'Albert Nobbs,' 'The Muppets' and 'The Help' among pix

Thirty-nine songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures will compete for nominations in the Original Song category for the 84th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

The category includes a diverse range of songs competing, including the Sinead O’Connor-voiced “Lay Your Head Down” from “Albert Nobbs,” “The Living Proof” from “The Help” and “Life’s a Happy Song” from “The Muppets.”

No more than two songs from a given film may earn a nomination.

On Jan. 5, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the music branch in Los Angeles. Following the screenings, members will determine the nominees by an averaged point system of voting. If no song receives an average score of 8.25 or more, there will be no nominees in the category. If only one song achieves that score, it and the song receiving the next highest score shall be the two nominees. If two or more songs (up to five) achieve that score, they shall be the nominees.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:

•”The World I Knew” from “African Cats”

•”Lay Your Head Down” from “Albert Nobbs”

•”Star Spangled Man” from “Captain America: The First Avenger”

•”Collision of Worlds” from “Cars 2″

•”Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu” from “DAM999″

•”DAM999 Theme Song” from “DAM999″

•”Mujhe Chod Ke” from “DAM999″

•”Rainbird” from “Dirty Girl”

•”Keep On Walking” from “The First Grader”

•”Where the River Goes” from “Footloose”

•”Hello Hello” from “Gnomeo & Juliet”

•”Love Builds a Garden” from “Gnomeo & Juliet”

•”Bridge of Light” from “Happy Feet Two”

•”The Mighty Sven” from “Happy Feet Two”

•”Never Be Daunted” from “happythankyoumoreplease”

•”Hell and Back” from “Hell and Back Again”

•”The Living Proof” from “The Help”

•”Coeur Volant” from “Hugo”

•”It’s How We Play” from “I Don’t Know How She Does It”

•”When the Heart Dies” from “In the Land of Blood and Honey”

•”Ja Nao Estar” from “José and Pilar”

•”The Keeper” from “Machine Gun Preacher”

•”Life’s a Happy Song” from “The Muppets”

•”Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets”

•”Pictures in My Head” from “The Muppets”

•”Summer Song” from “The Music Never Stopped

•”Imaginary Friends” from “Olive”

•”Sparkling Day” from “One Day”

•”Taking You with Me” from “Our Idiot Brother”

•”The Greatest Song I Ever Heard” from “POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold”

•”Hot Wings” from “Rio”

•”Let Me Take You to Rio” from “Rio”

•”Real in Rio” from “Rio”

•”Shelter” from “Take Shelter”

•”Gathering Stories” from “We Bought a Zoo”

•”Pop” from “White Irish Drinkers

•”Think You Can Wait” from “Win Win”

•”The Backson Song” from “Winnie the Pooh”

•”So Long” from “Winnie the Pooh”

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