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Swift, Coldplay, U2 will vie for Oscar 75 songs make it to Best Original category

LOS ANGELES, Dec 18, (RTRS): Taylor Swift, U2, Coldplay, Jay-Z and the Kings of Leon could all end up performing on the Academy Awards next year, if Oscar voters choose them from the list of 75 eligible songs released by the Academy on Friday. All of those pop stars perform songs that qualified in the much-maligned Best Original Song category, which over the last three years has ranged from a low of 39 in 2011 to a high of 75 in 2012 and now 2013. U2s “Ordinary Love” and Coldplay’s “Atlas” are featured in the films “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” respectively. Swift performs the song “Sweeter Than Fiction” from “One Chance,” Jay-Z does “100$ Bill” from “The Great Gatsby” and the Kings of Leon do “Last Mile Home” from “August: Osage County.”

Of course, Oscar Music Branch voters have never courted pop stars quite as avidly as the Golden Globe voters, who last week opted for a lineup that included Swift, U2, Coldplay and Justin Timberlake (with “Please Mr. Kennedy,” a song from “Inside Llewyn Davis” that isn’t eligible for the Oscars).
 

Competition
So the stars on the list will have stiff competition from the likes of “Let It Go,” the power ballad from Disney’s “Frozen” that could potentially give its co-writer Robert Lopez the last leg of the Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony grand slam known as the EGOT. Other songs on the list include a number from animated films, including Pharrell’s “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” Snoop Dogg’s “Let the Bass Go” from “Turbo” and Owl City’s “Shine Your Way” from “The Croods.” Also in the mix are songs from six-time nominee Diane Warren (“Unfinished Songs,” performed by Celine Dion in “Unfinished Song”), Lana Del Rey (“Young and Beautiful” from “The Great Gatsby”) and Karen O (“The Moon Song” from “Her”). Baz Luhrmann’s extravagant version of “The Great Gatsby” and the Indian film “Kamasutra 3D” have the most entries of any film, with five each. “Austenland” has four, while “Black Nativity,” “For No Good Reason,” “Live at the Foxes Den” and “Turbo” have three each.

Incidentally, there’s no guarantee that any of the nominated songs will actually be performed on the Oscar show. The show’s producers, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, also produced the last Oscars, at which two of the nominated songs were performed in full, a third was given a 40-second version as part of a medley, and two others were dispensed with through film clips. And for the first time, the Academy is holding a concert at UCLA’s Royce Hall three days before the Oscars, at which all the nominated composers and artists will be invited to perform. Although the Academy has not commented, many Oscar-watchers have speculated that the concert, which is not expected to be televised, is a way to move the nominated music off the Oscar show.

System
Members of the AMPAS Music Branch will now view DVDs that contain all the eligible songs in the scenes in which they are used in their films. The system, which has been in place for eight years, typically favors songs that are performed onscreen (such as “Let It Go”) over ones that are used in the end credits (such as “I See Fire” from “The Hobbit” or “Amen” from “All Is Lost”). Of the 32 songs that have been nominated under the current system, 20 of them have been performed live by onscreen characters, and only one has played over a straight roll of end credits.

The list:
“Amen” from “All Is Lost”; “Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”; “Doby” from “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”; “Last Mile Home” from “August: Osage County”; “Austenland” from “Austenland”; “Comic Books” from “Austenland”; “L.O.V.E.D.A.R.C.Y” from “Austenland”; “What Up” from “Austenland”; “He Loves Me Still” from “Black Nativity”; “Hush Child (Get You Through This Silent Night)” from “Black Nativity”; “Test Of Faith” from “Black Nativity”; “Forgiveness” from “Brave Miss World”; “Lullaby Song” from “Cleaver’s Destiny”; “Shine Your Way” from “The Croods”; “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2; “Gonna Be Alright” from “Epic”; “Rise Up” from “Epic”; “What Matters Most” from “Escape from Planet Earth”; “Bones” from “For No Good Reason”; “Going Nowhere” from “For No Good Reason”; “Gonzo” from “For No Good Reason”; “The Courage To Believe” from “Free China: The Courage to Believe”; “Let It Go” from “Frozen”; “100$ Bill” from “The Great Gatsby”; “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” from “The Great Gatsby”; “Over The Love” from “The Great Gatsby”; “Together” from “The Great Gatsby”; “Young and Beautiful” from “The Great Gatsby”; “The Moon Song” from “Her”; “I See Fire” from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”; “Bite Of Our Lives” from “How Sweet It Is”; “Try” from “How Sweet It Is”; “Atlas” from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”; “Better You, Better Me” from “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete”; “Bring It On” from “Jewtopia”; “Aygiri Nadani” from “Kamasutra 3D”; “Har Har Mahadeva” from “Kamasutra 3D”; “I Felt” from “Kamasutra 3D”; “Of The Soil” from “Kamasutra 3D”; “Sawariya” from “Kamasutra 3D”; “In The Middle Of The Night” from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”; “You And I Ain’t Nothin’ No More” from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”; “Let’s Take A Trip” from “Live at the Foxes Den”; “Pour Me Another Dream” from “Live at the Foxes Den”; “The Time Of My Life” from “Live at the Foxes Den”; “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”; “Monsters University” from “Monsters University”; “When The Darkness Comes” from “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”; “Sacrifice (I Am Here)” from “Murph: The Protector”; “The Muslims Are Coming” from “The Muslims Are Coming!”; “Oblivion” from “Oblivion”; “Sweeter Than Fiction” from “One Chance”; “Nothing Can Stop Me Now” from “Planes”; “We Both Know” from “Safe Haven”; “Get Used To Me” from “The Sapphires”; “Stay Alive” from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”; “So You Know What It’s Like” from “Short Term 12 “;There’s No Black Or White” from “Somm”; “Cut Me Some Slack” from “Sound City”; “You Can’t Fix This” from “Sound City”; “Let It Go” from “Spark: A Burning Man Story”; “We Ride” from “Spark: A Burning Man Story”; “Becomes The Color” from “Stoker”; “Younger Every Day” from “3 Geezers!”; “Here It Comes” from “Trance”; “Let The Bass Go” from “Turbo”; “The Snail Is Fast” from “Turbo”; “Speedin’” from “Turbo”; “My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise)” from “12 Years a Slave”; “Make It Love” from “Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro”; “One Life” from “The Ultimate Life”; “Unfinished Songs” from “Unfinished Song”; “For The Time Being” from “The Way, Way Back”; “Go Where The Love Is” from “The Way, Way Back”; “Bleed For Love” from “Winnie Mandela.”

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