Songs written or performed by Adele, Arcade Fire, Jon Bon Jovi and Florence Welch are among the 75 songs that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has deemed eligible for 2013 Oscar consideration.
The 75 includes a few documentary entries, among them Perry's "Wide Awake" from the Paramount-released concert documentary "Katy Perry: Part of Me," the new song from Paul Williams, "Still Alive," that closes the documentary "Paul Williams Still Alive" and Bill Carter's "Anything Made of Paper" from "West of Memphis."
Adele and Paul Epworth, the team behind "Rolling in the Deep," wrote "Skyfall" together and it was released as a single 10 weeks ago. Currently No. 43 on the Hot 100, it peaked at No. 8. If it is nominated it will be the fifth James Bond theme song to secure a nomination, but the first in 31 years. No Bond song has ever won an Oscar.
Glen Hansard, who won in the original song category for "Falling Slowly" in "Once" in 2008, has "This Gift" from "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" in the running.
Only one of R. Kelly's songs from "Sparkle" made the grade, the Jordin Sparks-sung "One Wing." Arcade Fire's "Abraham's Daughter" is the lone representative from "The Hunger Games." And one that many people might forget -- the title track from "Casa De Mi Padre" that Christina Aguilera sings on camera -- is also on the initial ballot.
"Song of the Lonely Mountain," Neil Finn's end-credits song from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," Bon Jovi's "Not Running Anymore" from "Stand Up Guys," and Rick Ross's "100 Black Coffins" from "Django Unchained" are among the songs under consideration from films that have yet to open theatrically.
The Academy has vigorously enforced its rules for a song to be eligible. To be considered, a song must consist of original words and music and be written specifically for the film. An intelligible, substantive rendition has to be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.
During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch receive DVD copies of the song clips and then vote for up to five songs.
In a change from last year -- when just two songs were nominated -- the five works receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominees for final voting for the award.
For a full list of eligible songs, go to http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2012/20121211.html
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