There were some definite surprises in the 63 songs submitted for the Best Song Oscar in today's announcement from the Academy of Motion Pictures.

After facing a rigorous qualification standard, the following contenders will be screened in context on Tuesday, January 12, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in Los Angeles. For members who cannot make the screening, a DVD copy will be made available and a mail-in-ballot provided.  This is a change from previous years where the screening had to be in person and a New York one was provided as well.

Then it gets complicated. After viewing, the members will determine the nominees by an averaged point system vote. If no song receives an average score of 8.25 or more, there will be no nominees in the category. If only one song achieves that score, it and the song receiving the next highest score shall be the two nominees. If two or more songs (up to five) achieve that score, they shall be the nominees.  Make sense?

But wait, there's more!

The Academy notes: "A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film. If more than two songs from a film are in contention, the two songs with the most votes will be the nominees."

This is the most important part. If a studio can only get in two nominees it's not necessarily in their best interests to submit more than that number.  Therefore, it's somewhat eyebrow raising that "The Princess and the Frog," "Hannah Montana The Movie"  submitted 5 each.  Does Disney know something all the other studios don't?  An interesting strategy to say the least.

As for other contenders, "Nine," "Crazy Heart" and "Avatar" submitted their frontrunners, but in a surprise turn only Lykke Li's "Possibility" was submitted (or qualified, it's unclear) from the best-selling "New Moon Soundtrack.  No "Meet Me on the Equinox" from Death Cab for Cutie?  Hmmm. Some investigating is needed regarding that one.

Other surprises? Yes, songs from "Bruno," "I Love You Beth Cooper," "Couples Retreat" and even (no joke) "Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!".

The full list released by the Academy:

    *  “All Is Love” from “Where the Wild Things Are”
    * “Almost Over You” from “My One and Only”
    * “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog”
    * “AyAyAyAy” from “The Maid”
    * “Back to Tennessee” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
    * “Being Bad” from “Duplicity”
    * “Blanco” from “Fast & Furious”
    * “Brothers in Arms” from “Brothers at War”
    * “Butterfly Fly Away” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
    * “Cinema Italiano” from “Nine”
    * “Colorblind” from “Invictus”
    * “Depression Era” from “That Evening Sun”
    * “Don’t Walk Away” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
    * “Dove of Peace” from “Bruno”
    * “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog”
    * “Fly Farm Blues” from “It Might Get Loud”
    * “Forget Me” from “I Love You, Beth Cooper”
    * “God Bless Us Everyone” from “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”
    * “Here” from “Shrink”
    * “Hideaway” from “Where the Wild Things Are”
    * “Hoedown Throwdown” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
    * “I Bring What I Love” from “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love”
    * “I See You” from “Avatar”
    * “(I Want to) Come Home” from “Everybody’s Fine”
    * “If You’re Wondering” from “The Lightkeepers”
    * “Impossible Fantasy” from “Adventures of Power”
    * “Innocent Child” from “Skin”
    * “Invictus 9,000 Days” from “Invictus”
    * “Legendary” from “Tyson”
    * “Let Freedom Reign” from “Skin”
    * “Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36”
    * “Ma Belle Evangeline” from “The Princess and the Frog”
    * “My One and Only” from “My One and Only”
    * “Na Na” from “Couples Retreat”
    * “Never Knew I Needed” from “The Princess and the Frog”
    * “New Divide” from “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
    * “New Jersey Nights” from “Adventures of Power”
    * “New York Is Where I Live” from “Did You Hear about the Morgans?”
    * “No Time for Love” from “Simon & Malou”
    * “One Day” from “Post Grad”
    * “Only You” from “The Young Victoria”
    * “Other Father Song” from “Coraline”
    * “Petey’s Song” from “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
    * “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” from “Ponyo”“
    * "Possibility” from “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”
    * “Raining Sunshine” from “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
    * “Running Out of Empty (Make Ourselves at Home)” from “Lymelife”
    * “Smoke without Fire” from “An Education”
    * “Somebody Else” from “Crazy Heart”
    * “Stu’s Song” from “The Hangover”
    * “Take It All” from “Nine”
    * “Through the Trees” from “Jennifer’s Body”
    * “Trust Me” from “The Informant!”
    * “Un Bouquet des Violettes” from “New York, I Love You”
    * “We Are the Children of the World” from “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
    * “We Love Violence” from “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
    * “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart”
    * “When You Find Me” from “Adam”
    * “Winter” from “Brothers”
    * “The Word Is Love” from “Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!”
    * “You Got Me Wrapped around Your Little Finger” from “An Education”
    * “You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
    * “You’ve Been a Friend to Me” from “Old Dogs”