Oscars 2016: 74 Original Songs in the race

Seventy-four Original Songs from eligible feature-length films have made the cut to contend for the 88th Academy Awards, the Academy announced Friday.


Seventy-four Original Songs from eligible feature-length films, down from last year's 79 and down from 2013's and 2012's 75, have made the cut to contend for the 88th Academy Awards, the Academy announced Friday.

Members of the Music Branch will be asked to watch songs 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, according to Academy rules.

To be eligible, a song "consists of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the motion picture. There must be a clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition (not necessarily visually presented) of both lyric and melody, used in the body of the motion picture or as the first music cue in the end credits," rules stipulate.

Rules were simplified three years ago after a stringent point system almost killed the category.

The Golden Globe-nominated song, "One Kind of Love" (by Brian Wilson and Scott Bennett), from "Love & Mercy" is not on the list.

Among the singers featured: Josh Groban, Jennifer Hudson, R. Kelly feat. Tink, Al Pacino, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Sia, Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Charli XCX, Miranda Lambert, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, Meghan Trainor, Jessie J, Meryl Streep and Eminem.

Here are the 74 songs, along with the film in which each song is featured, listed in alphabetical order by film and song title (with singer):
  • "Happy" from "Altered Minds" (Erin Sax)
  • "Home" from "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes)
  • "None Of Them Are You" from "Anomalisa" (Carter Burwell)
  • "Stem To The Rose" from "Becoming Bulletproof" (Sons of the Sea)
  • "The Mystery Of Your Gift" from "Boychoir" (Josh Groban)
  • "I Run" from "Chi-Raq" (Jennifer Hudson)
  • "Pray 4 My City" from "Chi-Raq" (R. Kelly feat. Tink)
  • "Sit Down For This" from "Chi-Raq" (Mali Music)
  • "Strong" from "Cinderella" (Sonna Rele)
  • "So Long" from "Concussion" (Leon Bridges)
  • "Fighting Stronger" from "Creed" (Meek Mill, Jhene Aiko and Ludwig Goransson)
  • "Grip" from "Creed" (Tessa Thompson)
  • "Waiting For My Moment" from "Creed" (Donald Glover, Jhené Aiko, Vince Staples and Ludwig Göransson)
  • "Don't Look Down" from "Danny Collins" (Al Pacino)
  • "Hey Baby Doll" from "Danny Collins" (Al Pacino)
  • "Dreamsong" from "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" (Nate Heller feat. Amber Coffman)
  • "It's My Turn Now" from "Dope" (Awreeoh)
  • "Ya Rahem, Maula Maula" from "Dukhtar" (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan)
  • "Earned It" from "Fifty Shades of Grey" (The Weeknd)
  • "Love Me Like You Do" from "Fifty Shades of Grey" (Ellie Goulding)
  • "Salted Wound" from "Fifty Shades of Grey" (Sia)
  • "Hands Of Love" from "Freeheld" (Miley Cyrus)
  • "See You Again" from "Furious Seven" (Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth)
  • "Brother" from "Godspeed: The Story of Page Jones" (RØSE and Jake Goldman)
  • "As Real As You And Me" from "Home" (Rihanna)
  • "Dancing In The Dark" from "Home" (Rihanna)
  • "Feel The Light" from "Home" (Jennifer Lopez)
  • "Red Balloon" from "Home" (Charli XCX)
  • "Two Of A Crime" from "Hot Pursuit" (Miranda Lambert)
  • "Til It Happens To You" from "The Hunting Ground" (Lady Gaga)
  • "I'll See You In My Dreams" from "I'll See You in My Dreams" (Keegan DeWitt)
  • "The Movie About Us" from "Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words" (Eva Dahlgrens)
  • "Bhoomiyilenghanumundo" from "Jalam" (Ouseppachan)
  • "Koodu Vaykkan" from "Jalam" (Shaktisree)
  • "Pakalppaathi Chaari" from "Jalam" (Ouseppachan)
  • "Yaathra Manoradhamerum" from "Jalam" (Shakthisree Gopalan)
  • "Lost In Love" from "Jenny's Wedding" (Kristina Train)
  • "True Love Avenue" from "Jenny's Wedding" (Kristina Train)
  • "Hypnosis" from "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" (Damien Rice)
  • "Juntos (Together)" from "McFarland, USA" (Juanes)
  • "The Light That Never Fails" from "Meru" (Andra Day)
  • "The Crazy Ones" from "Miss You Already" (Paloma Faith)
  • "There's A Place" from "Miss You Already" (Tyson Ritter)
  • "Johanna" from "Mortdecai" (Miles Kane)
  • "Little Soldier" from "Pan" (Lily Allen)
  • "Something's Not Right" from "Pan" (Lily Allen)
  • "Paranoid Girl" from "Paranoid Girls" (Javier del Santo)
  • "Better When I'm Dancin'" from "The Peanuts Movie" (Meghan Trainor)
  • "Pink & Blue" from "Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer" (Anthony Fedorov)
  • "Flashlight" from "Pitch Perfect 2" (Jessie J)
  • "Birds Of A Feather" from "Poached" (Mark Orton)
  • "Still Breathing" from "Point Break" (Dig the Kid)
  • "Manta Ray" from "Racing Extinction" (J. Ralph and Antony)
  • "Cold One" from "Ricki and the Flash" (Meryl Streep)
  • "Torch" from "Rock the Kasbah" (Isa Machine & LP)
  • "Someone Like You" from "The Rumperbutts" (Mates of State)
  • "Aankhon Me Samaye Dil" from "Salt Bridge" (Various Artists)
  • "Bachpana Thaa" from "Salt Bridge" (Various Artists)
  • "Kanpne Lage Tum" from "Salt Bridge" (Various Artists)
  • "Kyaa Bataaun Tujhe" from "Salt Bridge" (Various Artists)
  • "Le Jaaye Jo Door Tumse" from "Salt Bridge" (Various Artists)
  • "Na Jaane Kitni Door" from "Salt Bridge" (Various Artists)
  • "Sookha Hi Rang Daalo" from "Salt Bridge" (Various Artists)
  • "Feels Like Summer" from "Shaun the Sheep Movie" (Tim Wheeler)
  • "Phenomenal" from "Southpaw" (Eminem)
  • "Writing's On The Wall" from "Spectre" (Sam Smith)
  • "Squeeze Me" from "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water" (N.E.R.D.)
  • "Teamwork" from "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water" (Tom Kenny and Doug Lawrence)
  • "Who Can You Trust" from "Spy" (Ivy Levan)
  • "Came To Win" from "Sweet Micky for President" (Get Fr3e)
  • "Mean Ol' Moon" from "Ted 2" (Amanda Seyfried)
  • "Love Was My Alibi" from "The Water Diviner" (Kris Fogelmark)
  • "Fine On The Outside" from "When Marnie Was There" (Priscilla Ahn)
  • "Simple Song #3" from "Youth" (David Lang)

Special thanks to SPIN for the list of artists.

We are less than 35 days away from the 88th Academy Awards nominations announcement on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.

The 88th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2015, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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