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63 tunes vie for Oscar's Original Song trophy

December 16, 2009 |  6:23 pm

A whopping 63 songs will be considered for nomination in the Original Song category for the 82nd Academy Awards. The list, released today by the academy, includes both the expected numbers, like Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett's "The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart," Leona Lewis' "I See You" from "Avatar" and Paul McCartney's "(I Want to) Come Home" from "Everybody's Fine," and some left-field (and far afield) choices like "The Word Is Love" from "Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!!" (which is a real movie, by the way). 

Also in the mix is "Butterfly Fly Away," the Miley Cyrus tune from "Hannah Montana the Movie," which was originally considered ineligible for the Oscars because it was written specifically for the film. Oh, and you can ignore those rumors that Adam Lambert will get his moment of mea culpa by performing his "A Time for Miracles" (from "2012") at the ceremony; the number isn't even in this sizable lot. 

On Jan. 12, random clips from each song will be screened for members of the Music Branch of the academy. Nominees will be determined by a point system vote. If two or more songs (up to five) achieve a score of 8.25 or more, they will be the nominees, which will be announced, along with the contenders in the rest of the Oscar categories, on Feb. 2. The award ceremony itself will air March 7.

The complete list of eligible songs for nomination is:

"All Is Love" from "Where the Wild Things Are"

“Almost Over You” from “My One and Only” 

“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” 

“AyAyAyAy” from “The Maid”      

“Back to Tennessee” from “Hannah Montana the Movie”  

“Being Bad” from “Duplicity” 

“Blanco” from “Fast & Furious”  

“Brothers in Arms” from “Brothers at War” 

“Butterfly Fly Away” from “Hannah Montana the Movie” 

“Cinema Italiano” from “Nine” 

“Colorblind” from “Invictus” 

“Depression Era” from “That Evening Sun” 

“Don’t Walk Away” from “Hannah Montana the Movie” 

“Dove of Peace” from “Bruno” 

“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” 

“Fly Farm Blues” from “It Might Get Loud” 

“Forget Me” from “I Love You, Beth Cooper”

“God Bless Us Everyone” from “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” 

“Here” from “Shrink” 

“Hideaway” from “Where the Wild Things Are”  

“Hoedown Throwdown” from “Hannah Montana the Movie” 

“I Bring What I Love” from “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love” 

“I See You” from “Avatar” 

“(I Want to) Come Home” from “Everybody’s Fine” 

“If You’re Wondering” from “The Lightkeepers” 

“Impossible Fantasy” from “Adventures of Power” 

“Innocent Child” from “Skin” 

“Invictus 9,000 Days” from “Invictus”  

“Legendary” from “Tyson” 

“Let Freedom Reign” from “Skin” 

“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” 

“Ma Belle Evangeline” from “The Princess and the Frog” 

“My One and Only” from “My One and Only” 

“Na Na” from “Couples Retreat”  

“Never Knew I Needed” from “The Princess and the Frog” 

“New Divide” from “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” 

“New Jersey Nights” from “Adventures of Power” 

“New York Is Where I Live” from “Did You Hear about the Morgans?”  

“No Time for Love” from “Simon & Malou” 

“One Day” from “Post Grad” 

“Only You” from “The Young Victoria” 

“Other Father Song” from “Coraline” 

“Petey’s Song” from “Fantastic Mr. Fox” 

“Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” from “Ponyo” 

“Possibility” from “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” 

“Raining Sunshine” from “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” 

“Running Out of Empty (Make Ourselves at Home)” from “Lymelife” 

“Smoke Without Fire” from “An Education” 

“Somebody Else” from “Crazy Heart” 

“Stu’s Song” from “The Hangover” 

“Take It All” from “Nine” 

“Through the Trees” from “Jennifer’s Body” 

“Trust Me” from “The Informant!” 

“Un Bouquet des Violettes” from “New York, I Love You” 

“We Are the Children of the World” from “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”  

“We Love Violence” from “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” 

“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” 

“When You Find Me” from “Adam” 

“Winter” from “Brothers” 

“The Word Is Love” from “Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!” 

“You Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger” from “An Education”  

“You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home” from “Hannah Montana the Movie” 

“You’ve Been a Friend to Me” from “Old Dogs” 


-- Paul Gaita


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