Which Musicians Could Win the Best Original Song Oscar?

The Golden Globes always manage to outdo themselves when it comes to unlikely award nominees, but the Oscars tend to only let weirdos into the party in a single category: Best Original Song, where Eminem and Three Six Mafia have taken home Academy Awards over the last decade. Today’s 41-song eligibility list for the category indicates a few odd choices that may make the eventual group of nominees; for example, should we begin preparing ourselves to say “Oscar nominee Avril Lavigne” (she wrote “Alice,” the closing track to Alice in Wonderland), and will the Academy now recognize Eddie Vedder — who was snubbed in 2008 for his work on Into the Wild — for contributing to the much more mainstream Julia Roberts chick flick Eat Pray Love? One thing is likely: Though the Globes caught flak for nominating Burlesque, at least one of the film’s three songs is likely to squeeze into Oscar’s final round, too.

Here’s the full list of qualifying songs:

“Alice” from Alice in Wonderland
“Forever One Love” from Black Tulip
“Freedom Song” from Black Tulip
“Bound to You” from Burlesque
“Welcome to Burlesque” from Burlesque
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque
“There’s a Place for Us” from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
“Coming Home” from Country Strong
“Me and Tennessee” from Country Strong
“Despicable Me” from Despicable Me
“Prettiest Girls” from Despicable Me
“Dear Laughing Doubters” from Dinner for Schmucks
“Better Days” from Eat Pray Love
“If You Run” from Going the Distance
“Darkness Before the Dawn” from Holy Rollers
“Sticks & Stones” from How to Train Your Dragon
“Le Gris” from Idiots and Angels
“Chanson Illusionist” from The Illusionist
“Never Say Never” from The Karate Kid
“To the Sky” from Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
“What If” from Letters to Juliet
“Life During Wartime” from Life During Wartime
“Made in Dagenham” from Made in Dagenham
“Little One” from Mother and Child
“Be the One” from The Next Three Days
“If I Rise” from 127 Hours
“When You See Forever” from The Perfect Game
“I Remain” from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
“Dream Big” from Pure Country 2: The Gift
“How I Love You” from Ramona and Beezus
“Darling I Do” from Shrek Forever After
“Noka Oi” from Six Days in Paradise
“This Is a Low” from Tamara Drewe
“I See the Light” from Tangled
“Rise” from 3 Billion and Counting
“We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3
“Eclipse: All Yours” from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
“Nothing” from Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too
“A Better Life” from Unbeaten
“Shine” from Waiting for ‘Superman’
“The Reasons Why” from Wretches & Jabberers

41 Songs Eligible For Academy Awards, From “Burlesque” To “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

Which Musicians Could Win the Best Original Song Oscar?