Tunes Qualify for Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 59 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are being considered in the Original Song category for the 80th Academy Awards. Among them are tunes from such animated and vfx-driven pics as Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille, Disney’s Meet the Robinsons and Enchanted, DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek the Third, Paramount’s Beowulf, New Line’s The Last Mimzy and The Golden Compass, DreamWorks’ Transformers, and Columbia Pictures’ The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.

Enchanted leads the genre pack with three songs in the running”So Close,’ ‘That’s How You Know,’ and ‘Happy Working Song.’ Meet the Robinsons has a pair in ‘Little Wonders’ and ‘Another Believer,’ while while the other films mentioned each submitted one ditty from their soundtracks.

To be eligible, a song must consist of original words and music written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in both Beverly Hills and New York City. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category.

The 80th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 5:30 a.m. (PT) in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will then be presented on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. (PT).

Qualifying songs:

‘Do You Feel Me’ from American Gangster

‘At the Edge of the World’ from Arctic Tale

‘Someday’ from August Rush

‘This Time’ from August Rush

‘Raise It Up’ from August Rush

‘Break’ from August Rush

‘Nothing’s There’ from Badland

‘The Devil’s Lonely Fire’ from Badland

‘A Hero Comes Home’ from Beowulf

‘The Stars of Orion’ from Berkeley

‘Say’ from The Bucket List

‘To Be Surprised’ from Dan in Real Life

‘My Hands Are Shaking’ from Dan in Real Life

‘I’ll Be OK’ from Dan in Real Life

‘December Boys’ from December Boys

‘So Close’ from Enchanted

‘That’s How You Know’ from Enchanted

‘Happy Working Song’ from Enchanted

‘Atkozott Egy Elet’ from 56 Drops of Blood

‘O, Atyam!’ from 56 Drops of Blood

‘Eleg!’ from 56 Drops of Blood

‘A Dream’ from Freedom Writers

‘Lyra’ from The Golden Compass

‘Good Luck Chuck’ from Good Luck Chuck

‘Shut Me Out’ from Good Luck Chuck

‘I Was Zapped by the Lucky Super Rainbow’ from Good Luck Chuck

‘Grace Is Gone’ from Grace Is Gone

‘Lullabye for Wyatt’ from Grace Is Gone

‘Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)’ from Hairspray

‘The Tale of the Horny Frog’ from The Heartbreak Kid

‘China Doll’ from Honeydripper

‘It Will Stay With Us’ from The Hottest State

‘Never See You’ from The Hottest State

‘Society’ from Into the Wild

‘Guaranteed’ from Into the Wild

‘Rise’ from Into the Wild

‘First Amendment Blues’ from Larry Flynt: The Right To Be Left Alone

‘Hello (I Love You)’ from The Last Mimzy

‘Despedida’ from Love in the Time of Cholera

‘Huck’s Tune’ from Lucky You

‘Little Wonders’ from Meet the Robinsons

‘Another Believer’ from Meet the Robinsons

‘Way Back into Love’ from Music and Lyrics

‘PoP! Goes My Heart’ from Music and Lyrics

‘Ordinary People’ from Music Within

‘Pretty Much Amazing’ from Nancy Drew

‘Falling Slowly’ from Once

‘If You Want Me’ from Once

‘Le Festin’ from Ratatouille

‘Land of Quiet Poems’ from Resurrecting the Champ

‘Love Will Still Be There’ from September Dawn

‘Royal Pain’ from Shrek the Third

‘Rule the World’ from Stardust

‘Before It’s Too Late (Sam and Mikaela’s Theme)’ from Transformers

‘Baby Don’t You Cry’ from Waitress

‘Beautiful Ride’ from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

‘Walk Hard’ from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

‘Let’s Duet’ from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

‘Back Where You Belong’ from The Water Horse