74 candidates will fight it out for Oscar nominations in Best Original Song

Ricki and the Flash Meryl Streep
Right at the tail end of last week, another short list hit the web, this one having to do with Best Original Song. This establishes which tunes from the flicks of 2015 will be eligible for Academy Award nominations. Voters now officially have 74 songs to sift through, all in the name of Oscar consideration. There’s a noticeable snub in the lot, but we’ll get to that later. For now, we’ll focus in a bit with a handful of the songs that seem to be the main contenders here. At the same time though, keep this in mind…it’s really just a shot in the dark with this category.

Though there’s no way to be sure, these are the songs I’d be most inclined to assume have a chance at a nod here. There’s “None Of Them Are You” from Anomalisa, “Fighting Stronger” from Creed, “Hey Baby Doll” from Danny Collins, “Love Me Like You Do” from Fifty Shades of Grey, “See You Again” from Furious Seven, “Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground, “I’ll See You In My Dreams” from I’ll See You in My Dreams, “Flashlight” from Pitch Perfect 2, “Cold One” from Ricki and the Flash, “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre, “Mean Ol’ Moon” from Ted 2, and “Simple Song #3” from Youth. Those dozen contenders are hardly the only ones in prime position for a nom, but I think they’re definitely among the top players here. For those wondering, at the Golden Globe nomination announcement, we saw the songs from Fifty Shades of Grey, Furious Seven, Spectre, and Youth among the nominees, so make of that what you will…

Life of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys in LOVE & MERCY
The one really notable omission here is One Kind of Love from Love & Mercy being excluded from the long/short list. Considering how beloved Brian Wilson is, I’d have assumed that this one was more or less a lock. Turns out, it was ineligible I believe, due to where in the movie it plays. The film is still definitely in play elsewhere, but this is the big snub of the year. Had it been included, we might have listed it as the frontrunner, but that’s not happening. Sadly, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. Alas. There aren’t really any other notable omissions here in Original Song for 2015, so this one will get all the more attention, especially considering it could win at the Globes, where it was the other nominee. Wouldn’t that be something?

Here now are the 74 tunes duking it out for Best Original Song nominations at the Academy Awards:

“Happy” from “Altered Minds”
“Home” from “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”
“None Of Them Are You” from “Anomalisa”
“Stem To The Rose” from “Becoming Bulletproof”
“The Mystery Of Your Gift” from “Boychoir”
“I Run” from “Chi-Raq”
“Pray 4 My City” from “Chi-Raq”
“Sit Down For This” from “Chi-Raq”
“Strong” from “Cinderella”
“So Long” from “Concussion”
“Fighting Stronger” from “Creed”
“Grip” from “Creed”
“Waiting For My Moment” from “Creed”
“Don’t Look Down” from “Danny Collins”
“Hey Baby Doll” from “Danny Collins”
“Dreamsong” from “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
“It’s My Turn Now” from “Dope”
“Ya Rahem, Maula Maula” from “Dukhtar”
“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“Love Me Like You Do” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“Salted Wound” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“Hands Of Love” from “Freeheld”
“See You Again” from “Furious Seven”
“Brother” from “Godspeed: The Story of Page Jones”
“As Real As You And Me” from “Home”
“Dancing In The Dark” from “Home”
“Feel The Light” from “Home”
“Red Balloon” from “Home”
“Two Of A Crime” from “Hot Pursuit”
“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
“I’ll See You In My Dreams” from “I’ll See You in My Dreams”
“The Movie About Us” from “Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words”
“Bhoomiyilenghanumundo” from “Jalam”
“Koodu Vaykkan” from “Jalam”
“Pakalppaathi Chaari” from “Jalam”
“Yaathra Manoradhamerum” from “Jalam”
“Lost In Love” from “Jenny’s Wedding”
“True Love Avenue” from “Jenny’s Wedding”
“Hypnosis” from “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet”
“Juntos (Together)” from “McFarland, USA”
“The Light That Never Fails” from “Meru”
“The Crazy Ones” from “Miss You Already”
“There’s A Place” from “Miss You Already”
“Johanna” from “Mortdecai”
“Little Soldier” from “Pan”
“Something’s Not Right” from “Pan”
“Paranoid Girl” from “Paranoid Girls”
“Better When I’m Dancin’” from “The Peanuts Movie”
“Pink & Blue” from “Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer”
“Flashlight” from “Pitch Perfect 2”
“Birds Of A Feather” from “Poached”
“Still Breathing” from “Point Break”
“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
“Cold One” from “Ricki and the Flash”
“Torch” from “Rock the Kasbah”
“Someone Like You” from “The Rumperbutts”
“Aankhon Me Samaye Dil” from “Salt Bridge”
“Bachpana Thaa” from “Salt Bridge”
“Kanpne Lage Tum” from “Salt Bridge”
“Kyaa Bataaun Tujhe” from “Salt Bridge”
“Le Jaaye Jo Door Tumse” from “Salt Bridge”
“Na Jaane Kitni Door” from “Salt Bridge”
“Sookha Hi Rang Daalo” from “Salt Bridge”
“Feels Like Summer” from “Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“Phenomenal” from “Southpaw”
“Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre”
“Squeeze Me” from “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water”
“Teamwork” from “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water”
“Who Can You Trust” from “Spy”
“Came To Win” from “Sweet Micky for President”
“Mean Ol’ Moon” from “Ted 2”
“Love Was My Alibi” from “The Water Diviner”
“Fine On The Outside” from “When Marnie Was There”
“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”

Stay tuned to see which five songs from that list receive Oscar nominations!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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