63 tracks compete for Best Original Song

Posted by · 6:37 pm · December 16th, 2009

Miley Cyrus in Hannah Montana: The MovieIt’s been fun bringing a great many of this year’s Best Original Song contenders to you every few days with the “listen to” posts, but today, the Academy offered up the full list of contenders, so things are beginning to settle in.  There are a few surprises, however.

Firstly, only two tracks from “Crazy Heart” are on the list.  I’m not sure if that’s because only two were submitted, but there are six solid original tunes on the soundtrack.  And four songs from “The Princess and the Frog” weren’t on the list (one of them, “Friends on the Other Side,” being one of my favorites from the film).  Again, I don’t know if that’s because only the four on the list were submitted.

Mary J. Blige’s “I Can See in Color” from “Precious” is the most notable exclusion.  I guess it didn’t play for long enough to be of any impact, but to my mind, it was one of the best songs in the hunt.

Then there’s stuff from movies I’ve never heard of (uh, “Oy Vey!  My Son is Gay!,” anyone?) and five — count ’em — five from the friggin’ Hannah Montana flick.  Oy vey, indeed.

Mostly, I feel the same way about the category as I did when I analyzed it in last week’s Tech Support column.  I think we’re looking at two from “Nine,” two from “The Princess and the Frog” and one from “Crazy Heart,” but truth be told, I could see both “Crazy Heart” tracks getting in, too, so who knows?

Check out the Contenders section for the full list of eligible tracks.  We’ll offer up one more for your listening pleasure on Friday before closing up shop on that front.




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  • 1 12-16-2009 at 6:42 pm

    Pablo (Col) said...

    Remember that this category may disappear this year so if there actually is a best song award i think only 3 songs will be nominated.

  • 2 12-16-2009 at 6:43 pm

    Speaking English said...

    ***Mary J. Blige’s “I Can See in Color” from “Precious” is the most notable exclusion.***

    Song never had a chance, especially when one lays eyes (and ears) upon the movie. It plays for maybe 20 seconds at most and is so easy to miss its very existence is even questionable.

  • 3 12-16-2009 at 6:46 pm

    The Dude said...

    I wouldn’t count out “All is Love” from “Where the Wild Things Are.” The soundtrack to that movie is one of the very few from this year that has actually garnered something of a cult following, which the Academy may take note of. Plus, if the Academy voters are “lazy” and don’t listen to all the tracks, “All is Love” is in a prime spot: it’s listed first, alphabetically :)

    A friend of mine just downloaded the “Nine” soundtrack. A few weeks ago I would have agreed that two tracks from the movie would snag noms…however, after hearing both the “theatrical” version and “remixed” version of “Cinema Italiano,” I have a feeling it may miss the cut. The “theatrical” version sounded…well, awful. Kate’s voice sounded out of tune the whole way through, and it seemed it was missing a lot of the instruments compared to the clips we’ve been hearing the past few weeks. Then again, I haven’t seen the movie, so maybe the “remixed” version is the one that they used anyway. But (of the two versions from the soundtrack) if they used the first one, I don’t think voters will be pleased.

  • 4 12-16-2009 at 6:49 pm

    geha714 said...

    Stu’s Song FTW!

    “…but if he’s been murdered by crystal meth tweekers… then were s… out of luck.”

  • 5 12-16-2009 at 7:14 pm

    drew roddy said...

    It’s about time Hannah Montana gets the love it deserves!

  • 6 12-16-2009 at 7:19 pm

    normadesmondsmonkey said...

    I almost caught Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! at the Montreal World Film Festival this August (and then the Montreal Image + Nation Film Festival this October). Then I saw that the cast included Carmen Elektra and the guy from Queer Eye, and I went to see the new Andrzej Wajda instead.

    The trailer is on youtube, the song plays from about 1:10 on through the end of the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J84NoBwOCWU

    It looks charmingly derivative, though the buzz at the festivals wasn’t terrible.

  • 7 12-16-2009 at 8:06 pm

    daveylow said...

    I’ll be surprised if either song from Nine gets nominated. Both songs are awful compared to the anything that was cut for the movie.

    I’d be happy if one of songs from An Education make it. And that song from Where the Wild Things Are.

    It’s hard to exclude Paul McCartney. And even U2, even though the song from Brothers isn’t that good.

