Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

Austin Hargrave
Lorde was photographed on October 8, 2014 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.

Songs by ColdplayLorde, SiaGlen Campbell and Patti Smith are among the 79 songs deemed eligible for the Best Original Song honor at the 87th Academy Awards.

Coldplay's "Miracles" appears in the film Unbroken; Lorde's "Yellow Flicker Beat" closes The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One. Sia and Greg Kurstin's "Opportunity" is a showstopper in Annie; and  Smith's "Mercy Is" is sung by Russell Crowe in Noah.  Campbell's "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," recorded at his final session, provides a final moment of poignancy in the documentary about his fight against Alzheimer's, Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me.

Other pop stars in the running include John Legend and Common's "Glory" in Selma, Lana Del Rey's performance of the title song to Tim Burton's 
Big Eyes,  Adam Levine and Keira Knightley's versions of Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois's "Lost Stars" from Begin Again and Fall Out Boy's "Immortals" from Big Hero 6. Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is represented with 
"America For Me" from A Most Violent Year.

Two songs from The Fault in Our Stars are in the running, Grouplove's "Let Me In" and Birdy's 
"Not About Angels." Bon Iver's 
"Heavenly Father" and the Shins' "So Now What" were submitted from Zac Braff's Wish I Was Here.

Rio 2 has the most songs submitted, four, from various songwriters. Films and songwriters with three tunes vying for a nomination are A.R. Rahman in Million Dollar Arm,
 Wilamette Stone in If I Stay and Bret McKenzie in
 Muppets Most Wanted.

J. Ralph, a former Oscar nominee for Chasing Ice, has two songs from  documentaries in the running: "Until the End" for Garnet's Gold performed by Liza Minnelli and Wynton Marsalis and "We Will Not Go," sung by Youssou N'Dour, Salif Keïta and Fally Ipupa, from Virunga. Kaskade's "Summer Nights" from the Electric Daisy Carnival film Under the Electric Sky, is also on the list.


During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a DVD copy of the song clips and then vote for no more than five songs. To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. The Oscars will be held Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Check out a full list of eligible songs below. 

"It's On Again" from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"


"Opportunity" from "Annie"


"Lost Stars" from "Begin Again"


"Grateful" from "Beyond the Lights"


"Big Eyes" from "Big Eyes"


"Immortals" from "Big Hero 6"


"The Apology Song" from "The Book of Life"


"I Love You Too Much" from "The Book of Life"

"The Boxtrolls Song" from "The Boxtrolls"

"Quattro Sabatino" from "The Boxtrolls"


"Ryan's Song" from "Boyhood"


"Split The Difference" from "Boyhood"


"No Fate Awaits Me" from "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them"


"Brave Souls" from "Dolphin Tale 2"


"You Got Me" from "Dolphin Tale 2"


"All Our Endless Love" from "Endless Love"


"Let Me In" from "The Fault in Our Stars"

"Not About Angels" from "The Fault in Our Stars"


"Until The End" from "Garnet's Gold"


"It Just Takes A Moment" from "Girl on a Bicycle"


"Last Stop Paris" from "Girl on a Bicycle"


"Ordinary Human" from "The Giver"


"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from "Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me"


"Find A Way" from "The Good Lie"


"Color The World" from "The Hero of Color City"


"The Last Goodbye" from "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"


"Chariots" from "The Hornet's Nest"


"Follow Me" from "The Hornet's Nest"


"Something To Shoot For" from "Hot Guys with Guns"


"For The Dancing And The Dreaming" from "How to Train Your Dragon 2"


"Afreen" from "The Hundred-Foot Journey"


"Yellow Flicker Beat" from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"

"Heart Like Yours" from "If I Stay"


"I Never Wanted To Go" from "If I Stay"


"Mind" from "If I Stay"


"Everything Is Awesome" from "The Lego Movie"


"Call Me When You Find Yourself" from "Life Inside Out"


"Coming Back To You" from "Life of an Actress The Musical"


"The Life Of An Actress" from "Life of an Actress The Musical"


"Sister Rust" from "Lucy"


"You Fooled Me" from "Merchants of Doubt"


"Million Dollar Dream" from "Million Dollar Arm"


"Spreading The Word/Makhna" from "Million Dollar Arm"


"We Could Be Kings" from "Million Dollar Arm"


"A Million Ways To Die" from "A Million Ways to Die in the West"


"Way Back When" from "Mr. Peabody & Sherman"


"America For Me" from "A Most Violent Year"


"I'll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo In Malibu)" from "Muppets Most Wanted"


"Something So Right" from "Muppets Most Wanted"


"We're Doing A Sequel" from "Muppets Most Wanted"


"Mercy Is" from "Noah"


"Seeds" from "Occupy the Farm"


"Grant My Freedom" from "The One I Wrote for You"


"The One I Wrote For You" from "The One I Wrote for You"


"Hal" from "Only Lovers Left Alive"


"Shine" from "Paddington"


"Still I Fly" from "Planes: Fire & Rescue"


"Batucada Familia" from "Rio 2"


"Beautiful Creatures" from "Rio 2"


"Poisonous Love" from "Rio 2"


"What Is Love" from "Rio 2"

"Over Your Shoulder" from "Rudderless"


"Sing Along" from "Rudderless"


"Stay With You" from "Rudderless"


"Everyone Hides" from "St. Vincent"


"Why Why Why" from "St. Vincent"


"Glory" from "Selma"


"The Morning" from "A Small Section of the World"


"Special" from "Special"


"Gimme Some" from "#Stuck"


"The Only Thing" from "Third Person"


"Battle Cry" from "Transformers: Age of Extinction"


"Miracles" from "Unbroken"


"Summer Nights" from "Under the Electric Sky"


"We Will Not Go" from "Virunga"


"Heavenly Father" from "Wish I Was Here"


"So Now What" from "Wish I Was Here"


"Long Braid" from "Work Weather Wife"


"Moon" from "Work Weather Wife"