You decide: What will win the Oscar for Best Original Song?

Last year’s winner for Best Original Song was “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets,” written by Bret McKenzie.

Songs from children’s films have often done well in this category. The previous year, “Toy Story 3” won for Randy Newman‘s theme “We Belong Together.” Songs from the animated films “Monsters Inc.” (“If I Didn’t Have You”), “Tarzan” (“You’ll Be in My Heart”), and “The Prince of Egypt” (“When You Believe”) have also won.

But a variety of styles and genres have also prevailed in recent years, from hip-hop (“Lose Yourself” from “8 Mile,” “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle & Flow”), to country (“The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart”), to Indian (“Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire”), to folk (“Falling Slowly” from “Once”).

The category has been in flux in recent years, with recent procedures dictating that a song receive a minimum score from voters in order to be nominated. (Last year, only two tunes made the cut.) That has been amended this year, and the Academy will once again nominate the top five vote-getters.

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Among the contenders are “Suddenly,” written by the composers of “Les Miserables” for its theatrical release; Adele‘s title song from the James Bond film “Skyfall“; and “Still Alive” from the documentary “Paul Williams: Still Alive.”

Two tracks from “Brave” could make the cut (“Learn Me Right” and “Touch the Sky“) as well as a pair from the gospel musical “Joyful Noise” (“From Here to the Moon and Back” and “Not Enough“).

A trio of songs from “Lawless” could be in the running, including “Midnight Run” performed by Willie Nelson, as well as “Fire in the Blood” and “Cosmonaut” performed by the Bootleggers and Emmylou Harris.

3 thoughts on “You decide: What will win the Oscar for Best Original Song?

  1. And what about the songs written for the Hunger Games… Safe and Sound, Abraham’s Daughter and Eyes open…All of them are really good and could also have a chance to be nominated.

  2. rdc, no film now can pull a “Dreamgirls” or “Enchanted” by getting 3 nominations. The Academy’s rule of placing a cap on the number of song nominations that one film can get, it’s 2 by the way, is still in effect.

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