Oscars: 74 Tunes Eligible for Best Original Song

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Songs from 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' 'Creed' and 'The Hunting Ground' make the cut.

The Academy has revealed the list of 74 tunes eligible for the best original song Oscar this year.

Films with multiple contenders include “Chi-Raq,” “Creed,” “Danny Collins,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Home,” “Jalam,” “Jenny’s Wedding,” “Miss You Already,” “Pan,” “Salt Bridge” and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water.”

The surprise exclusion from the list was Brian Wilson’s Golden Globe-nominated “One Kind of Love” from “Love & Mercy,” which I’m told simply did not qualify.

The 74 contenders are:

“Happy” from “Altered Minds”
“Home” from “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”
“None Of Them Are You” from “Anomalisa”
“Stem To The Rose” from “Becoming Bulletproof”
“The Mystery Of Your Gift” from “Boychoir”
“I Run” from “Chi-Raq”
“Pray 4 My City” from “Chi-Raq”
“Sit Down For This” from “Chi-Raq”
“Strong” from “Cinderella”
“So Long” from “Concussion”
“Fighting Stronger” from “Creed”
“Grip” from “Creed”
“Waiting For My Moment” from “Creed”
“Don’t Look Down” from “Danny Collins”
“Hey Baby Doll” from “Danny Collins”
“Dreamsong” from “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
“It’s My Turn Now” from “Dope”
“Ya Rahem, Maula Maula” from “Dukhtar”
“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“Love Me Like You Do” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“Salted Wound” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“Hands Of Love” from “Freeheld”
“See You Again” from “Furious Seven”
“Brother” from “Godspeed: The Story of Page Jones”
“As Real As You And Me” from “Home”
“Dancing In The Dark” from “Home”
“Feel The Light” from “Home”
“Red Balloon” from “Home”
“Two Of A Crime” from “Hot Pursuit”
“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
“I’ll See You In My Dreams” from “I’ll See You in My Dreams”
“The Movie About Us” from “Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words”
“Bhoomiyilenghanumundo” from “Jalam”
“Koodu Vaykkan” from “Jalam”
“Pakalppaathi Chaari” from “Jalam”
“Yaathra Manoradhamerum” from “Jalam”
“Lost In Love” from “Jenny’s Wedding”
“True Love Avenue” from “Jenny’s Wedding”
“Hypnosis” from “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet”
“Juntos (Together)” from “McFarland, USA”
“The Light That Never Fails” from “Meru”
“The Crazy Ones” from “Miss You Already”
“There’s A Place” from “Miss You Already”
“Johanna” from “Mortdecai”
“Little Soldier” from “Pan”
“Something’s Not Right” from “Pan”
“Paranoid Girl” from “Paranoid Girls”
“Better When I’m Dancin'” from “The Peanuts Movie”
“Pink & Blue” from “Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer”
“Flashlight” from “Pitch Perfect 2”
“Birds Of A Feather” from “Poached”
“Still Breathing” from “Point Break”
“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
“Cold One” from “Ricki and the Flash”
“Torch” from “Rock the Kasbah”
“Someone Like You” from “The Rumperbutts”
“Aankhon Me Samaye Dil” from “Salt Bridge”
“Bachpana Thaa” from “Salt Bridge”
“Kanpne Lage Tum” from “Salt Bridge”
“Kyaa Bataaun Tujhe” from “Salt Bridge”
“Le Jaaye Jo Door Tumse” from “Salt Bridge”
“Na Jaane Kitni Door” from “Salt Bridge”
“Sookha Hi Rang Daalo” from “Salt Bridge”
“Feels Like Summer” from “Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“Phenomenal” from “Southpaw”
“Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre”
“Squeeze Me” from “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water”
“Teamwork” from “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water”
“Who Can You Trust” from “Spy”
“Came To Win” from “Sweet Micky for President”
“Mean Ol’ Moon” from “Ted 2”
“Love Was My Alibi” from “The Water Diviner”
“Fine On The Outside” from “When Marnie Was There”
“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”

During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips.  Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category.  The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.  A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film.

To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film.  A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.

Nominations will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.

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  1. sailingsam says:

    I want to Live from Chi-Raq is such a great song. Why wasn’t it nominated?

  2. Hey Kris, how is something like “Fighting Stronger” from “Creed” eligible if it has been repurposed in some way? Or is it a different rule to Original Score?

  3. Lucrezia says:

    “Stem To The Rose” from “Becoming Bulletproof” no doubts! great song, great artists for a remarkable movie

  4. BlueFox94 says:

    The total absence or scant mention of “Feels Like Summer” from Shaun The Sheep in the discussion of Best Original Song contenders thus far utterly breaks my heart. That song, to me, was the best original film song of 2015 by far, not just because of its composition and clever songwriting, but most especially because of the song’s thematic relevance and importance within the film for which it was written. It’s not just some ditty that some studio hacks (e.g. “See You Again”, “Love Me Like You Do” or more appropriately, “F*ck Me Like You Do”), a bored/boring popular artist (e.g. “See You Again”, “Love Me Like You Do”, and even “Writing’s On The Wall”—already an all-time bottom five Bond theme song for me due to its complete lack of non-piano percussion, some forced rhymes, and a technically-perfect-but-emotionally-tedious performance by Sam Smith), and/or an earnest but uninteresting singer-songwriter with nothing but a guitar or a piano (e.g. most of the other eligible songs) written for just the opening/closing titles and barely anywhere else.

