Forty-nine songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are contending for nominations in the Original Song category for the 81st Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday.
The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by song title:
"Another Way to Die" from QUANTUM OF SOLACE"Barking at the Moon" from BOLT"The Boys Are Back" from HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR"Broken and Bent" from ROLE MODELS"By the Boab Tree" from AUSTRALIA"The Call" from THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN"Can I Have This Dance" from HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR"Chase the Morning" from REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA"Chromaggia" from REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA"The Code of Life" from MY DREAM"Code of Silence" from SAVE ME"Count on Me" from THE WOMEN"Di Notte" from THE LODGER"Djoyigbe" from PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL"Down to Earth" from WALL-E"Dracula’s Lament" from FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL"Drive" from FUEL"Forever" from THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY"High School Musical" from HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR"Gran Torino" from GRAN TORINO"I Thought I Lost You" from BOLT"I Want It All" from HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR"In Rodanthe" from NIGHTS IN RODANTHE"It Ain’t Right" from DARK STREETS"Jai Ho" from SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"Just Getting Started" from HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR"Just Wanna Be with You" from HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR"Little Person" from SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK"The Little Things" from WANTED"A Night to Remember" from HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR"Nothing but the Truth" from NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH"Now or Never" from HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR"O Saya" from SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"Once in a Lifetime" from CADILLAC RECORDS"Right Here Right Now" from HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR"Right to Dream" from TENNESEE"Rock Me Sexy Jesus" from HAMLET 2"Scream" from HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR"The Story" from MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS"Sweet Ballad" from YES MAN"Too Much Juice" from DARK STREETS"The Traveling Song" from MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA"Trouble the Water" from TROUBLE THE WATER"Up to Our Nex" from RACHEL GETTING MARRIED"Walk Away" from HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR"Waterline" from PRIDE AND GLORY"The Wrestler" from THE WRESTLER"Yes Man" from YES MAN"Zydrate Anatomy" from REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA
On Tuesday, January 6, 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 vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category.
A DVD copy of the song clips will be made available to those branch members who are unable to attend the screening and who request it for home viewing. A mail-in ballot will be provided.
A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any film. If more than two songs from a film are in contention, the two songs with the most votes will be the nominees.
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.
The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.