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The Academy may not have thought much of New Moon's Jacob-to-wolf transformation, but apparently the moody music did it for 'em.
Lykke Li's "Possibility," off the Twilight sequel's soundtrack, is one of 63 tunes in the running for a nomination for Best Original Song for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards in March.
The up-and-coming Li could be sharing the stage with anyone from Bono to Miley Cyrus to Ne-Yo—or, perhaps, Paul McCartney—depending on how it all plays out.
The U2-penned-and-performed "Winter" from the Iraq-war-hits-home thriller Brothers made the initial cut, while Hannah Montana: The Movie and The Princess and the Frog each have four songs in the running.
Ne-Yo's romantic "Never Knew I Needed" from Princess could win him his first little gold man, while Miley has three shots at taking the Oscar stage as a performer for the first time (and dad Billy Ray Cyrus has one if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences digs "Back to Tennessee" the best).
McCartney, an Oscar winner for the title track to Live and Let Die in 1973, could win a return trip to the podium for "(I Want to) Come Home," one of the songs he penned for the Robert De Niro-starring family dramedy Everybody's Fine.
Karen O ("Hideaway" and "All Things Love" from Where the Wild Things Are), Leona Lewis ("I See You" from Avatar) and Jarvis Cocker ("Petey's Song" from Fantastic Mr. Fox) could also provide a little Oscar-Grammy hybridization.
Here's the full list of contenders:
- "All Is Love," Where the Wild Things Are
- "Almost Over You," My One and Only
- "Almost There," The Princess and the Frog
- "AyAyAyAy," The Maid
- "Back to Tennessee," Hannah Montana: The Movie
- "Being Bad," Duplicity
- "Blanco," Fast & Furious
- "Brothers in Arms," Brothers at War
- "Butterfly Fly Away," Hannah Montana: The Movie
- "Cinema Italiano," Nine
- "Colorblind," Invictus
- "Depression Era," That Evening Sun
- "Don't Walk Away," Hannah Montana: The Movie
- "Dove of Peace," Bruno
- "Down in New Orleans," The Princess and the Frog
- "Fly Farm Blues," It Might Get Loud
- "Forget Me," I Love You, Beth Cooper
- "God Bless Us Everyone," Disney’s A Christmas Carol
- "Here," Shrink
- "Hideaway," Where the Wild Things Are
- "Hoedown Throwdown," Hannah Montana: The Movie
- "I Bring What I Love," Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love
- "I See You," Avatar
- "(I Want to) Come Home," Everybody’s Fine
- "If You're Wondering," The Lightkeepers
- "Impossible Fantasy," Adventures of Power
- "Innocent Child," Skin
- "Invictus 9,000 Days," Invictus
- "Legendary," Tyson
- "Let Freedom Reign," Skin
- "Loin de Paname," Paris 36
- "Ma Belle Evangeline," The Princess and the Frog
- "My One and Only," My One and Only
- "Na Na," Couples Retreat
- "Never Knew I Needed," The Princess and the Frog
- "New Divide," Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
- "New Jersey Nights," Adventures of Power
- "New York Is Where I Live," Did You Hear about the Morgans?
- "No Time for Love," Simon & Malou
- "One Day," Post Grad
- "Only You," The Young Victoria
- "Other Father Song," Coraline
- "Petey's Song," Fantastic Mr. Fox
- "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea," Ponyo
- "Possibility," The Twilight Saga: New Moon
- "Raining Sunshine," Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
- "Running Out of Empty (Make Ourselves at Home)," Lymelife
- "Smoke Without Fire," An Education
- "Somebody Else," Crazy Heart
- "Stu's Song," The Hangover
- "Take It All," Nine
- "Through the Trees," Jennifer's Body
- "Trust Me," The Informant!
- "Un Bouquet des Violettes," New York, I Love You
- "We Are the Children of the World," The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
- "We Love Violence," The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
- "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)," Crazy Heart
- "When You Find Me," Adam
- "Winter," Brothers
- "The Word Is Love," Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!
- "You Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger," An Education
- "You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home," Hannah Montana The Movie
- "You've Been a Friend to Me," Old Dogs
Even if Oscar doesn't pick 'em, the artists in our Best of 2009: Killer Tunes! gallery deserve a round of applause, too!