Oscar 2006: Academy Announces 56 Songs as Contenders

Dec 8, 2006–The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the fifty-six songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures being considered in the Original Song category for the 79th Academy Awards. It's no surprise that “Dreamgirls,” based on the hit 1981 Broadway musical, leads the pack with three candidates, but what is surprising is the inclusion of “O Kazakhstan” from “Borat.”

Last year's Oscar winner Three Six Mafia returns to the category seeking a nom for its contribution to the “Rocky Balboa” soundtrack. Other notables include tracks from popular recording artists including Toby Keith, Melissa Etheridge, Ben Folks, Outkast and Chris Cornell.

Voting members of the Academy's Music Branch will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, on January 16. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category. To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film.

Nominations for the 79th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at 5:30 a.m. PST in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Original Songs

The original songs, along with the films in which the song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Believe It” from “The Heart of the Game”

“The Best” from “Everyone's Hero”

“The Book I Write” from “Stranger than Fiction”

“Broken Bridges” from “Broken Bridges”

“Chan Chan” from “Water”

“Circle in the Sand” from “Friends with Money”

“Coming Back to You” from “Deja Vu”

“Definition of Love” from “Akeelah and the Bee”

“Dreamz with a Z” from “American Dreamz”

“Encarnacion” from “Nacho Libre”

“Every Word” from “Wordplay”

“Family of Me” from “Over the Hedge”

“A Father's Way” from “The Pursuit of Happyness”

“The Girl in Byakkoya – White Tiger Field” from “Paprika”

“Heist” from “Over the Hedge”

“Hillbilly Holla” from “Barnyard”

“Hollywood Familia” from “Hollywood Familia”

“I Belong” from “Open Season”

“I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth”

“In Rosa Vernat Lilium” from “The Nativity Story”

“It's a Fight” from “Rocky Balboa”

“Ju Hua Tai” from “Curse of the Golden Flower”

“Keep Holding On” from “Eragon”

“Khalbali” from “Rang de Basanti”

“Kingdom of Love” from “One Night with the King”

“Listen” from “Dreamgirls”

“A Lonely Man” from “Don't Come Knocking”

“Love You I Do” from “Dreamgirls”

“Luka Chuppi” from “Rang de Basanti”

“The Motion” from “3 Needles”

“My Little Girl” from “Flicka”

“Never Gonna Break My Faith” from “Bobby”

“Never Let Go” from “The Guardian”

“O Kazakhstan” from “Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”

“Open Your Heart” from “Saving Shiloh”

“Ordinary Miracle” from “Charlotte's Web”

“Our Town” from “Cars”

“Patience” from “Dreamgirls”

“Philosophy” from “Step Up”

“PJ & Rooster” from “Idlewild”

“Quest for Love” from “Arthur and the Invisibles”

“Real Gone” from “Cars”

“Really Nice Day” from “The Wild”

“Shine on 'Em” from “Blood Diamond”

“The Song of the Heart” from “Happy Feet”

“Star Mile” from “The Last Kiss”

“Still” from “Over the Hedge”

“Suenos” from “Hollywood Familia”

“Sweet Music” from “Glory Road”

“Til the End of Time” from “Little Miss Sunshine”

“Tonight” from “Night at the Museum”

“Try Not to Remember” from “Home of the Brave”

“Upside Down” from “Curious George”

“When You Taught Me How to Dance” from “Miss Potter”

“Won't Let You Fall” from “Poseidon”

“You Know My Name” from “Casino Royale”