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Best Original Song Oscar Finalists – Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Jay Z, More – Full List

One of my favorite Oscar categories has long been the most ignored and marginalized in recent years. But Best Original Song is slowly making a comeback, as songwriting for movies makes a similar resurgence.

This year’s finalists for the Best Original Song Oscar include tracks from Taylor Swift (“Sweeter Than Fiction” from One Chance), U2 (“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Coldplay (“Atlas” from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Ed Sheeran (“I See Fire” from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Jay Z (“100$ Bill” from The Great Gatsby), Lana Del Rey (“Young and Beautiful,” also from The Great Gatsby), Pharrell Williams (“Happy” from Despicable Me 2) and Snoop Dogg (“Let the Bass Go” from Turbo). Of course, the Academy rarely populates the final list of nominees with stars, instead going with a high-profile name here, and a scattering of respected songwriters and lesser-known talents, so I wouldn’t expect to see everyone above make the cut. But I would think at least one or two would. Should be an interesting race. Check out the full list of finalists below via The Wrap:

Best Original Song Oscar Finalists - Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Jay Z, More - Full List

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“Amen” from “All Is Lost”
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
“Doby” from “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
“Last Mile Home” from “August: Osage County”
“Austenland” from “Austenland”
“Comic Books” from “Austenland”
“L.O.V.E.D.A.R.C.Y” from “Austenland”
“What Up” from “Austenland”
“He Loves Me Still” from “Black Nativity”
“Hush Child (Get You Through This Silent Night)” from “Black Nativity”
“Test Of Faith” from “Black Nativity”
“Forgiveness” from “Brave Miss World”
“Lullaby Song” from “Cleaver’s Destiny”
“Shine Your Way” from “The Croods”
“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2?
“Gonna Be Alright” from “Epic”
“Rise Up” from “Epic”
“What Matters Most” from “Escape from Planet Earth”
“Bones” from “For No Good Reason”
“Going Nowhere” from “For No Good Reason”
“Gonzo” from “For No Good Reason”
“The Courage To Believe” from “Free China: The Courage to Believe”
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
“100$ Bill” from “The Great Gatsby”
“A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” from “The Great Gatsby”
“Over The Love” from “The Great Gatsby”
“Together” from “The Great Gatsby”
“Young and Beautiful” from “The Great Gatsby”
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
“I See Fire” from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Bite Of Our Lives” from “How Sweet It Is”
“Try” from “How Sweet It Is”
“Atlas” from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
“Better You, Better Me” from “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete”
“Bring It On” from “Jewtopia”
“Aygiri Nadani” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“Har Har Mahadeva” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“I Felt” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“Of The Soil” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“Sawariya” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“In The Middle Of The Night” from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
“You And I Ain’t Nothin’ No More” from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
“Let’s Take A Trip” from “Live at the Foxes Den”
“Pour Me Another Dream” from “Live at the Foxes Den”
“The Time Of My Life” from “Live at the Foxes Den”
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
“Monsters University” from “Monsters University”
“When The Darkness Comes” from “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”
“Sacrifice (I Am Here)” from “Murph: The Protector”
“The Muslims Are Coming” from “The Muslims Are Coming!”
“Oblivion” from “Oblivion”
“Sweeter Than Fiction” from “One Chance”
“Nothing Can Stop Me Now” from “Planes”
“We Both Know” from “Safe Haven”
“Get Used To Me” from “The Sapphires”
“Stay Alive” from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
“So You Know What It’s Like” from “Short Term 12?
“There’s No Black Or White” from “Somm”
“Cut Me Some Slack” from “Sound City”
“You Can’t Fix This” from “Sound City”
“Let It Go” from “Spark: A Burning Man Story”
“We Ride” from “Spark: A Burning Man Story”
“Becomes The Color” from “Stoker”
“Younger Every Day” from “3 Geezers!”
“Here It Comes” from “Trance”
“Let The Bass Go” from “Turbo”
“The Snail Is Fast” from “Turbo”
“Speedin’” from “Turbo”
“My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise)” from “12 Years a Slave”
“Make It Love” from “Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro”
“One Life” from “The Ultimate Life”
“Unfinished Songs” from “Unfinished Song”
“For The Time Being” from “The Way, Way Back”
“Go Where The Love Is” from “The Way, Way Back”
“Bleed For Love” from “Winnie Mandela”

Interestingly enough, we might not actually see any of these songs performed on the actual Oscar telecast: for the first time ever, the Academy is holding a concert at UCLA’s Royce Hall three days before the Academy Awards, at which all the nominated composers and artists will be invited to perform. Some insiders have speculated that this will be the Academy’s way of moving song performances off of the Oscar telecast, in much the same way the honorary awards have been moved to a ceremony in November.

Members of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be provided with DVDs that the scenes in which the eligible songs are used in their respective films. The final songs chosen will be revealed when Oscar nominations are announced Thursday, January 16.

Let’s go Ed Sheeran!

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Trey_
Trey_

A lot of people dragged the Gatsby music, but I like $100 Bill. Young & Beautiful probably will have an upper hand though.

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

@Trey_ I love that you corrected the grammatical error in the title of Jay Z's song. Seeing the title "100$ Bill" just infuriates me. Not nearly as much as "Beneath Your Beautiful," but close.

kylenewman1
kylenewman1

@NickRoman1@Trey_ "Beneath Your Beautiful" isn't incorrect tho, even if it's kind of strange wording... it's basically saying "beneath your beautiful (exterior)/(shell)/(etc)"

 
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful?
Would you let me see beneath your perfect?
Take it off now, boy, take it off now, boy
I wanna see inside
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight, oh, tonight? 

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

@kylenewman1 @NickRoman1 @Trey_ Ahhhh, that makes a lot more sense. I considered he might have meant it that way, but I couldn't think of how the phrasing would have worked, relative to the rest of the song. But I like this explanation. Thanks for replying!