56 songs qualify to vie for Oscar


Fifty-six songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures have qualified to vie in the best original song category at the 79th Annual Academy Awards.

Alphabetically, they range from "Believe It" from the Heart of the Game" to "You Know My Name" from "Casino Royale."

Both the musical "Dreamgirls" and the animated film "Over the Hedge" placed three songs each. The original tunes from "Dreamgirls" that qualified are "Listen," "Love You I Do" and "Patience," while "Hedge" will be represented by "Family of Me," "Heist" and "Still."

And "Borat" earned a spot on the qualifiers' list with its mock national anthem "O Kazakhstan."

On Jan. 16, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the music branch in both Beverly Hills and New York City. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category.

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.

Nominations will be announced Jan. 23, and the Oscar ceremony will be held Feb. 25.

The complete list of qualified songs includes:

"Believe It" from "The Heart of the Game"

"The Best" from "Everyone's Hero"

"The Book I Write" from "Stranger than Fiction"

"Broken Bridges" from "Broken Bridges"

"Chan Chan" from "Water"

"Circle in the Sand" from "Friends with Money"

"Coming Back to You" from "Deja Vu"

"Definition of Love" from "Akeelah and the Bee"

"Dreamz with a Z" from "American Dreamz"

"Encarnacion" from "Nacho Libre"

"Every Word" from "Wordplay"

"Family of Me" from "Over the Hedge"

"A Father's Way" from "The Pursuit of Happyness"

"The Girl in Byakkoya - White Tiger Field" from "Paprika"

"Heist" from "Over the Hedge"

"Hillbilly Holla" from "Barnyard"
"Hollywood Familia" from "Hollywood Familia"

"I Belong" from "Open Season"

"I Need to Wake Up" from "An Inconvenient Truth"

"In Rosa Vernat Lilium" from "The Nativity Story"

"It's a Fight" from "Rocky Balboa"

"Ju Hua Tai" from "Curse of the Golden Flower"

"Keep Holding On" from "Eragon"

"Khalbali" from "Rang de Basanti"

"Kingdom of Love" from "One Night with the King"

"Listen" from "Dreamgirls"

"A Lonely Man" from "Don't Come Knocking"

"Love You I Do" from "Dreamgirls"

"Luka Chuppi" from "Rang de Basanti"

"The Motion" from "3 Needles"

"My Little Girl" from "Flicka"

"Never Gonna Break My Faith" from "Bobby"

"Never Let Go" from "The Guardian"

"O Kazakhstan" from "Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"

"Open Your Heart" from "Saving Shiloh"

"Ordinary Miracle" from "Charlotte's Web"

"Our Town" from "Cars"

"Patience" from "Dreamgirls"

"Philosophy" from "Step Up"

"PJ & Rooster" from "Idlewild"

"Quest for Love" from "Arthur and the Invisibles"

"Real Gone" from "Cars"

"Really Nice Day" from "The Wild"

"Shine on 'Em" from "Blood Diamond"

"The Song of the Heart" from "Happy Feet"

"Star Mile" from "The Last Kiss"

"Still" from "Over the Hedge"

"Suenos" from "Hollywood Familia"

"Sweet Music" from "Glory Road"

"Til the End of Time" from "Little Miss Sunshine"

"Tonight" from "Night at the Museum"

"Try Not to Remember" from "Home of the Brave"

"Upside Down" from "Curious George"

"When You Taught Me How to Dance" from "Miss Potter"

"Won't Let You Fall" from "Poseidon"

"You Know My Name" from "Casino Royale"