59 songs up for the Oscar

List includes 'Hairspray,' 'Into the Wild'

Fifty-nine songs will be considered for the Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards, ranging from Eddie Vedder’s work for “Into the Wild” to the single new tune for “Hairspray” to numbers in the musician-centric pics “Once,” “Walk Hard” and “Music & Lyrics.”

Only one film has four contenders — “August Rush” — while six movies have three tunes being considered: “Dan in Real Life,” “56 Drops of Blood,” “Enchanted,” “Good Luck Chuck,” “Into the Wild” and “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.”

On Jan. 15, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in Beverly Hills and New York City. After the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category.

While many familiar film names — including Alan Silvestri, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz and Diane Warren among them — are among those responsible for the works, the list also includes entries from a fair number of pop and rock stars. Songs by John Legend, Marshall Crenshaw, Sheryl Crow, Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), Glen Hansard (the Frames), Sondre Lerche and the Eels are also on the list.

See The Set List blog for full list: http://www.variety.com/thesetlist

More Film

  • Les Arcs Film Festival

    Les Arcs European Film Festival's Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

    Fifty-nine songs will be considered for the Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards, ranging from Eddie Vedder’s work for “Into the Wild” to the single new tune for “Hairspray” to numbers in the musician-centric pics “Once,” “Walk Hard” and “Music & Lyrics.” Only one film has four contenders — “August Rush” — while six movies […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

    Fifty-nine songs will be considered for the Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards, ranging from Eddie Vedder’s work for “Into the Wild” to the single new tune for “Hairspray” to numbers in the musician-centric pics “Once,” “Walk Hard” and “Music & Lyrics.” Only one film has four contenders — “August Rush” — while six movies […]

  • Disney-Fox Deal Sets Up Scramble for

    Disney-Fox Deal Unleashes Flood of Free-Agent Executives, Talent

    Fifty-nine songs will be considered for the Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards, ranging from Eddie Vedder’s work for “Into the Wild” to the single new tune for “Hairspray” to numbers in the musician-centric pics “Once,” “Walk Hard” and “Music & Lyrics.” Only one film has four contenders — “August Rush” — while six movies […]

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

    Fifty-nine songs will be considered for the Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards, ranging from Eddie Vedder’s work for “Into the Wild” to the single new tune for “Hairspray” to numbers in the musician-centric pics “Once,” “Walk Hard” and “Music & Lyrics.” Only one film has four contenders — “August Rush” — while six movies […]

  • Warren Beatty

    Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    Fifty-nine songs will be considered for the Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards, ranging from Eddie Vedder’s work for “Into the Wild” to the single new tune for “Hairspray” to numbers in the musician-centric pics “Once,” “Walk Hard” and “Music & Lyrics.” Only one film has four contenders — “August Rush” — while six movies […]

  • Oscar Isaac Addams Family

    Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated 'Addams Family' Movie

    Fifty-nine songs will be considered for the Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards, ranging from Eddie Vedder’s work for “Into the Wild” to the single new tune for “Hairspray” to numbers in the musician-centric pics “Once,” “Walk Hard” and “Music & Lyrics.” Only one film has four contenders — “August Rush” — while six movies […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Publicists for Jennifer Lawrence, Daisy Ridley, Amy Adams Form New Firm

    Fifty-nine songs will be considered for the Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards, ranging from Eddie Vedder’s work for “Into the Wild” to the single new tune for “Hairspray” to numbers in the musician-centric pics “Once,” “Walk Hard” and “Music & Lyrics.” Only one film has four contenders — “August Rush” — while six movies […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content