75 Original Songs tune up for 2012 Oscars

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:

“For You” from “Act of Valor”
“Metaphorical Blanket” from “Any Day Now”
“Let It Rain” from “Being Flynn”
“Learn Me Right” from “Brave”
“Touch the Sky” from “Brave”
“Airport” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Come on Girl” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Someday” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Protect the King” from “Brooklyn Castle”
“California Solo” from “California Solo”
“Casa De Mi Padre” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
“Del Cielo” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
“Yo No Se” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
“No Other Plans” from “Celeste and Jesse Forever”
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
“By the Light of the Moon” from “Crossroad”
“The Sambola! International Dance Craze” from “Damsels in Distress”
“When You Comin’ Home” from “Darling Companion”
“Death by China” from “Death by China”
“Delhi Safari” from “Delhi Safari”
“Ancora Qui” from “Django Unchained”
“Freedom” from “Django Unchained”
“100 Black Coffins” from “Django Unchained”
“Who Did That to You?” from “Django Unchained”
“How Bad Can I Be?” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“Let It Grow” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“Thneedville” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“Ain’t No Train” from “Downtown Express”
“You Don’t Have to Be a Star” from “Fame High”
“Jose’s Martyrdom” from “For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada”
“Strange Love” from “Frankenweenie”
“Voodoo” from “Halloween Party”
“Luna Nascosta” from “Hidden Moon”
“Song of the Lonely Mountain” from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Abraham’s Daughter” from “The Hunger Games”
“Master of the Seas” from “Ice Age Continental Drift”
“We Are” from “Ice Age Continental Drift”
“Looking for a Sign” from “Jeff, Who Lives at Home”
“From Here to the Moon and Back” from “Joyful Noise”
“He’s Everything” from “Joyful Noise”
“I’m Yours” from “Joyful Noise”
“Wide Awake” from “Katy Perry: Part of Me”
“Cosmonaut” from “Lawless”
“Beaten Up and Broken Down” from “Least among Saints”
“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
“When I Grow Up” from “Losing Control”
“Love Always Comes as a Surprise” from “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
“Ladies of Tampa” from “Magic Mike”
“The Baddest Man Alive” from “The Man with the Iron Fists”
“This Gift” from “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”
“Still Alive” from “Paul Williams Still Alive”
“Dotted Line” from “People Like Us”
“Snake Eyes” from “Promised Land”
“Razors.Out” from “The Raid: Redemption”
“I’m Not Leaving” from “Re:Generation”
“Still Dream” from “Rise of the Guardians”
“Undercover Love” from “Rock of Ages”
“Big Machine” from “Safety Not Guaranteed”
“I Be Here” from “Saint Dracula”
“I Have Secrets” from “Saint Dracula”
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
“Breath of Life” from “Snow White and the Huntsman”
“Gone” from “Snow White and the Huntsman”
“One Wing” from “Sparkle”
“Not Running Anymore” from “Stand Up Guys”
“Feel Love” from “Struck by Lightning”
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted”
“Never Had” from “10 Years”
“Dull Tool” from “This Is 40″
“She Won’t Let Go” from “Until They Are Home”
“Kiss Me Goodbye” from “Virginia”
“Anything Made of Paper” from “West of Memphis”
“Hashishet Albi” from “Where Do We Go Now?”
“When Can I See You Again?” from “Wreck-It Ralph”

During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips. Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.

To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and 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.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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  1. Winston
    December 11, 2012

    Adele for the win!! I love that song!!!

  2. moremovies85
    December 11, 2012

    I thought Skyfall might not be eligible because of the brilliant use of the classic Bond theme. I am thrilled to see it eligible and I hope it wins.

  3. Glenn UK
    December 11, 2012

    Skyfall – give it the Oscar NOW. Adele at the Oscars and collecting an Oscar – does it get any better?

  4. John
    December 11, 2012

    Breath of life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  5. Akumax
    December 11, 2012


  6. December 11, 2012


    How do you not vote for Katy Perry? Imagine Katy Perry performing at the Oscars. Breaking Dawn Part 2 could win Best Picture and I’d be happy.

  7. Christophe
    December 11, 2012

    Strange Love – Frankenweenie!!!! Too bad it’s not been part of the conversation so far, it’s a really cool and kind of weird song!

    Sad they didn’t include the theme song from Poppy Hill, it’s very good too.

    Skyfall for the win!!!!

  8. Corey
    December 11, 2012

    Loving the fact that “The Baddest Man Alive” and the songs from Django Unchained are on this list.

  9. EVF
    December 11, 2012

    Here’s hoping “Dull Tool” makes the cut!

  10. Ned Daigle
    December 11, 2012

    If the music branch hasn’t revamped their voting practices, you may as well not get your hopes up. They’ll just nominate 2 or 3 forgettable tunes and that will be that…just ask Bruce Springstseen, Mary J Blige, Glenn Close and Madonna how they liked their ‘shoe in’ nominations that didn’t happen.

  11. December 11, 2012


  12. Zooey
    December 11, 2012

    @ Ned Daigle,

    you need an update! We’ll have 5 nominees. Again!

  13. Bryce Forestieri
    December 11, 2012

    LADIES OF TAMPA, make it happen!!

  14. December 11, 2012

    No love for the song from HOLY MOTORS? This was a stunning scene. I don’t get it. But I will say this: My vote is for “The Sambola!” from DAMSELS IN DISTRESS. Absolutely joyous.

  15. December 11, 2012

    Oh shit yeah, Who Were We from Holy Motors!!! Bastards!

  16. Yogsss
    December 11, 2012

    SKYFALL!! Oh my god.

  17. mileshigh
    December 11, 2012

    This is Adele’s Oscar. The pick EVERYONE will get right!

