Jay Z, Coldplay and U2 make the Oscar eligibility cut for Best Original Song
On the heels of our piece detailing the unfortunate ineligibility of "Please Mr. Kennedy" from "Inside Llewyn Davis," the Academy has announced 75 original songs in competition for the Best Original Song Oscar at the 86th annual Academy Awards.
A number of films feature multiple eligible entries. There are five from something called "Kamasutra 3D," four from "Austenland," and three each from from "Black Nativity," "For No Good Reason" and "Live at the Foxes Den" and "Turbo." There are also five songs from "The Great Gatsby" that made the cut, though Warner Bros. has only been spotlighting three of them in FYC ads ("100$ Bill," "Over the Love" and "Young and Beautiful").
Tunes we were expecting to make the cut that aren't on the list include "Desperation" from "20 Feet from Stardom," "Just a Cloudy Day" from "Despicable Me 2" (likely not submitted to give a boots to "Happy," much like "Let It Go" was the only submitted tune from "Frozen") and "Ernest & Celestine's Song" from the animated "Ernest & Celestine."
Things are being done a little bit differently in the nominations process this time around, depending on the honor system rather than requiring proof of attendance at Academy screenings of the songs in context with their films. Per the language of the release, 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. A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film.
Check out the full list of players on the next page. We'll populate our Contenders section with them in due time, but for now, which five (or less) do you predict to make the cut?