    No, compared to those types of modern movie songs, “Feels Like Summer” is a true collaboration between the film’s composer, an outside composer, and the storytellers and filmmakers that desired for it to play a key role in Shaun The Sheep. It’s played during the opening titles, the credits, and more than twice within the body of the film (which includes a sheep barbershop quartet rendition that truly solidifies its importance to the characters in the story. And even after all of that…the song both sounds gorgeous and is extremely fun and memorable. It’s a perfect film song.

    “Feels Like Summer” from Shaun The Sheep deserves a Best Original Song nomination, full stop. I don’t care if “Feels Like Summer” wins or not at this point (though it would be perfect justice—not to mention a great joy—if it actually did). I’m just praying for it to just get the nomination because its Oscar performance would have the opportunity to express to the entire Academy “Look at and listen to what you missed out on if you didn’t vote for our song”. (Why else would they place “Let It Go” from Frozen and “Glory” from Selma last in the sequence of Best Original Song nominee performances in their respective telecasts if not for the obvious understanding that those two were the best songs of their respective categories by a fair margin and that they deserved to win the most?)

    On the other hand, we no longer have Brian Wilson as a possibility in the category, which is a damn shame in itself, but hey, rules are rules and they’re totally understandable—2nd credit songs just aren’t as important to their films as the 1st credit song, and 1st credit songs nowadays either already have barely anything to do with their films as it is and/or audience members have already left the auditorium before the songs have finished. (Speaking for myself, I left Love & Mercy right after the video of Brian performing previously-released title song at the start of the credits ended, so I didn’t even listen to “One Kind Of Love” until I went to YouTube at least several days later.)

    With that unfortunate absence in mind, we should at least have a Beach Boys-esque song such as “Feels Like Summer” take one of the five spots instead. Spurious connection, maybe, but then again…the song is called “Feels Like Summer” for crying out loud! What band in popular music has embodied summer the most other than the Beach Boys?

    (Now that I’m thinking about it…What if the Academy actually nominated “Feels Like Summer” and then had Brian Wilson sing the song with Tim Wheeler and Co. at the the telecast? That would be SO PERFECT! =D )

    Come on, Music branch at the Academy. Please just nominate “Feels Like Summer” for Best Original Song—and the Animation branch nominate Shaun The Sheep for Best Animated Feature—and then I’ll be happy for the rest of the awards season. ^_^

    “Cold One” (Ricki & The Flash)
    “Feels Like Summer” (Shaun The Sheep) *MY VOTE*
    “Fine On The Outside” (When Marnie Was There)
    “Who Can You Trust” (Spy) … [For the record, I think that this song made for a better Bond theme then this year’s actual Bond theme.]
    “Writing’s On The Wall” (Spectre)

  5. “Stem to the Rose” by Brandon Boyd and Brendan O’Brien from “Becoming Bulletproof”.

  6. CWJeffrey says:

    “Stem to the Rose” by Sons of the Sea / Brandon Boyd, all day!!!!

  7. Meghan says:

    “Stem to the Rose” by Brandon Boyd definitely.

  8. So “I’ll See You in My Dreams” from “I’ll See You in My Dreams” did qualify. Sweet. That will be my pick for the stealth surprise nomination. It’s a good song prominently utilized at a crucial moment of a film that reportedly has a lot of fans in the Academy and will probably not get any other nomination (which is too bad for Blythe Danner).

  9. Stem to the Rose from Becoming Bulletproof . …This movie and song were put together with love , humility , determination and grace, this song rings true in every way possible. A Winner!

  10. Stem to the rose by BrandonBoyd

  11. Casey B says:

    Oh my gosh, “There’s a Place” should totally be a nomination. The All American Rejects are awesome and that song is so beautiful

  12. Will C says:

    If I was an Academy voter:

    “Love Me Like You Do”, “Fifty Shades of Grey”
    “Til It Happens to You”, “The Hunting Ground”
    “Writing’s on the Wall”, “SPECTRE”
    “Who Can You Trust”, “Spy”
    “Simple Song #3”, “Youth”

  13. Gustavo H.R. says:

    Pointless now that the best song has been deemed ineligible.

  14. Jonathan says:

    Here’s hoping “Feels Like Summer” gets in. Incorporated beautifully and in many variations throughout “Shaun the Sheep Movie.”

  15. Fangirl says:

    Crossing fingers for Earned It, Love Me Like You Do and Salted Wound. Such great songs!

  16. Jake says:

    Earned it from 50 shades should get nominated such a perfect song– old style meets new

    • Fella says:

      “Stem to the Rose”
      As a most inspirational song goes
      To the head of the class
      Voted unanimously by the mass
      Surely to be a winner
      Caught in the glare of the Hollywood glimmer
      A keeper by choice
      A finely wrapped package
      Containing a beautiful voice:)

      • I agree with “Fella” (you could be a songwriter yourself ) If more see this doc/film the lyrical content would become crystal clear as to the message being portrayed in this empowering storyline . …..just as the ” Stem is to the Rose”. Brandon Boyd has a voice like no other in the music industry .

      • Cells says:

        Not fella:)….mella…:)

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