shortlist: the oscar for best original song
    • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010

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    The Academy has announced the shortlist for Best Original Song contenders in the 83rd annual Academy Awards, and just like the Grammys, there is definitely a way to make this a drinking game. Forty-one songs populate the list, with artists ranging as wide in the spectrum as Jonsi to Pharrell to Justin Bieber to Owl City. Can you imagine those performances side by side? Oh yeah, they got rid of those on the telecast. Moving on!

    The first piece of the puzzle is the voting process, which seems to suggest that there is a possibility that no one will be nominated? From The Playlist:

    "Voting to whittle down the shortlist will begin on January 6th, when 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 determine the nominees by an averaged point system vote. If no song receives an average score of 8.25 or more, there will be no nominees in the category. If only one song achieves that score, it and the song receiving the next highest score shall be the two nominees. If two or more songs (up to five) achieve that score, they shall be the nominees."

    I liked it better when they just wrote the nominees on a bunch of pigs in a maze and waited for the first five of them to find a way out.

    Beck, Dido, Eddie Vedder, and Metric also make the list, which you can scope out below. Unfortunately, the press release didn't feel it prudent to include artists with their respective songs... so save for the obvious ones ("Burlesque", "Toy Story 3") you might have to do some digging to match names and faces.

    "Alice" from "Alice in Wonderland"
    "Forever One Love" from "Black Tulip"
    "Freedom Song" from "Black Tulip"
    "Bound to You" from "Burlesque"
    "Welcome to Burlesque" from "Burlesque"
    "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from "Burlesque"
    "There's a Place for Us" from "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"
    "Coming Home" from "Country Strong"
    "Me and Tennessee" from "Country Strong"
    "Despicable Me" from "Despicable Me"
    "Prettiest Girls" from "Despicable Me"
    "Dear Laughing Doubters" from "Dinner for Schmucks"
    "Better Days" from "Eat Pray Love"
    "If You Run" from "Going the Distance"
    "Darkness before the Dawn" from "Holy Rollers"
    "Sticks & Stones" from "How to Train Your Dragon"
    "Le Gris" from "Idiots and Angels"
    "Chanson Illusionist" from "The Illusionist"
    "Never Say Never" from "The Karate Kid"
    "To the Sky" from "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole"
    "What If" from "Letters to Juliet"
    "Life During Wartime" from "Life During Wartime"
    "Made in Dagenham" from "Made in Dagenham"
    "Little One" from "Mother and Child"
    "Be the One" from "The Next Three Days"
    "If I Rise" from "127 Hours"
    "When You See Forever" from "The Perfect Game"
    "I Remain" from "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"
    "Dream Big" from "Pure Country 2: The Gift"
    "How I Love You" from "Ramona and Beezus"
    "Darling I Do" from "Shrek Forever After"
    "Noka Oi" from "Six Days in Paradise"
    "This Is a Low" from "Tamara Drewe"
    "I See the Light" from "Tangled"
    "Rise" from "3 Billion and Counting"
    "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3"
    "Eclipse: All Yours" from "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
    "Nothing" from "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too"
    "A Better Life" from "Unbeaten"
    "Shine" from "Waiting for 'Superman'"
    "The Reasons Why" from "Wretches & Jabberers"

    Let the speculation begin! -joe puglisi
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