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Big names in the running for possible best song Oscar nomination

The field is slowly narrowing down: 79 songs are currently in the running for a shot at the 5 spots on the official Oscar ballot for best original song.

And it’s starting to feel more like the Grammys.

This year’s crop of contenders includes some pretty big names in the music biz. Names like Lorde, Coldplay, Usher, Sia, John Legend, Lana Del Rey and the ailing Glen Campbell are in the running for a shot at the gold statuette come Feb. 22.

Billboard.com has this to say:

Coldplay’s “Miracles” appears in the film Unbroken”; Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” closes “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One.” Sia and Greg Kurstin’s “Opportunity” is a showstopper in “Annie”; and Smith’s “Mercy Is” is sung by Russell Crowe in “Noah.” Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” recorded at his final session, provides a final moment of poignancy in the documentary about his fight against Alzheimer’s, “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me.”

Other pop stars in the running include John Legend and Common’s “Glory” in “Selma,” Lana Del Rey’s performance of the title song to Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” Adam Levine and Keira Knightley’s versions of Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois’s “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again” and Fall Out Boy’s “Immortals” from “Big Hero 6.” Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is represented with “America For Me” from “A Most Violent Year.”

Two songs from “The Fault in Our Stars” are in the running, Grouplove’s “Let Me In” and Birdy’s 
”Not About Angels.” Bon Iver’s “Heavenly Father” and the Shins’ “So Now What” were submitted from Zac Braff’s “Wish I Was Here.”

See the full list of 79 song hopefuls here.