'Django' enters four tunes for Oscars

AMPAS has declared 75 songs eligible for the original song Oscar at the next Academy Awards.

The candidates include four songs from Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”

Other movies with multiple contenders are “Brave,” “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best,” “Casa De Mi Padre,” “Dr. SeussThe Lorax,” “Ice Age Continental Drift,” “Joyful Noise,” “Saint Dracula” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Rules changes instituted this summer by the Academy guaranteed that there will be five nominees for this year’s Oscars, reversing a trend that had seen the number of nominees decline to two last time around.

The five songs receiving the highest number of votes from the music branch will earn nominations. Voting members will receive a reminder list of works submitted for consideration and a DVD copy of the song clips. After watching the clips, the balloteers will be asked to rank up to five candidates in order of preference.

Previously, voters ranked submissions on a 6-10 scale, required that a song score an 8.25 average among voters in the balloting process to make the cut.

Among the big-name pop artists in the mix are Adele for “Skyfall,” Katy Perry for “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” Karen O for “Frankenweenie,” previous Oscar winner Glen Hansard (“Once”) for “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and Jon Bon Jovi for “Standup Guys.”

Alexandre Desplat could end up with double noms for score and song for “Rise of the Guardians,” while previous Oscar winner Paul Williams could make a comeback of sorts for “Still Alive.”

Though ineligible for the original score Oscar, “Les Miserables” managed to get in the mix because the play’s songwriters created new original song “Suddenly” for the film — the same strategy taken by many big-name musicals that make the transition to the screen like “Dreamgirls” and “Nine.”

Among the songs not included in the contenders is six-time nominee Diane Warren’s “Silver Lining,” written directly for “Silver Linings Playbook,” and Willie Nelson’s “Midnight Run” for “Lawless.”

The list of eligible tunes:

“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”

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