41 original songs up for consideration

Posted by · 12:32 pm · December 15th, 2010

Via press release, the Academy has whittled the Best Original Song field down to 41 eligible contenders.  They can be found in the category’s Contenders section.

Nothing stands out as an egregious snub from what I can tell.  Only one of the songs from “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” is on there, which I guess I didn’t expect.  But the usual titles are there and nothing most are predicting has been left off, so now it’s all about deciding which entries will tickle the branch’s fancy.

What else to say?  I’ll likely stick with the same five (which, there may not be five nominees at the end of the day, remember) taht I’ve had for a while, but I’m intrigued by the inclusion of a song from “The Illusionist.” Early on there was talk that maybe something from that could slip in a la “Belleville Rendez-vous.”  Perhaps.  You can hear a number of the entires via our “listen to” series, if you want to catch up on this or that.

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  • 1 12-15-2010 at 12:47 pm

    Mr. F said...

    Damn, nothing from Scott Pilgrim. I guess Beck didn’t submit them, and Universal didn’t ask him to, either.

  • 2 12-15-2010 at 12:49 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Yeah, just realized the Scott Pilgrim thing. I suppose that’s a bit unexpected.

  • 3 12-15-2010 at 1:08 pm

    Graysmith said...

    I just did a little search and I found this page on Milan Records’ website, which has the Chanson Illusionist song in its entirety:


    Better than most original songs I’ve heard this year, though it’s still probably a longshot at best.

  • 4 12-15-2010 at 1:42 pm

    Parrill said...

    I’d love to know what happened with Scott Pilgrim

  • 5 12-15-2010 at 1:44 pm

    Paul Outlaw said...

    I think the HFPA were on to something with their Carrie Underwood/Narnia nomination.

  • 6 12-15-2010 at 2:04 pm

    Ali E. said...

    I haven’t seen the film or listened the song, but it would make sense to see that Idiots and Angels song making the cut. Any thought from the people who’s seen the film?

  • 7 12-15-2010 at 2:04 pm

    Bradley said...

    Poor Sex Bob-Omb… and Infant Sorrow while we’re at it. Not that the latter deserves a nom but normally the list offers far more exciting possibilities. At least there’s no reason to get angry at them not letting the nominees sing on the telecast anymore…

  • 8 12-15-2010 at 3:43 pm

    Hans said...

    I came into comment on Scott Pilgrim but I see that’s been covered. So, so sad, if there’s one film that deserves more this season, it’s that one.

  • 9 12-15-2010 at 3:56 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Ali: I don’t remember the song in the film, honestly.

  • 10 12-15-2010 at 4:14 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Good on them for including “Life During Wartime.” Good song, very effectively used in the film. There would be something perverse about a Todd Solondz film finally cracking an Oscar invite … in the Best Original Song category.

  • 11 12-15-2010 at 5:59 pm

    Tom said...

    And, Guy, Solondz is actually co-writer of the song (with Marc Shaiman, whose Oscar friendliness may have alot to do with this placement, and could, in an ideal world, get a freak nomination).

    I’m with you in cheering the song — a truly lovely tune, which I mentioned here in the last thread about best songs, to which not a soul responded.

  • 12 12-15-2010 at 7:21 pm

    Lance said...

    Have they rounded down the list for foreign films yet? Does anyone know when that happens?

  • 13 12-15-2010 at 7:33 pm

    red_wine said...

    How beautiful is that Illusionist song? It was just so typically Gallic in its mixture of whimsy and melancholy, but in a lovely way.

  • 14 12-15-2010 at 10:10 pm

    Glenn said...

    Guy, I remember getting a bit laugh out of the “Palindromes” songs being on the Oscar longlist. Remember those? The religious family songs! Hilarious.

    If I could I’d choose the two “Burlesque” songs, “Me and Tennessee”, “Chanson Illusionist” and “Life During Wartime”. Not a fan at all of “Shine”. I liked the Jonsi “Dragon” song, I guess.

  • 15 12-16-2010 at 12:35 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Lance: Only in the new year.

  • 16 12-16-2010 at 12:27 pm

    Joseph said...

    Damn. Just realized that Justin Bieber could get an Oscar. *shudder*

  • 17 12-16-2010 at 1:30 pm

    Joseph said...

    Wow. Just realized that Justin Bieber could win an Oscar.

  • 18 1-12-2011 at 5:15 am

    James said...

    Are “Coming Home” and “Me and Tennessee” the only original songs from “Country Strong” or are they just focusing their campaign?

    The way they are used in the film, I figured “Timing Is Everything” and “Country Strong” would be original as well. Does anyone know?