The Academy has finally released a list of the tracks in contention to be nominated for Best Original Song at the upcoming Oscar ceremony. 41 are in play this year, with several films including Country Strong, Burlesque and Despicable Me sporting two potential nominees. The one real surprise here is that Tangled's “I See The Light” is the only track from the film making the cut. I think I speak for most people when I say the barbarian-themed “I've Got A Dream” was the real musical highlight of the recent Disney flick. (UPDATE: Turns out Disney only submitted "i See The Light" to avoid competing with themselves; more info here). Here's a full list of those in consideration:
"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

The voting process works a little differently with Best Original Song. The voting members actually all attend a screening where they're shown clips of each song. After viewing all the potential nominees, the judges then rate each one. Depending on the results of that vote, there can be anywhere between 0 and 5 actual nominees, based on how many songs scored above an 8.25.

If you or someone you know has written one of these hot tracks, there's still plenty of time to campaign. Voting takes place on January 6th, 2011, well ahead of the February 27th Oscar ceremony.

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