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Oscars: Best original song field has 39 contenders

December 19, 2011 |  3:50 pm

Songs from movies including "The Help," "The Muppets," "Machine Gun Preacher" and "Cars 2" are among 39 contenders for nominations in the Oscars' best original song category, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday. Several movies, including the Bollywood title "DAM999," have multiple songs in contention.

Next, the academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the music branch in Los Angeles on Jan. 5.  Afterward, members will determine the nominees by an averaged point system of voting. 

If no song receives an average score of 8.25 or higher, there will be no nominees. If only one song achieves that score, it and the song receiving the next highest score will be the two nominees. If two or more songs (up to five) achieve that score, they will be the nominees.  

A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any film. If more than two songs from a movie achieve a score of 8.25 or more, the two 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. 

Nominations will be announced Jan. 24, and the Oscars will be presented Feb. 26.

Read on for the full list of nominees:

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:
  • "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"


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A scene from "The Muppets" with Walter the muppet, Jason Segel and Amy Adams. Credit: Scott Garfield/Disney Enterprises