Madonna out of tune with Oscars as ‘W.E.’ song not among 39 eligible

Madonna racked up her fifth Golden Globe bid for songwriting last week when “Masterpiece” from her film “W.E.” was nominated. Her fans will be disappointed to hear the end credits track isn’t among the 39 songs deemed eligible for Oscar consideration. Hers is the only high-profile omission in a competitive race.

The other four tunes that picked up Globe nods could make it to the Academy Awards. The animated “Gnomeo and Juliet“‘s Elton John and Lady Gaga duet “Hello, Hello” is a possibility. “Albert Nobbs” leading lady Glenn Close wrote the lyrics to the Sinead O’Connor-sung “Lay Your Head Down.” R&B superstar Mary J. Blige sings and co-wrote “The Living Proof” from “The Help.” And “Machine Gun Preacher” tune “The Keeper” could match up with both the Globes and Oscars.

Otherwise, look to the complete guide Gold Derby provided on this category last month. Three of the songs from “The Muppets” — “Life’s a Happy Song,” “Man or Muppet,” and “Pictures in My Head” — are still very much in the mix. Melodies from “Captain America” (“Star Spangled Man”), Cars 2 (“Collison of Worlds”), “Footloose” (“Where the River Goes”), Happy Feet 2 (“Bridge of Light”), and Winnie the Pooh (“The Backson Song,” “So Long”) are all in contention.

The Academy will screen clips for music branch members that show how each song is utilized in the film on Jan. 5. Memebers determine how good a song is by rating it on a scale of 6 to 10. Those songs averaging a 8.25 or higher are eligible to be nominated. Anywhere from zero to five songs can get nodded depending on scores. Only two songs per film can make the final ballot.

The full list of eligible tracks is as follows:

“The World I Knew” from “African Cats”
“Lay Your Head Down” from “Albert Nobbs
“Star Spangled Man” from “Captain America: The First Avenger”
“Collision of Worlds” from “Cars 2
“Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu” from “DAM999″
“DAM999 Theme Song” from “DAM999″
“Mujhe Chod Ke” from “DAM999″
“Rainbird” from “Dirty Girl”
“Keep On Walking” from “The First Grader”
“Where the River Goes” from “Footloose
“Hello Hello” from “Gnomeo & Juliet”
“Love Builds a Garden” from “Gnomeo & Juliet”
“Bridge of Light” from “Happy Feet Two”
“The Mighty Sven” from “Happy Feet Two”
“Never Be Daunted” from “happythankyoumoreplease”
“Hell and Back” from “Hell and Back Again”
“The Living Proof” from “The Help
“Coeur Volant” from “Hugo”
“It’s How We Play” from “I Don’t Know How She Does It”
“When the Heart Dies” from “In the Land of Blood and Honey”
“Ja Nao Estar” from “José and Pilar”
“The Keeper” from “Machine Gun Preacher”
“Life’s a Happy Song” from “The Muppets
“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets”
“Pictures in My Head” from “The Muppets”
“Summer Song” from “The Music Never Stopped”
“Imaginary Friends” from “Olive”
“Sparkling Day” from “One Day”
“Taking You with Me” from “Our Idiot Brother”
“The Greatest Song I Ever Heard” from “POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold”
“Hot Wings” from “Rio”
“Let Me Take You to Rio” from “Rio”
“Real in Rio” from “Rio”
“Shelter” from “Take Shelter”
“Gathering Stories” from “We Bought a Zoo”
“Pop” from “White Irish Drinkers”
“Think You Can Wait” from “Win Win”
“The Backson Song” from “Winnie the Pooh
“So Long” from “Winnie the Pooh”

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