Coldplay, Lorde and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders


Introduced by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 actress Elizabeth Banks, Lorde performed the song she penned for the film, "Yellow Flicker Beat," initially from inside a small, red-lit room. She then emerged to front a stoic white-dressed group as she touted her now-signature dance moves.

Songs by Coldplay, Lorde, SiaGlen Campbell and Patti Smith are among the 79 songs deemed eligible for the best original song honor at the 87th Academy Awards.

Coldplay’s "Miracles" appears in the film Unbroken; Lorde's "Yellow Flicker Beat" closes The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. Sia and Greg Kurstin's "Opportunity" is a showstopper in Annie; and Smith’s "Mercy Is" is sung by Russell Crowe in Noah. Campbell’s "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," recorded at his final session, provides a final moment of poignancy in the documentary about his fight against Alzheimer's, Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me.

Other pop stars in the running include John Legend and Common's "Glory" in SelmaLana Del Rey’s performance of the title song to Tim Burton's ?Big Eyes, Adam Levine and Keira Knightley’s versions of Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois’s "Lost Stars" from Begin Again and Fall Out Boy's "Immortals" from Big Hero 6. Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is represented with ?"America for Me" from A Most Violent Year.

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Two songs from The Fault in Our Stars are in the running, Grouplove's "Let Me In" and Birdy’s ?"Not About Angels." Bon Iver’s ?"Heavenly Father" and the Shins’ "So Now What" were submitted from Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here.

Rio 2 has the most songs submitted, four, from various songwriters. Films and songwriters with three tunes vying for a nomination are A.R. Rahman in Million Dollar Arm,? Wilamette Stone in If I Stay and Bret McKenzie in? Muppets Most Wanted.

J. Ralph, a former Oscar nominee for Chasing Ice, has two songs from documentaries in the running: "Until the End" for Garnet’s Gold performed by Liza Minnelli and Wynton Marsalis and "We Will Not Go," sung by Youssou N'Dour, Salif Keïta and Fally Ipupa, from Virunga. Kaskade’s "Summer Nights" from the Electric Daisy Carnival film Under the Electric Sky, is also on the list.?

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During the nominations process, all voting members of the music branch will receive a DVD copy of the song clips and then vote for no more than five songs. To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. The Oscars will be held Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Check out a full list of eligible songs below. 

"It's On Again" from The Amazing Spider-Man 2

?"Opportunity" from Annie

?"Lost Stars" from Begin Again?

"Grateful" from Beyond the Lights

?"Big Eyes" from Big Eyes?

"Immortals" from Big Hero 6?

"The Apology Song" from The Book of Life

?"I Love You Too Much" from The Book of Life

"The Boxtrolls Song" from The Boxtrolls

"Quattro Sabatino" from The Boxtrolls?

"Ryan's Song" from Boyhood?

"Split the Difference" from Boyhood

?"No Fate Awaits Me" from The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them?

"Brave Souls" from Dolphin Tale 2

?"You Got Me" from Dolphin Tale 2?

"All Our Endless Love" from Endless Love

?"Let Me In" from The Fault in Our Stars

"Not About Angels" from The Fault in Our Stars

?"Until the End" from Garnet's Gold

?"It Just Takes a Moment" from Girl on a Bicycle?

"Last Stop Paris" from Girl on a Bicycle

?"Ordinary Human" from The Giver

?"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me?

"Find a Way" from The Good Lie?

"Color the World" from The Hero of Color City?

"The Last Goodbye" from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?

"Chariots" from The Hornet's Nest?

"Follow Me" from The Hornet's Nest

?"Something to Shoot For" from Hot Guys with Guns

"For the Dancing and the Dreaming" from How to Train Your Dragon 2?

"Afreen" from The Hundred-Foot Journey

?"Yellow Flicker Beat" from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

"Heart Like Yours" from If I Stay

?"I Never Wanted to Go" from If I Stay

"Mind" from If I Stay?

"Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie?

"Call Me When You Find Yourself" from Life Inside Out

?"Coming Back to You" from Life of an Actress The Musical?

"The Life of an Actress" from Life of an Actress The Musical?

"Sister Rust" from Lucy?

"You Fooled Me" from Merchants of Doubt

?"Million Dollar Dream" from Million Dollar Arm?

"Spreading the Word/Makhna" from Million Dollar Arm

?"We Could Be Kings" from Million Dollar Arm?

"A Million Ways to Die" from A Million Ways to Die in the West?

"Way Back When" from Mr. Peabody & Sherman

?"America for Me" from A Most Violent Year?

"I'll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo In Malibu)" from Muppets Most Wanted?

"Something So Right" from Muppets Most Wanted?

"We're Doing A Sequel" from Muppets Most Wanted

?"Mercy Is" from Noah

?"Seeds" from Occupy the Farm

"Grant My Freedom" from The One I Wrote for You?

"The One I Wrote for You" from The One I Wrote for You?

"Hal" from Only Lovers Left Alive?

"Shine" from Paddington?

"Still I Fly" from Planes: Fire & Rescue?

"Batucada Familia" from Rio 2?

"Beautiful Creatures" from Rio 2?

"Poisonous Love" from Rio 2

?"What Is Love" from Rio 2

"Over Your Shoulder" from Rudderless

?"Sing Along" from Rudderless?

"Stay With You" from Rudderless

"Everyone Hides" from St. Vincent?

"Why Why Why" from St. Vincent?

"Glory" from Selma

?"The Morning" from A Small Section of the World?

"Special" from Special?

"Gimme Some" from #Stuck?

"The Only Thing" from Third Person

?"Battle Cry" from Transformers: Age of Extinction

?"Miracles" from Unbroken?

"Summer Nights" from Under the Electric Sky?

"We Will Not Go" from Virunga

?"Heavenly Father" from Wish I Was Here?

"So Now What" from Wish I Was Here

?"Long Braid" from Work Weather Wife

"Moon" from Work Weather Wife