By David Poland

42 Songs Compete for 78th Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 42 original songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are being considered for the 78th Academy Awards®.

The original songs, along with the motion picture, are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Along the River” from “End of the Spear”

“Angels Talk” from “Angels with Angels”

“Butterfly” from “Because of Winn-Dixie”

“Can’t Take It In” from “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

“Closer Every Day” from “Freezerburn”

“Dicholo” from “The Constant Gardener”

“Do the Hippogriff” from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

“Dreamer” from “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story”

“Face of Faith” from “Rumor Has It”

“Fight for the Children” from “Palindromes”

“Finding Home” from “Finding Home”

“Great Big World” from “Hookwinked”

“Have a Little Faith” from “The Theory of Everything”

“Hustle & Flow (It Ain’t Over)” from “Hustle & Flow”

“(I’d Have It All) If I Had Drew” from “My Date with Drew”

“If I Apologize” from “Mirrormask”

“I’ll Be Near You” from “Bee Season”

“I’ll Whip Ya Head Boy” from “Get Rich or Die Tryin'”

“In the Deep” from “Crash”

“It Ain’t Over Yet” from “Racing Stripes”

“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle & Flow”

“I’ve Gotta See You Smile” from “Because of Winn-Dixie”

“Mad Hot Ballroom” from “Mad Hot Ballroom”

“Move Away and Shine” from “Thumbsucker”

“My Brother, My People” from “Blues by the Beach”

“Nobody Jesus But You” from “Palindromes”

“One Blood” from “Green Street Hooligans”

“One Little Slip” from “Chicken Little”

“One Safe Place” from “The Upside of Anger”

“Reachin’ for Heaven” from “Ice Princess”

“Remains of the Day” from “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride”

“Same in Any Language” from “Elizabethtown”

“Shine” from “Robots”

“Shoulder to Shoulder” from “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie”

“So Long and Thanks for All the Fish” from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

“Taking the Inside Rail” from “Racing Stripes”

“Tell Me What You Already Did” from “Robots”

“There’s Nothing Like a Show on Broadway” from “The Producers”

“These Days” from “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”

“This Is the Way” from “Palindromes”

“Travelin’ Thru” from “Transamerica”

“You’re Gonna Die Soon” from “Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic”

The Academy will screen three-minute clips of each song in random order for music branch voting members on January 17 and again on January 23. At these screenings, members will vote to nominate three to five songs for Oscar consideration.

In order to make this list of eligible submissions, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original, and written specifically for the film.

Nominations for the 78th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 31, 2006, at 5:30 a.m. PST, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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