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Is it just me, or is the awards process a little more transparent this year? I’m used to seeing Oscar nominations and “for your consideration” advertisements, but rarely seeing the lengthy lists of movies being submitted as considerations in each category. This year even the initial lists have become newsworthy, as we’ve seen with the movies being submitted for animated picture previously.
The latest list to arrive via press release is that for Best Song, which includes 49 songs that are eligible for Oscar consideration. Those songs will be whittled down to anywhere from three to five final nominees before reaching the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ ballot, which will be announced on Thursday, January 22nd.
As a reminder, songs have to be original in content (both lyrics and music) in order to be eligible for consideration. They also have to appear clearly within the body of the film, or as the first cue in the end credits to be eligible. Only two songs may be nominated from any given movie, which means it doesn’t matter how many songs from High School Musical 3 are on the list below - only two can make the final list.
About High School Musical 3, it definitely leads the pack, with eleven songs up for consideration (Repo! The Genetic Opera is the second place multiple offerer, with only three songs since so much of the production had appeared previously on stage, and Bolt having two songs listed). Although most people are probably happy to write HSM3 off as fluff, Disney traditionally has a stronghold on this category, so expect those Wildcats to put up a decent fight for the award. Still, I’d love to see something like “Dracula’s Lament” get a nod (from Forgetting Sarah Marshall), just because I’d love to see what the Academy would do for the performance of the song.
Here’s an alphabetical list (by song title) of the songs submitted for consideration. Catch the official nominees on January 22nd to see which ones made the final cut.