Oscar songs for contention include the Muppets

By Chelsea Lewis,

The Academy has released a list of songs that are in contention for Oscar nominations. The Academy has a short list of 39 songs that have qualified for nomination consideration.

New York Magazine reported that Madonna did not make the list, but the Muppets managed to make the list three times over. The Muppets were on the list for, "Pictures in My Head," "Man or Muppet," and "Life's a Happy Song." Mary J. Blige's "The Living Proof" from The Help was also on the list of nominations.

Other movies that are represented on the list included, One Day, Happy Feet Two, Rio, and We Bought a Zoo.

Madonna's song, "Masterpiece," played too far into the closing credits of her film to qualify. Many thought that Madonna would be a for sure nomination.

CNN reported that it is now a wait and see moment to see which songs will be performed during the Oscar telecast. The Oscars will air on February 26.

On January 5, the Academy will screen clips from all of the movies featuring each song, for voting members of the Music Branch in Los Angeles. Following the screenings, members will determine the nominees by an averaged point system of voting. The songs must reach a certain number of points in order to be nominated.

The full list of songs are featured on Oscars.org. A full list of Oscar nominations can also be found at the same website.

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