Begin the Campaign for 'Ladies of Tampa' as 75 Songs Compete for Original Song at the 2013 Oscars

Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike
Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike
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My three nominees for Best Original Song for the 2013 Critics' Choice Awards were "100 Black Coffins" from Django Unchained, "Skyfall" from Skyfall and "Ladies of Tampa" from Magic Mike. Of my nominees only "Skyfall" made the official list of nominees, but hopefully the Academy will right a couple of wrongs as both "100 Black Coffins" and Matthew McConaughey's "Ladies of Tampa" are among the 75 songs listed as in contention for a nomination at the 2013 Oscars.

The Academy just released the following list of which all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips. Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.

Along with "Skyfall", the Critics' Choice nominations included Keith Urban's "For You" from Act of Valor, "Learn Me Right" from Brave, "Still Alive" from Paul Williams Still Alive and "Suddenly" from Les Misérables. Right here and now I would like to say to all Academy members... Forget at least two of those four choices! Don't overlook "Ladies of Tampa" or "100 Black Coffins" and if you want another alternative, look to "Who Did That to You?" also from Django Unchained.

  • "For You" from Act of Valor
  • "Metaphorical Blanket" from Any Day Now
  • "Let It Rain" from Being Flynn
  • "Learn Me Right" from Brave
  • "Touch the Sky" from Brave
  • "Airport" from Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best
  • "Come on Girl" from Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best
  • "Someday" from Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best
  • "Protect the King" from Brooklyn Castle
  • "California Solo" from California Solo
  • "Casa De Mi Padre" from Casa De Mi Padre
  • "Del Cielo" from Casa De Mi Padre
  • "Yo No Se" from Casa De Mi Padre
  • "No Other Plans" from Celeste and Jesse Forever
  • "Before My Time" from Chasing Ice
  • "By the Light of the Moon" from Crossroad
  • "The Sambola! International Dance Craze" from Damsels in Distress
  • "When You Comin' Home" from Darling Companion
  • "Death by China" from Death by China
  • "Delhi Safari" from Delhi Safari
  • "Ancora Qui" from Django Unchained
  • "Freedom" from Django Unchained
  • "100 Black Coffins" from Django Unchained
  • "Who Did That to You?" from Django Unchained
  • "How Bad Can I Be?" from Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
  • "Let It Grow" from Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
  • "Thneedville" from Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
  • "Ain't No Train" from Downtown Express
  • "You Don't Have to Be a Star" from Fame High
  • "Jose's Martyrdom" from For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada
  • "Strange Love" from Frankenweenie
  • "Voodoo" from Halloween Party
  • "Luna Nascosta" from Hidden Moon
  • "Song of the Lonely Mountain" from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • "Abraham's Daughter" from The Hunger Games
  • "Master of the Seas" from Ice Age Continental Drift
  • "We Are" from Ice Age Continental Drift
  • "Looking for a Sign" from Jeff, Who Lives at Home
  • "From Here to the Moon and Back" from Joyful Noise
  • "He's Everything" from Joyful Noise
  • "I'm Yours" from Joyful Noise
  • "Wide Awake" from Katy Perry: Part of Me
  • "Cosmonaut" from Lawless
  • "Beaten Up and Broken Down" from Least among Saints
  • "Suddenly" from Les Misérables
  • "Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi
  • "When I Grow Up" from Losing Control
  • "Love Always Comes as a Surprise" from Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
  • "Ladies of Tampa" from Magic Mike
  • "The Baddest Man Alive" from The Man with the Iron Fists
  • "This Gift" from The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  • "Still Alive" from Paul Williams Still Alive
  • "Dotted Line" from People Like Us
  • "Snake Eyes" from Promised Land
  • "Razors.Out" from The Raid: Redemption
  • "I'm Not Leaving" from Re:Generation
  • "Still Dream" from Rise of the Guardians
  • "Undercover Love" from Rock of Ages
  • "Big Machine" from Safety Not Guaranteed
  • "I Be Here" from Saint Dracula
  • "I Have Secrets" from Saint Dracula
  • "Skyfall" from Skyfall
  • "Breath of Life" from Snow White and the Huntsman
  • "Gone" from Snow White and the Huntsman
  • "One Wing" from Sparkle
  • "Not Running Anymore" from Stand Up Guys
  • "Feel Love" from Struck by Lightning
  • "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from Ted
  • "Never Had" from 10 Years
  • "Dull Tool" from This Is 40
  • "She Won't Let Go" from Until They Are Home
  • "Kiss Me Goodbye" from Virginia
  • "Anything Made of Paper" from West of Memphis
  • "Hashishet Albi" from Where Do We Go Now?
  • "When Can I See You Again?" from Wreck-It Ralph

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 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

  • Kevin Blumeyer

    "Baddest Man Alive" is pretty awesome. Solid music video too.

  • Nick

    Nice to see Skyfall wasn't DQed.

    • Art

      Heck yea Nick

  • Travis

    Oh man. Undercover Love. That was some quality music. On a serious note, here's the shortlist I devised.

