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These 70 Songs are Eligible to be Shortlisted for Oscar Glory

Maybe ‘Mystery of Love’ will fare better at the Oscars than it did at the Globes.
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By  · Published on December 19th, 2017

Maybe ‘Mystery of Love’ will fare better at the Oscars than it did at the Globes.

Per Deadline, we now have a list of 70 songs that could eventually be nominated for Best Original Song at the 90th annual Academy Awards next year.

The facts are these when it comes to eligibility: “a song must consist of original words and music, 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.” Any one movie may receive a maximum of two nominations for Best Song when this more extensive list is narrowed down further.

The Best Original Song category usually reveals itself in whichever awards favorite or children’s movie captivated audiences the year before. The list of actual nominees has fluctuated pretty severely in the last ten years; there were only two songs nominated for the 2011 ceremony, which made for very little competition. There was no shortage of eligible songs that year, highlighting a kind of disinterest in songs that may not be immediate winners.

There are a lot more than 39 songs in the running for nominations this time around, but several really stand out as being potential contenders. It is unsurprising that Sufjan Stevens makes the eligibility list for his work on Call Me By Your Name. Coco‘s “Remember Me” is also a given (and it’s a great song anyway so I’m not complaining), as are other Pixar songs. I would also say Beauty and the Beast has a good shot next year as well considering how receptive audiences were to Alan Menken’s new material. It’s doubtful that songs from both LEGO movies this year have the same (potentially annoying) salience “Everything Is Awesome,” but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a shot. Surprisingly, none of the other Pitch Perfect movies has had success in being nominated for an Oscar, but perhaps third time’s the charm.

Bigger-name celebrities crop up in the list too. Sara Bareilles could be nominated for Battle of the Sexes. Zayn and Taylor Swift‘s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” could make the cut, and yes, that’s a little trepidatious. As we know from the finalized nominations a couple of years ago, “Academy Award-nominated film Fifty Shades of Grey” is actually a thing because of the Original Song category. Let’s not make the same mistake twice.

Nominations will be announced January 23, 2018. View the full list of eligible songs below:

“U.N.I (You And I)” from And the Winner Isn’t
“Love And Lies” from Band Aid
“If I Dare” from Battle of the Sexes
“Evermore” from Beauty and the Beast
“How Does A Moment Last Forever” from Beauty and the Beast
“Now Or Never” from Bloodline: Now or Never
“She” from Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
“Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go” from The Book of Henry
“Buddy’s Business” from Brawl in Cell Block 99
“The Crown Sleeps” from The Breadwinner
“World Gone Mad” from Bright
“Mystery Of Love” from Call Me by Your Name
“Visions Of Gideon” from Call Me by Your Name
“Captain Underpants Theme Song” from Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie
“Ride” from Cars 3
“Run That Race” from Cars 3
“Tell Me How Long” from Chasing Coral
“Broken Wings” from City of Ghosts
“Remember Me” from Coco
“Prayers For This World” from Cries from Syria
“There’s Something Special” from Despicable Me 3
“It Ain’t Fair” from Detroit
“A Little Change In The Weather” from Downsizing
“Stars In My Eyes (Theme From Drawing Home)” from Drawing Home
“All In My Head” from Elizabeth Blue
“Dying For Ya” from Elizabeth Blue
“Green” from Elizabeth Blue
“Can’t Hold Out On Love” from Father Figures
“Home” from Ferdinand
“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” from Fifty Shades Darker
“You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way” from Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
“This Is How You Walk On” from Gifted
“Summer Storm” from The Glass Castle
“The Pure And The Damned” from Good Time
“This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman
“The Hero” from The Hero
“How Shall A Sparrow Fly” from Hostiles
“Just Getting Started” from If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
“Truth To Power” from An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
“Next Stop, The Stars” from Kepler’s Dream
“The Devil & The Huntsman” from King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
“Have You Ever Wondered” from Lake of Fire
“I’ll Be Gone” from Lake of Fire
“We’ll Party All Night” from Lake of Fire
“Friends Are Family” from The Lego Batman Movie
“Found My Place” from The Lego Ninjago Movie
“Stand Up For Something” from Marshall
“Rain” from Mary and the Witch’s Flower
“Myron/Byron” from The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
“Longing For Summer” from Moomins and the Winter Wonderland
“Mighty River” from Mudbound
“Never Forget” from Murder on the Orient Express
“Hold The Light” from Only the Brave
“PBNJ” from Patti Cake$
“Tuff Love (Finale)” from Patti Cake$
“Lost Souls” from The Pirates of Somalia
“How A Heart Unbreaks” from Pitch Perfect 3
“The Promise” from The Promise
“Kaadanayum Kaalchilambe” from Pulimurugan
“Maanathe Maarikurumbe” from Pulimurugan
“Stubborn Angel” from Same Kind of Different as Me
“Dancing Through The Wreckage” from Served Like a Girl
“Keep Your Eyes On Me” from The Shack
“On The Music Goes” from Slipaway
“The Star” from The Star
“Jump” from Step
“Tickling Giants” from Tickling Giants
“Fly Away” from Trafficked
“Speak To Me” from Voice from the Stone
“Walk On Faith” from Year by the Sea

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