On Jan 5 2012 voting members of the music branch in Los Angeles will view clips featuring each song, in random order, prior to determining the nominees by an averaged point system of voting.

The original songs, along with the film in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:

The World I Knew – African Cats
Lay Your Head Down – Albert Nobbs
Star Spangled Man – Captain America: The First Avenger
Collision Of Worlds – Cars 2
Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu – DAM999
DAM999 Theme Song – DAM999
Mujhe Chod Ke – DAM999
Rainbird – Dirty Girl
Keep On Walking – The First Grader
Where The River Goes – Footloose

Hello Hello – Gnomeo & Juliet
Love Builds A Garden – Gnomeo & Juliet
Bridge Of Light – Happy Feet Two
The Mighty Sven – Happy Feet Two
Never Be Daunted – happythankyoumoreplease
Hell And Back – Hell And Back Again
The Living Proof – The Help
Coeur Volant – Hugo
It’s How We Play – I Don’t Know How She Does It
When The Heart Dies – In The Land Of Blood And Honey

Ja Nao Estar – José And Pilar
The Keeper – Machine Gun Preacher (pictured)
Life’s A Happy Song – The Muppets
Man Or Muppet – The Muppets
Pictures In My Head – The Muppets
Summer Song – The Music Never Stopped
Imaginary Friends – Olive
Sparkling Day – One Day
Taking You with Me – Our Idiot Brother
The Greatest Song I Ever Heard – POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Hot Wings – Rio
Let Me Take You To Rio – Rio
Real In Rio – Rio
Shelter – Take Shelter
Gathering Stories – We Bought A Zoo
Pop – White Irish Drinkers
Think You Can Wait – Win Win
The Backson Song – Winnie The Pooh
So Long – Winnie The Pooh

If no song receives an average score of 8.25 or more, there will be no nominees in the category. If only one song achieves that score, it and the song receiving the next highest score shall be the two nominees. If two or more songs up to a maximum of five achieve that score, they shall be the nominees.

A DVD copy of the song clips will be made available to those branch members who are unable to attend the screening and who request it for home viewing. A mail-in ballot will be provided.

Under Academy rules, a maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film. If more than two songs from a film achieve a score of 8.25 or more, the two songs with the highest scores will be the nominees.

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.   

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Jan 24, 2012.

  • The Academy also announced last night [19] that 265 features are eligible for the awards. To be eligible for consideration, features must have a run time of more than 40 minutes and must open in a commercial theatre in Los Angeles County by midnight Dec 31 and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Contenders must be exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film or in a qualifying digital format. Features that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are ineligible for Academy Awards in any category