  18. Jesus Lopez
    December 11, 2012


  19. Cyrus
    December 11, 2012

    Adele’s song is incredibly trite, boring and poppy….yawwnnnnnnnnnnnnn


  20. keifer
    December 11, 2012

    Nothing is a “shoo-in” with this branch.

    Last year, they neglected “Living Proof” from “The Help”, CLEARLY the best song of last year, and perhaps in the last decade of film song music.

    While I too am routing for Adele from “Skyfall” (a really terrific movie if you haven’t seen it yet), I wouldn’t be surprised if they ignored it for more boring fare.

    I was glad to see the song “Breath of Life” from “Snow White and the Huntsman” on the list, as well as “Strange Love” from “Frankenweenie”. The introduction to that song along should bring a lot of laughs from the audience. Whose weenie? And what kind of strange love? Mmmmmmmmmm. My mind wonders.

  21. Tero Heikkinen
    December 11, 2012

    Music branch knows that the most popular nominee always wins, so they might skip Adele just for that reason. They may not like sure-winners.

  22. JP
    December 11, 2012

    “This is the end… the Oscar is mine!” ADELE

  23. December 11, 2012

    The voting procedure for this category stinks. As a consequence, I can’t muster much enthusiasm.

    The holy motors song didn’t make it in? What? Was it not an original? Was it only part original? Regardless, how many people had heard of it before the film? And what would the movie have been without it?

    It couldn’t make a list of SEVENTY-FIVE?

    Glad I didn’t have any expectations for its chances. I wish AD would boycott this category. It has a long history of making poor choices both in what it includes and leaves out.

    /sour grapes

  24. Duck Soup
    December 11, 2012

    No Who Were We?!?!?!?!

    No Sugar Rush?!?!?!?!


  25. Mel
    December 11, 2012

    We all know this belongs to Adele. Please.

  26. Joseph
    December 11, 2012

    I know they don’t vote like this, but if ABC wants more ratings nominate Adele, Mumford and Sons, Florence and The Machine, Katy Perry and Hugh Jackman’s #. Could have a promo just for the live performances alone.

  27. Free
    December 11, 2012

    Razors Out! Won’t get nominated but still.

    As for this being Adele’s to lose, I agree (right now), but I’d watch out for Paul Williams. . .

  28. PaulH
    December 11, 2012

    My final five (and please let it be FIVE):

    Skyfall, Adele
    Abraham’s Daughter, Arcade Fire, The Hunger Games
    Song of the Lonely Mountain, Neil Finn, The Hobbit
    Beaten Up and Broken Down, Charlie Hirsch, Least Among Saints
    Breath of Life, Florence and the Machine, Snow White and The Huntsman

    Still too bad Taylor Swift/The Civil Wars’ Safe and Sound is ineligible.

  29. PJ
    December 11, 2012

    Go Skyfall! Beat that les zzzz song!

  30. filmix
    December 11, 2012

    Skyfall is a Classic Bond Song with lyrics that encapsulates the film beautifully. it’s a Clear WINNER and to have Adele at the Oscars can’t hurt the telecast that’s for sure.

  31. Zach M.
    December 11, 2012

    NGNG: “Yo No Se” from Casa De Mi Padre

  32. jhfg
    December 11, 2012

    SKYFALL is not disqualified!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yes yes yes
    this news made my day!

  33. Rudi Mentär
    December 12, 2012

    The Succes of SKYFALL alone is reason enough for the Academy to give Adele the award. they want to honour the film at least with something. maybe it even wins for Song and Cinemtagraphy … plus Sound? well, has a Bond-movie ever one an Oscar, before??

  34. K. Bowen
    December 12, 2012


    For one thing, it’s quite a good song by the world’s biggest musical performer of the moment.

    For the second thing, it would be nice to have a winning song that people have actually heard. That’s the way it used to be.

    For the third thing, its placement in the film is perfect. It takes what’s happening on the screen at that moment and builds on it.

  35. Kelly
    December 12, 2012

    “From Here to the Moon and Back” by Dolly Parton is one of her best songs in recent years. It’s also one of the best things from that came out of Joyful Noise.

    Not to mention it’s Dolly. A living legend.

  36. Kelly
    December 12, 2012

    I just hope there’s more than 2 nominees. The last few years have been so depressing. I used to LIVE for the music performances at the Oscars, child because they were OVAH!!!

  37. Nev
    December 12, 2012

    Howwww is Kingdom Come by The Civil Wars (The Hunger Games) not on here??
    They’d better mollify my indignation by nominating The Arcade Fire song that’s listed.
    Yes. Grr.

  38. Joseph Klemm
    December 12, 2012

    My picks for the current favorites to get a nomination IMO:

    “Learn Me Right” from “Brave” (Grammy nominee)
    “Abraham’s Daughter” from “The Hunger Games” (Grammy nominee)
    “Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
    “Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
    “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted” (Song co-written by a guy who is not only this year’s host, but has received numerous Emmy nominations for writing songs for Family Guy)
    “When Can I See You Again?” from “Wreck-It Ralph”

  39. nixon
    December 13, 2012

    dotted line from people like us..very emotional song

  40. Chris S.
    December 13, 2012

    No “Safe and Sound” from Hunger Games? That song was amazing!

    Oh, well. Go Adele!

  41. John
    December 13, 2012

    My five =
    1. Skyfall
    2. Abraham’s Daughter
    3. Learn Me Right
    4. Breath of Life
    5. I’m sure one of these others is good. But the four I’ve picked would be a pretty solid lineup!

  42. Leocdc
    December 14, 2012

    If there’s any justice “Big Machine” from Safety Not Guaranted should be nominated. I haven’t heard a better original song in a movie from 2012 (And I’ve seen Skyfall, THG and Brave).

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