The-OscarsThe Oscars are almost upon us, and the past few weeks have treated us to the shortlists competing in a number of categories, including Best Animated Feature, Best Visual Effects, Best Documentary, and Best Original Score.

With the nominations announcement creeping ever closer at the start of next month, the Academy have now announced a seventy-five-long list of songs that are eligible in the Best Original Song category.

The list features some absolutely stellar songs that have debuted on the big screen this year, including Adele’s impressive Bond theme, Skyfall.

Tom Hooper’s highly anticipated Les Misérables is also in the running with Suddenly, composed specifically for the film, and it should be great to see how it’s received both by audiences and the Academy in the coming weeks.

We’ve got plenty of choices from animated films in the mix – the animated ones are often the strongest in the category come nominations time – including Brave’s Learn Me Right and Touch the Sky; How Bad Can I Be?, Let It Grow, and Thneedville from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax; Strange Love from Frankenweenie; Master of the Seas from Ice Age: Continental Drift; Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’s Love Always Comes as a Surprise; Still Dream from Rise of the Guardians; and When Can I See You Again? from Wreck-It Ralph.

Katy Perry could have her first Oscar nomination with the song Wide Awake, taken from her successful concert/documentary film, Katy Perry: Part of Me, released back in the summer.

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained has an impressive four songs in contention: Ancora Qui by Ennio Morricone and Elisa, Freedom by Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Bounton, 100 Black Coffins by Rick Ross, and Who Did That To You? by John Legend.

Seth MacFarlane’s fantastic feature directorial debut, Ted, makes a welcome appearance with the song, Everybody Needs a Best Friend, from the Grammy Award-winning Norah Jones.

And my personal favourite song from any film this year, Ryan Miller’s Big Machine, from the brilliant Safety Not Guaranteed. If any song deserves a place on the list of final nominations in January, it’s this one. And with Miller’s score for the film also nominated in the Best Original Score category, I’m keeping my fingers tightly crossed for it for January and then February.

The Academy Awards final nominations will be announced on 10th January, with the ceremony itself held on 24th February. We’ll be following the results as they happen on the night, and would love for you to join us. The Best Original Song category is set to feature five final nominations this year, and we can’t wait to see which of these seventy-five make the final cut. Keep your fingers crossed for Big Machine from Safety Not Guaranteed. It’s amazing.


  • “For You” from “Act of Valor”
  • “Metaphorical Blanket” from “Any Day Now”
  • “Let It Rain” from “Being Flynn”
  • “Learn Me Right” from “Brave”
  • “Touch the Sky” from “Brave”
  • “Airport” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
  • “Come on Girl” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
  • “Someday” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
  • “Protect the King” from “Brooklyn Castle”
  • “California Solo” from “California Solo”
  • “Casa De Mi Padre” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
  • “Del Cielo” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
  • “Yo No Se” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
  • “No Other Plans” from “Celeste and Jesse Forever”
  • “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
  • “By the Light of the Moon” from “Crossroad”
  • “The Sambola! International Dance Craze” from “Damsels in Distress”
  • “When You Comin’ Home” from “Darling Companion”
  • “Death by China” from “Death by China”
  • “Delhi Safari” from “Delhi Safari”
  • “Ancora Qui” from “Django Unchained”
  • “Freedom” from “Django Unchained”
  • “100 Black Coffins” from “Django Unchained”
  • “Who Did That to You?” from “Django Unchained”
  • “How Bad Can I Be?” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
  • “Let It Grow” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
  • “Thneedville” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
  • “Ain’t No Train” from “Downtown Express”
  • “You Don’t Have to Be a Star” from “Fame High”
  • “Jose’s Martyrdom” from “For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada”
  • “Strange Love” from “Frankenweenie”
  • “Voodoo” from “Halloween Party”
  • “Luna Nascosta” from “Hidden Moon”
  • “Song of the Lonely Mountain” from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
  • “Abraham’s Daughter” from “The Hunger Games”
  • “Master of the Seas” from “Ice Age Continental Drift”
  • “We Are” from “Ice Age Continental Drift”
  • “Looking for a Sign” from “Jeff, Who Lives at Home”
  • “From Here to the Moon and Back” from “Joyful Noise”
  • “He’s Everything” from “Joyful Noise”
  • “I’m Yours” from “Joyful Noise”
  • “Wide Awake” from “Katy Perry: Part of Me”
  • “Cosmonaut” from “Lawless”
  • “Beaten Up and Broken Down” from “Least among Saints”
  • “Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
  • “When I Grow Up” from “Losing Control”
  • “Love Always Comes as a Surprise” from “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
  • “Ladies of Tampa” from “Magic Mike”
  • “The Baddest Man Alive” from “The Man with the Iron Fists”
  • “This Gift” from “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”
  • “Still Alive” from “Paul Williams Still Alive”
  • “Dotted Line” from “People Like Us”
  • “Snake Eyes” from “Promised Land”
  • “Razors.Out” from “The Raid: Redemption”
  • “I’m Not Leaving” from “Re:Generation”
  • “Still Dream” from “Rise of the Guardians”
  • “Undercover Love” from “Rock of Ages”
  • “Big Machine” from “Safety Not Guaranteed”
  • “I Be Here” from “Saint Dracula”
  • “I Have Secrets” from “Saint Dracula”
  • “Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
  • “Breath of Life” from “Snow White and the Huntsman”
  • “Gone” from “Snow White and the Huntsman”
  • “One Wing” from “Sparkle”
  • “Not Running Anymore” from “Stand Up Guys”
  • “Feel Love” from “Struck by Lightning”
  • “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted”
  • “Never Had” from “10 Years”
  • “Dull Tool” from “This Is 40”
  • “She Won’t Let Go” from “Until They Are Home”
  • “Kiss Me Goodbye” from “Virginia”
  • “Anything Made of Paper” from “West of Memphis”
  • “Hashishet Albi” from “Where Do We Go Now?”
  • “When Can I See You Again?” from “Wreck-It Ralph”