Wednesday, December 15, 2010

41 qualifiers for Best Original Song at the 2011 Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 41 songs eligible in the Original Song category for the 83rd Academy Awards. On January 6, 2011, the members of the Music Branch in Los Angeles will screen the clips from each film that feature the song. Then the members assign each song a score out of ten, and the scores are tallied.

An average score of 8.25 must be achieved by at least one song for there to even be any nominees in this category. If only one song reaches or exceeds 8.25, then it and the next highest ranking song will be the two nominees. If two or more up to five manage 8.25 or more, then they will be the nominees. But a maximum of two songs per movie are eligible for nomination. If more than two from the same film reach 8.25, then the two highest scoring songs will be selected.

According to Academy rules, "An original song consists of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the motion picture. There must be a clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition (not necessarily visually presented) of both lyric and melody, used in the body of the motion picture or as the first music cue in the end credits." You can read the their complete rules here.

The rules in this category undergo constant revision. It was only three years ago that the film Enchanted had three nominations in this category (it nonetheless lost to "Falling Slowly" from Once). The requirement to screen them with their visuals as they appear in the film was introduced to encourage and favour songs that are integrated into the film itself and indicate an artistic collaboration between filmmaker and songwriter. Previously, many winners had been ballads tacked on to 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. The 83rd Academy Awards ceremony takes place on Feb. 27, 2011 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

41 Original Songs eligible for the 2010 Academy Awards
"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 and 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 and Jabberers

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