  • 8 12-16-2009 at 8:20 pm

    cineJAB said...

    the Lykke Li song from New Moon would make my list. The movie might be shit, but it fit into its scene, was played in its entirety, and it’s just a great song.

  • 9 12-16-2009 at 8:41 pm

    N8 said...

    “Friends on the Other Side” is definitely my favourite from “The Princess and the Frog”, much more interesting and captivating than any of the others, but it clearly wasn’t the kind of song the Academy goes for. I still wish they had at least put it on the list.

  • 10 12-16-2009 at 8:53 pm

    A.J said...

    I second “Stu’s Song FTW!” and as far as Hannah Montana goes it doesn’t have half as many submitted as High School Musical 3 did last year and Butterfly Fly Away is a decent track plus You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home was written by Taylor Swift so it could slip in on name recognition. This is Swift’s year after all and would be even without the Kanye West incident.

  • 11 12-16-2009 at 9:00 pm

    The Dude said...

    @ cineJAB

    New moon sucked. However, the music from it was quite good, probably the best soundtrack compilation of the year. I’d be happy if the Lykke Li track made it in (although I wish the Bon Ivers/St. Vincent track had made the cut…best song in the movie imo).

    And I hadn’t realized that “Stu’s Song” had made the cut. I kinda hope it makes it in :)

  • 12 12-16-2009 at 9:26 pm

    John said...

    The entertainment potential of an Oscar musical number of “Hoedown Throwdown” is just so high. Please nominate it, Academy! It is pretty catchy!

  • 13 12-16-2009 at 9:56 pm

    Danny King said...

    I think you’re right on in terms of Precious’ exclusion. I was shocked at how little that song played during the film, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what did in fact keep it from being considered.

  • 14 12-16-2009 at 10:16 pm

    James The Greatest said...

    I, too, haven’t seen ‘New Moon’, but I must say I’d be thrilled if ‘Possibility’ was nommed. There’s a clip on Youtube featuring the usage in the film (with Spanish dubbing; ha): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4HxfQhVeZM

    It might be too subtle for the Academy, but Lykke Li is a great artist, and it’s a great song and haunting vocal. Fingers crossed!

    To be a fly on the wall for that voting session!

  • 15 12-16-2009 at 11:02 pm

    qwiggles said...

    Strange to not see Thom Yorke’s “Hearing Damage” from New Moon on this long, long, long list. A great song that is played in full in the movie. (Though admittedly during one of the most incoherent sequences, and scored to images that do not sync with the lyrics.) Maybe it just wasn’t submitted?

  • 16 12-16-2009 at 11:05 pm

    qwiggles said...

    Also, I wouldn’t rule out Colorblind, a terrible song used in an almost sublimely bad, on-the-nose way. Those who don’t wince in pain might just check it off on their ballots. Sorry — grade it over 8.25.

  • 17 12-16-2009 at 11:58 pm

    cineJAB said...

    does the fact that all but maybe one or two of the songs used in New Moon were written for New Moon mean it’s eligible for original score?

  • 18 12-17-2009 at 4:24 pm

    McAllister said...

    I’d love to see “Winter” and “You’ve Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger” both make the cut. Two of my favorite songs of the year.

  • 19 12-18-2009 at 7:29 pm

    Glenn said...

    I actually questioned last week, on my blog, as to whether “I Can See In Color” was featured long enough to be eligible. Ala “A Love That Will Never Grow Old”.

    “Hoedown Throwdown” is the closest the branch will get to having an actual hit song on its roster. Beware? Nah, I doubt it.

  • 20 12-26-2009 at 5:55 pm

    Pavel said...

    Thanks for the update on the songs!
    Wanted to help you to find the clip and song “The Word Is Love” by Desmond Child and Gary Go performed by British legendary icon Lulu from the movie “OY VEY! MY SON IS GAY!”! I just posted this here: http://vimeo.com/8377975
    You also can find it on the Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE_PorcE9G8
    I think it’s a great song and a great, heartwarming, inspirational mainstream family comedy with amazing accomplished ensemble cast and talented individuals behind it. Who is trying to bring different multi-cultural elements to make movie unique with the fresh perspective view on a very unusual and sensitive matter. To make it through the light language of commix, treating the tuff and sensitive subject of our days with empathy, humor, creating light and funny characters, making the humor coming out of the them more than from the situation.
    So take a break from your stressful life and enjoy this good song and hilarious family movie with wonderful piece of act, that makes you laugh and cry at the same time!! And don’t give the title fool you!