Indie stars vie for Best Original Song Oscar nomination

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The 84th Annual Academy Awards might be getting an indie makeover. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected 39 artists and their songs to compete for a nomination for the Best Original Song award. This time around, The National, Jonsí, She & Him and Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie will be vying for the top spot.

Tomorrow, Thursday Jan. 5, members of the Academy will screen clips featuring all of the songs that were shortlisted (full list below). After a rigorous voting process, if a song makes an average score of 8.25 or better it will be nominated for the award. If no songs make at least 8.25, though, there will be no nominations.

Also, to be considered for Best Original Song, the piece must have original music and lyrics, which were written specifically for the film. The song must appear within the body of the film or be the first song cued for the closing credits.

The National is up for “Think You Can Wait” for Win Win, Jonsí is being considered for “Gathering Stories from We Bought a Zoo, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward of She & Him are up for “So Long” from Winnie the Pooh and Bret McKenzie for “Life’s a Happy Song” and “Pictures in My Head” both of which are from the new Muppet Movie.

All nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at 5:30 a.m. And the actual ceremony will be aired Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 on ABC.

Listen to these songs from The National, Jonsí and Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie:

The National – Think You Can Wait by quietriot79

Jónsi – Gathering Stories by fadedglamourblog

Download Jason Segel Man or Muppet

Here is the complete list of 39 songs being considered for the Best Original Song nomination:

• “The World I Knew” from “African Cats”
• “Lay Your Head Down” from “Albert Nobbs”
• “Star Spangled Man” from “Captain America: The First Avenger”
• “Collision of Worlds” from “Cars 2″
• “Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu” from “DAM999″
• “DAM999 Theme Song” from “DAM999″
• “Mujhe Chod Ke” from “DAM999″
• “Rainbird” from “Dirty Girl”
• “Keep On Walking” from “The First Grader”
• “Where the River Goes” from “Footloose”
• “Hello Hello” from “Gnomeo & Juliet”
• “Love Builds a Garden” from “Gnomeo & Juliet”
• “Bridge of Light” from “Happy Feet Two”
• “The Mighty Sven” from “Happy Feet Two”
• “Never Be Daunted” from “happythankyoumoreplease”
• “Hell and Back” from “Hell and Back Again”
• “The Living Proof” from “The Help”
• “Coeur Volant” from “Hugo”
• “It’s How We Play” from “I Don’t Know How She Does It”
• “When the Heart Dies” from “In the Land of Blood and Honey”
• “Ja Nao Estar” from “José and Pilar”
• “The Keeper” from “Machine Gun Preacher”
• “Life’s a Happy Song” from “The Muppets”
• “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets”
• “Pictures in My Head” from “The Muppets”
• “Summer Song” from “The Music Never Stopped”
• “Imaginary Friends” from “Olive”
• “Sparkling Day” from “One Day”
• “Taking You with Me” from “Our Idiot Brother”
• “The Greatest Song I Ever Heard” from “POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold”
• “Hot Wings” from “Rio”
• “Let Me Take You to Rio” from “Rio”
• “Real in Rio” from “Rio”
• “Shelter” from “Take Shelter”
• “Gathering Stories” from “We Bought a Zoo”
• “Pop” from “White Irish Drinkers”
• “Think You Can Wait” from “Win Win”
• “The Backson Song” from “Winnie the Pooh”
• “So Long” from “Winnie the Pooh”

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