     "Learn Me Right" from Brave (it's getting attention, just shortlisting)
     "100 Black Coffins" from Django Unchained *
     "Strange Love" from Frankenweenie *
     "Song of the Lonely Mountain" from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey *
     "Abraham's Daughter" from The Hunger Games (see Brave)
     "Suddenly" from Les Misérables *
     "Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi (same reason Hugo got looked at)
     "Ladies of Tampa" from Magic Mike (please Academy?)
     "Still Alive" from Paul Williams Still Alive
     "Skyfall" from Skyfall *

    * my predictions

  • Richjr42

    "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry? WTF? Please,if there's a god,"Skyfall" will get a nod.

  • Jack

    Wide Awake
    Dull Tool
    Who Did that to You
    100 Black Coffins
    Ladies of Tampa
    The Sambola!

    Any of these, i'd be extremely happy.

  • Aleonardis

    Who Were We from Holy Motors being shafted HURTS me. I dare any other film to use a song organically as that one did. It's a storytelling device. There's backstory to these characters in that song. A serious mess-up from this branch. Then again, it might not have been submitted.

    Otherwise, Skyfall and Dull Tool are my favorites. Casa De Mi Padre from it's movie is HILARIOUS though. Ladies of Tampa would be great. Matthew McConaughey in assless chaps singing the song on stage...It'd be priceless.

  • theo

    Skyfall please!

  • marlonwallace

    i haven't heard the "Django" songs but there are still about 20 tracks on this list that I think are good. Of the ones, I'd love to see nominated.

    1. "Big Machine" performed by Mark Duplass
    2. "The Baddest Man Alive" performed by The Black Keys
    3. "This Gift" by Glen Hansard
    4. "Breath of Life" by Florence + The Machine
    5. "Dull Tool" by Fiona Apple
    6. "Never Had" performed by Oscar Isaac
    7. "Skyfall" by Adele
    8. "Learn Me Right" by Birdy w/ Mumford & Sons
    9. "No Other Plans" by Sunny Levine
    10. "Not Running Anymore" by Jon Bon Jovi

  • Ian

    I really don't care about song this year at all (it's rare that I do). But can we all agree that regardless of who gets nominated, Les Miserables has already won this award?

    • Sir Trey

      I'd say yes, but for two things...1) the Academy does some really, really weird things with this category (i.e. not even nominating Golden Globe winner and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN song "The Wrestler" back in 2008) and it's as likely to not be nominated as it is to win, especially if Les Mis doesn't turn into a complete Oscar steamroller, and 2) Adele. No Bond theme has won Best Original Song and the series hasn't gotten a nomination in this category in over three decades but if anyone could topple Les Mis and bring one home for 007 it's Adele, who's been taking home just about every award possible in the past year.

      Personally, I obviously haven't seen all of these but I'd definitely at least nominate:

      "Breath of Life"
      "Ladies of Tampa"

  • Eoin Daly

    I just noticed Willie Nelson's song is not there for Lawless

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  • Adriano

    I'd love to see Fiona Apple (for "Dull Tool") and Arcade Fire (for "Abraham's Daughter") among the nominees.

    But the Oscar usually gets it wrong when it comes to Best Song...

  • Danny

    Breath of Life - Snow White and the Huntsman

    Maybe it's not Oscar type but it's my fav. The song is epic.

  • Stiggy

    Based on recent winners I'd argue that it's Wreck it Ralph's to lose.

  • The Jackal

    Nice to see "Song of the Misty Mountain" from The Hobbit making the list of potential nominees.

    Thems the facts

  • Linda

    "Skyfall" is an easy choice since everyone knows it. How about the dark horse from Halloween Party, "Voodoo"? Elements of Creedence and Janis Joplin with a screaming violin solo reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix. Seriously cool:

  • Mark C

    Ho Hum... Same old mix of top 40 stars....

    Check out VooDoo" from Halloween Party for one of the best songs ever!!

    Guitar vs Electric Fiddle and vocals that will make you sit up and listen...

    Well done to this "indie" selection. You can check it out here:

  • Bruce

    Check out "Voodoo" from Halloween Party...unknown indie blues rockers that scorch...
    Give some deserving indies some stuff I've heard in years.

  • Leigh

    I'm most interested in the 60 songs I haven't been flooded with publicity on. When will you post portions of those songs? I found a clip of the live "Voodoo" performance at Nashville's Bluebird cafe on Youtube if anyone wants to give it a listen.
    I tend to agree with some of the comments here on the song... It's pretty awesome. Surprised it's not all over the classic rock stations. Maybe soon :)

  • Carol Hagen

    I hear VOODOO by Bruce Michael Miller and CJ Watson is an OSCAR contender. Hell, yeah! This theme rocks! It is the perfect combination of Nashville rockin’ blues, superior guitar licks and soulful vocals. It is the perfect theme music to draw the audience into an off the wall good time movie. VOODOO rushes through your veins, grabs your heart and throbs in your ears while leaving a wide open grin from ear to ear. Even OSCAR won’t stand still when he hears VOODOO; hand that golden boy a towel to mop his sweaty brow. Vote for VOODOO – often and without hesitation.

  • janet cohen

    "Voodoo" from "Hallowe'en Party" is mesmerizing! Once you hear it, you can't get
    it out of your head. Isn't that what a winner should do??