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Listen To A Playlist Of The Original Songs Being Considered For The 86th Academy Awards

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | December 17, 2013 | Comments ()


Original Song is one of those categories that can wreak havoc on your annual Academy Awards betting pool. Not as mysterious as Best Live Action Short Film, sure, nor as esoteric as the other tech categories. Film Editing? I just close my eyes and point. But the “Original Song” category has its own pitfalls. You never know when “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” is going to come out of nowhere to beat Dolly Parton. In order for you to make a more informed opinion this year, here’s a playlist of all the eligible songs that are available on Spotify at the moment. Some of them are straight up terrible, so have your fast forwarding fingers ready.

Collecting the (available) nominees in one place is a fun way to look at the movie musical landscape this year. That Short Term 12 inclusion is pretty phenomenal and I regret not including it in my “Best Musical Moments Of 2013” list. Also, did you know that there was a feature film called The Muslims Are Coming! released this year? Now you do. I included the wrong track from Unfinished Song because the correct one wasn’t available but the prospect of this English film about sassy elderly folks singing modern top 40 was too deliciously awful and exploitative not to share. Their version of “Let’s Talk About Sex” is nails-on-the-chalkboard bad. I hope Vanessa Redgrave was paid a mint for stooping so low. Here is a complete list of the nominated songs. Who’s got your vote?

“Amen” from “All Is Lost”
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
“Doby” from “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
“Last Mile Home” from “August: Osage County”
“Austenland” from “Austenland”
“Comic Books” from “Austenland”
“L.O.V.E.D.A.R.C.Y” from “Austenland”
“What Up” from “Austenland”
“He Loves Me Still” from “Black Nativity”
“Hush Child (Get You Through This Silent Night)” from “Black Nativity”
“Test Of Faith” from “Black Nativity”
“Forgiveness” from “Brave Miss World”
“Lullaby Song” from “Cleaver’s Destiny”
“Shine Your Way” from “The Croods”
“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
“Gonna Be Alright” from “Epic”
“Rise Up” from “Epic”
“What Matters Most” from “Escape from Planet Earth”
“Bones” from “For No Good Reason”
“Going Nowhere” from “For No Good Reason”
“Gonzo” from “For No Good Reason”
“The Courage To Believe” from “Free China: The Courage to Believe”
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
“100$ Bill” from “The Great Gatsby”
“A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” from “The Great Gatsby”
“Over The Love” from “The Great Gatsby”
“Together” from “The Great Gatsby”
“Young and Beautiful” from “The Great Gatsby”
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
“I See Fire” from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Bite Of Our Lives” from “How Sweet It Is”
“Try” from “How Sweet It Is”
“Atlas” from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
“Better You, Better Me” from “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete”
“Bring It On” from “Jewtopia”
“Aygiri Nadani” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“Har Har Mahadeva” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“I Felt” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“Of The Soil” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“Sawariya” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“In The Middle Of The Night” from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
“You And I Ain’t Nothin’ No More” from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
“Let’s Take A Trip” from “Live at the Foxes Den”
“Pour Me Another Dream” from “Live at the Foxes Den”
“The Time Of My Life” from “Live at the Foxes Den”
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
“Monsters University” from “Monsters University”
“When The Darkness Comes” from “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”
“Sacrifice (I Am Here)” from “Murph: The Protector”
“The Muslims Are Coming” from “The Muslims Are Coming!”
“Oblivion” from “Oblivion”
“Sweeter Than Fiction” from “One Chance”
“Nothing Can Stop Me Now” from “Planes”
“We Both Know” from “Safe Haven”
“Get Used To Me” from “The Sapphires”
“Stay Alive” from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
“So You Know What It’s Like” from “Short Term 12”
“There’s No Black Or White” from “Somm”
“Cut Me Some Slack” from “Sound City”
“You Can’t Fix This” from “Sound City”
“Let It Go” from “Spark: A Burning Man Story”
“We Ride” from “Spark: A Burning Man Story”
“Becomes The Color” from “Stoker”
“Younger Every Day” from “3 Geezers!”
“Here It Comes” from “Trance”
“Let The Bass Go” from “Turbo”
“The Snail Is Fast” from “Turbo”
“Speedin’” from “Turbo”
“My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise)” from “12 Years a Slave”
“Make It Love” from “Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro”
“One Life” from “The Ultimate Life”
“Unfinished Songs” from “Unfinished Song”
“For The Time Being” from “The Way, Way Back”
“Go Where The Love Is” from “The Way, Way Back”
“Bleed For Love” from “Winnie Mandela”


