Hannah Montana? Ed Helms? What do YOU think should be nominated for an Original Song Oscar?

I’ve embedded my favorite from the 63 songs named yesterday as contenders for the Original Song category at this year’s Oscars: Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett’s “The Weary Kind,” which I have fallen in love with despite not yet having seen the actual film. (I’m a Bingham nut; sue me.) God only knows what sort of chances Bingham and Burnett have — while I don’t think Randy Newman is nominated personally, The Princess and the Frog is all up in this dancerie, as is Hannah Montana: The Movie (though not “The Climb,” for previously explained reasons), and Karen O’s great work from Where the Wild Things Are. Seems like the new songs from Nine (regardless of quality) would also be utterly irresistible to voters, and we here at EW threw our weight behind “Stu’s Song” from The Hangover all the way back in June. If “I’m On a Boat” can get nominated for a Grammy, why can’t Ed Helms find Oscar gold?

Read the full list of eligible songs after the jump, and give us your picks in the comments: If you were choosing this year’s Academy Award nominees, Mixers, who would make the cut?

“All Is Love” from “Where the Wild Things Are”
“Almost Over You” from “My One and Only”
“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“AyAyAyAy” from “The Maid”
“Back to Tennessee” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
“Being Bad” from “Duplicity”
“Blanco” from “Fast & Furious”
“Brothers in Arms” from “Brothers at War”
“Butterfly Fly Away” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
“Cinema Italiano” from “Nine”
“Colorblind” from “Invictus”
“Depression Era” from “That Evening Sun”
“Don’t Walk Away” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
“Dove of Peace” from “Bruno”
“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“Fly Farm Blues” from “It Might Get Loud”
“Forget Me” from “I Love You, Beth Cooper”
“God Bless Us Everyone” from “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”
“Here” from “Shrink”
“Hideaway” from “Where the Wild Things Are”
“Hoedown Throwdown” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
“I Bring What I Love” from “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love”
“I See You” from “Avatar”
“(I Want to) Come Home” from “Everybody’s Fine”
“If You’re Wondering” from “The Lightkeepers”
“Impossible Fantasy” from “Adventures of Power”
“Innocent Child” from “Skin”
“Invictus 9,000 Days” from “Invictus”
“Legendary” from “Tyson”
“Let Freedom Reign” from “Skin”
“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36”
“Ma Belle Evangeline” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“My One and Only” from “My One and Only”
“Na Na” from “Couples Retreat”
“Never Knew I Needed” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“New Divide” from “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
“New Jersey Nights” from “Adventures of Power”
“New York Is Where I Live” from “Did You Hear about the Morgans?”
“No Time for Love” from “Simon & Malou”
“One Day” from “Post Grad”
“Only You” from “The Young Victoria”
“Other Father Song” from “Coraline”
“Petey’s Song” from “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” from “Ponyo”
“Possibility” from “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”
“Raining Sunshine” from “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
“Running Out of Empty (Make Ourselves at Home)” from “Lymelife”
“Smoke without Fire” from “An Education”
“Somebody Else” from “Crazy Heart”
“Stu’s Song” from “The Hangover”
“Take It All” from “Nine”
“Through the Trees” from “Jennifer’s Body”
“Trust Me” from “The Informant!”
“Un Bouquet des Violettes” from “New York, I Love You”
“We Are the Children of the World” from “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
“We Love Violence” from “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart”
“When You Find Me” from “Adam”
“Winter” from “Brothers”
“The Word Is Love” from “Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!”
“You Got Me Wrapped around Your Little Finger” from “An Education”
“You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
“You’ve Been a Friend to Me” from “Old Dogs”

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  • Heather

    Stu’s Song all the way!!! If Blame Canada can be nominated then why not Stu’s Song? Too bad the lounge version of Candy Shop can’t be nominated :(

  • Michael H.

    “All is Love” and “Hideaway” by Karen O and the Kids – WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
    “Only You” – Sinead O’Connor, THE YOUNG VICTORIA
    “Smoke Without Fire” – Duffy, AN EDUCATION

  • Josh

    Count me in for “Stu’s Song” too. If nothing else, just to see Ed Helms perform it at the Oscars. The intro, applause and preparation for a song that’s like 55 seconds long would add to the hilarity.

  • crispy

    Going with Karen O for this one!

  • Stephanie

    “When You Find Me” from Adam. Absolutely beautiful song.

    • Aaron

      Agreed. A standout on a beautiful soundtrack.

  • HD

    “Time For Miracles” because Adam Lambert needs to perform on the Oscar stage.

  • Bill

    I think the Paul McCartney song from Everybody’s Fine – (I Want To) Come Home – is a contender, if only because it’s Paul McCartney.

  • Kristen

    If “Stu’s Song” wins, that would be incredible. Also incredible? Ed Helms’ acceptance speech and performance.

  • Jay

    I’m still annoyed that Help Yourself from Up in the Air wasn’t eligible. Although I could say the same thing for There Will Be Blood’s score. Stupid technicalities.

    I’ll hope for Stu’s Song. Seeing Ed Helms perform would almost make up for Bruce Springsteen’s snub last year. Almost.

  • Celia

    I want Stu’s song and “Down in New Orleans” from The Princess and the Frog to get nominated!! :D

    • Meredith

      Same here!!!

  • JayeByrd

    “Dig A Little Deeper” from the PatF. The Best Song in the movie!!

    • @JayeByrd

      I loved that one too! And also “Friends On The Other Side.”

  • Celia

    And also “Ma Belle Evangeline” and “Only You” by Sinead O’connor.

  • Dave

    Whitney, can you (or Dave Karger) explain how a song becomes eligible? For example, why aren’t all the songs from The Princess and the Frog on this list? Or “Be Italian,” from Nine, which I thought was written for the movie. Why isn’t that included? I’ve noticed similar cases in past years as well, and never been clear what determines eligibility. Thanks…

    • Chris

      Hey Dave.
      The basic eligibility rules are that the song most be written specifically for the film. So if the song was written prior to being involved with the particular film, then it is ineligible. Also, songs that use sampled material are ineligible too. The best I can guess about the song you mentioned from Nine is that it was used in the previous stage version of the musical. This would render it ineligible as well, since it wasn’t made specifically for the film. The songs from Nine that are nominated must all be original songs that were not in the stage version or any previous version and were written specifically for the film.
      Hope that clears it up for you.

  • Vince

    This is a no-brainer: “I See You” from Avatar. I mean that.

  • tom

    Weary Kind for the win

    And I hate Hannah Montana with a deep passion, but I heard “Back to Tennesse” on CMT and it is actually a very good song.

    • rachelcard

      are you kidding me

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