

Pictures in my Head and Man or Muppet should win (Man or Muppet would be my vote)
Pictures in my Head and Man or Muppet should win (Man or Muppet would be my vote)
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6:58PM on 12/20/2011

Who cares.

Seriously! drop best song and put something more of use in?
Seriously! drop best song and put something more of use in?
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1:43PM on 12/21/2011
As far as I'm concerned, all 3 Muppets songs should be nominated, but I know this is usually one of the weirdest categories at the Oscars...

If I had one pick, I would choose Life's a happy song. Pictures in my head, I found a bit sappy and Man or Muppet has extremely repetitive lyrics.
As far as I'm concerned, all 3 Muppets songs should be nominated, but I know this is usually one of the weirdest categories at the Oscars...

If I had one pick, I would choose Life's a happy song. Pictures in my head, I found a bit sappy and Man or Muppet has extremely repetitive lyrics.
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2:07AM on 12/22/2011
I did not know there was soo much hate for this category. It's one of my favorites.
I did not know there was soo much hate for this category. It's one of my favorites.
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