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • DominaNefret

    The Delta Rae kids are friends of mine, so I am a bit biased here. It would be effing rad if they got an Academy Award nom. It's been pretty crazy watching them take off the way they have.
    So, my vote is obviously "What Matters Most".

  • Man, I dig the hell out of their album. I had it on repeat for a good third of this year.

  • Fruity Fonzie

    my 10 favorites:

    Moon Song
    Over the love
    Last mile Home
    I see fire
    Young and beautiful
    So you know what it's like
    Get used to me
    The Courage to believe
    Let it go

  • Lisa Bee

    I haven't heard a lot of these yet, and while The Desolation of Smaug was definitely lacking in a lot of areas, I really REALLY love "I See Fire". I don't know, you guys... Ed Sheeran has grown on me a lot in the past little while.

  • I haven't seen Frozen yet but haven't been able to get "Let It Go" out of my head since watching the clip on You Tube (3 times) this weekend. So that's where my vote is now. I bet Young & Beautiful is going to make the final nom list along with Let It Go at least. Is the Coen brothers movie using existing music? Surprised it wasn't on the list.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Yeah it's all previously released stuff from the folk era. Only "Please Mr. Kennedy" got near eligibility, but it's too closely based on previous works to qualify. http://www.hollywoodreporter.c...

  • loganbowes

    Are we ignoring the Dallas Buyers Club soundtrack that is filled with loads of original music from prominent musical acts?

  • zeke_the_pig

    I am so, so happy Joaquin Phoenix never actually went insane.
    ...Or, you know, more so.
    Hollywood would be a shitter place without him.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    I was expecting "Sigh No More" from Much Ado About Nothing to make an appearance on that list.

    Meanwhile I learned there was a movie released this year titled 'Kamasutra 3D' with five submitted entries for best original song and that its soundtrack is apparently not a 70s style porno groove.

  • Stephen Nein

    Because only non-voting hipsters and Whedonites saw Much Ado About Nothing, and Lionsgate & Bellwhether didn't mount a campaign for it. $$ = noms, baby. I hate it, but that's the system.

  • Robert

    Short Term 12, Stoker, Frozen in that order.

  • Sarah Weissman

    No "For the First Time in Forever"? Aww. Partly disappointed because I wanted to see Kristen Bell & Idina Menzel duet at the Oscars. A lot. They should star in the next filmed live musical...

  • cj

    I'm going to go ahead and call bullshit for "In Summer" from Frozen not being nominated. Classic Broadway/Golden Age Disney song. BOOOOO.

  • kdm

    I was wondering why Frozen only has the 1 song in there. Did they not want to risk splitting the vote?

  • Robert

    Disney only submitted Let It Go. So, only Let It Go is eligible.

  • kdm

    Fair enough. I was just wondering at the thought process behind only submitting the one song.

  • cj

    That's a good question since I have no clue how the submission process works. But there were so many good songs! At least Let it Go is on there, but I think it's a wasted opportunity to not recognize how great that soundtrack is.

  • I'm putting my money behind Pharrell's "Happy". Mostly cause it's the one I liked and can remember, but also because if it's a good day, it's the best song for it ever.

    End up doing the Carlton to it.

  • I'm also pulling for "Happy", it's rare to have a positive song that sticks with you and bears many re-listens. I wonder if his involvement with the "Blurred Lines" travesty will influence academy voters...

    I know "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" probably won't get more than a moment's consideration because of the musical genre and the Oscars' self-importance, but it so perfectly suits its purpose.

  • NateMan

    Doubt if it'll win, but I agree it's a great song by a great artist. He's another one of those guys who seems to never age.

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