Oscar Taps 41 Movie Tunes For Original Song Category

Beverly Hills, CA – Forty-one songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 83rd Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:

* “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 Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from “Burlesque”
* “There’s 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 Ga’Hoole”
* “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 Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too”
* “A Better Life” from “Unbeaten”
* “Shine” from “Waiting for ‘Superman’”
* “The Reasons Why” from “Wretches & Jabberers”

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.

Under Academy rules, a maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film. If more than two songs from a film are in contention, the two songs with the most votes 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.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

    1. For songs…
      definitely “I See THe Light” from Tangled
      and Chersinging You havent seen the last of me yet in Burlesque
      others that should be considered..
      the opera song from Colored Girls
      Freedom from Black Tulip
      Dream Big from Pure COuntry

  1. Well, I guess there are no original songs with vocals but The Social Network had by far the best original music in any film this year.

  2. This is a category that should go away. Just imagine how briskly the Academy Awards show would move if not for all those songs (and lamentable dance numbers) that no one remembers the next day. I take that back. I vividly remember the dance routines of the past 10 years (this is not a good thing), whereas I couldn’t name or even hum one song.

    On the other hand, creative song placement is more interesting and important these days and excellence in this field could be acknowledged.

  3. “How I Love You” from Ramona and Beezus, is such a great song! I can see it being a classic, played at weddings for years to come! Just beautiful!

  4. While it’s always been obvious – this sites unconditional love for the WGA – this proves it. Just a week or so back Nikki was outraged when various outlets didn’t include the WGA writers names and now we have a press release that doesn’t list one song writer and not even a mention about the exclusion.

    Count me in on the never been a fan of the words and music criteria for this category. Tracks from both the Social Network and Tron are left out. A shame.

    * “Welcome to Burlesque” from “Burlesque”
    * “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from “Burlesque”
    * “Bound to You” from “Burlesque”

  6. Songs had to be submitted by either distributors or songwriters. If songs don’t appear in the list, chances are they weren’t submitted. (You can thank Universal, Scott Pilgrim fans.)

    In the case of Tangled, more than the one song was eligible but rumor is Alan Menken asked for only the one to be submitted (in theory, boosting the chances of a nomination and win.)

  7. Seems like “Darkness before the Dawn” from Holy Rollers has a quality that I don’t detect in other entries. The composers have got something real here – sincerity and heartfelt feeling!!!!! Good on Yas me Buckos. Go neirigh on talamh libh. That’s Gaelic for “may the road rise to meet ya.”

  8. Yes, Holy Rollers Darkness before the dawn you should all check it out great song with great meaning some,s up the movie as the credits roll. Best of Luck Boys

  9. So great to see the brilliant “I Remain” on the list, although it probably has little chance of being nominated considering it was an end credits song and voters have to rate it based on its use within the film. It would be amazing, though.

  10. ‘If You Run’ by The Boxer Rebellion is a brilliant song. I hope it wins. Going to crank it on the stereo right now in fact!

  11. “Rise” — http://www.youtube.com/3BillionAndCounting — is a beautiful song. It is a song of Reality. It is a song which stirs the heart, one inspired by Love and a deep sense of compassion for the suffering of others.

    It’s time that songs like this get nominated, because they can make a difference to the whole world. The movie “3 Billion And Counting”, to which “Rise” is the theme, has the potential to bring an end to the needless tragedy of malaria. At any time, 500 million people suffer from this debilitating disease, and 3000 kids in Africa die every day — yet a simple, cheap solution to the problem is available.

    We have to cherish and give recognition and appreciation to artists and their work aimed at service to mankind, aimed at creating change in people’s lives. True art has the power to transform and change people and events. It is alive. It does not stay confined to theatres, cinemas or recording studios.

    “Rise” stands out as a song of change. We as an audience do not want any more sugar — we want Fire. And this song is full of it — full of passion and compassion. a call to Wake up to Love.

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