Mary J. Blige, the National on Oscar Original Song Shortlist
Mary J. Blige, the National on Oscar Original Song Shortlist

The National, Chris Cornell, Melissa Manchester and Mary J. Blige are among the acts shortlisted for the original song Oscar.

Thirty-nine tunes were selected in all, and now move on to the next elimination round.

The National's "Think You Can Wait" appeared in the Tom McCarthy drama "Win-Win;" Cornell's "The Keeper" was featured in "Machine Gun Preacher;" Manchester's "Rainbird" took flight in indie "Dirty Girl;" and Blige's "The Living Proof" was heard in "The Help."

Animated films were well represented in the group of 39, which was announced Monday. Two songs from "Happy Feet Two," three tunes from "The Muppets," three songs from "Rio," and two tunes from "Winnie the Pooh" made the list.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen clips featuring each song in random order for voting members of the Music Branch on Jan. 5. Members will determine the nominees by an averaged point system of voting.

A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film.

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced Jan. 24.

The 39 shortlisted songs are, in alphabetical order:

"The World I Knew" from "African Cats"
"Lay Your Head Down" from "Albert Nobbs"
"Star Spangled Man" from "Captain America: The First Avenger"
"Collision of Worlds" from "Cars 2"
"Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu" from "DAM999"
"DAM999 Theme Song" from "DAM999"
"Mujhe Chod Ke" from "DAM999"
"Rainbird" from "Dirty Girl"
"Keep On Walking" from "The First Grader"
"Where the River Goes" from "Footloose"
"Hello Hello" from "Gnomeo & Juliet"
"Love Builds a Garden" from "Gnomeo & Juliet"
"Bridge of Light" from "Happy Feet Two"
"The Mighty Sven" from "Happy Feet Two"
"Never Be Daunted" from "happythankyoumoreplease"
"Hell and Back" from "Hell and Back Again"
"The Living Proof" from "The Help"
"Coeur Volant" from "Hugo"
"It's How We Play" from "I Don't Know How She Does It"
"When the Heart Dies" from "In the Land of Blood and Honey"
"Ja Nao Estar" from "José and Pilar"
"The Keeper" from "Machine Gun Preacher"
"Life's a Happy Song" from "The Muppets"
"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets"
"Pictures in My Head" from "The Muppets"
"Summer Song" from "The Music Never Stopped"
"Imaginary Friends" from "Olive"
"Sparkling Day" from "One Day"
"Taking You with Me" from "Our Idiot Brother"
"The Greatest Song I Ever Heard" from "POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold"
"Hot Wings" from "Rio"
"Let Me Take You to Rio" from "Rio"
"Real in Rio" from "Rio"
"Shelter" from "Take Shelter"
"Gathering Stories" from "We Bought a Zoo"
"Pop" from "White Irish Drinkers"
"Think You Can Wait" from "Win Win"
"The Backson Song" from "Winnie the Pooh"
"So Long" from "Winnie the Pooh"

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