Best Original Song 2014

Most recent update: Dec. 12, 2014

Adam Levine worries that “Lost Stars” will lose the Oscar; Keira Knightley is less bothered. (Photo via The Huffington Post)

We now have the official list of eligible songs! Check that out below

“Lost Stars” from Begin Again still looks like the one to beat, despite missing at the Golden Globes – The Weinstein Co. began pushing for this before the season even began. But Paramount Pictures has given Patti Smith’s “Mercy Is” – the ballad featured in and during the end credits of Noah – an early push for consideration, too, which did land a Globe nod. Will the early start for “Lost Stars” pay off, or will the iconic singer-songwriter angle snag the win for Smith?

I’ve included YouTube, SoundCloud, or NPR links for many songs listed.

Predictions (as of Dec. 12)


  1. “Lost Stars” from Begin Again (more)

  2. “Mercy Is” from Noah (more)

  3. “Glory” from Selma (more)

  4. “Opportunity” from Annie (more)

  5. “Split the Difference” from Boyhood (more)

Next in Line?

  1. “Miracles” from Unbroken (more)
  2. “America for Me” from A Most Violent Year (more)
  3. “Big Eyes” from Big Eyes (more)
  4. “Everything is AWESOME!!!” from The LEGO Movie (more)
  5. “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights (more)

Other Potential Nominees

  1. “Not About Angels” from The Fault in Our Stars (more)
  2. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (more)
  3. “Until the End” from Garnet’s Gold (more)
  4. “The Last Goodbye” from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (more)
  5. “What is Love” from Rio 2 (more)
  6. “Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (more)
  7. “Shine” from Paddington (more)
  8. “We Will Not Go” from Virunga (more)
  9. “I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)” from Muppets Most Wanted (more)
  10. “I Love You Too Much” from The Book of Life (more)
  11. “The Apology Song” from The Book of Life (more)
  12. “The Boxtrolls Song” from The Boxtrolls (more)

The 79 Eligible Songs


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