Thirteen songs from six animated or partly animated films are among the 39 tunes from eligible feature-length motion pictures in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 84th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday.
The original songs include “Collision of Worlds” from Cars 2; “Hello Hello” and “Love Builds a Garden” from Gnomeo & Juliet; “Bridge of Light” and “The Mighty Sven” from Happy Feet Two; “Life’s a Happy Song,” “Man or Muppet” and “Pictures in My Head” from The Muppets; “Hot Wings,” “Let Me Take You to Rio” and “Real in Rio” from Rio; and “The Backson Song” and “So Long” from Winnie the Pooh.
On Thursday, January 5, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in Los Angeles. Following the screenings, members will determine the nominees by an averaged point system of voting.
If no song receives an average score of 8.25 or more, there will be no nominees in the category. If only one song achieves that score, it and the song receiving the next highest score shall be the two nominees. If two or more songs (up to five) achieve that score, they shall be the nominees.
A DVD copy of the song clips will be made available to those branch members who are unable to attend the screening and who request it for home viewing. A mail-in ballot will be provided.
Under Academy rules, a maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film. If more than two songs from a film achieve a score of 8.25 or more, the two songs with the highest scores will be the nominees.
To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.
The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24 in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented Sunday, February 26 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by ABC. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.