By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 16, 2008 at 9:01AM
Forty-nine songs from eligible feature films are contending for nominations in the Original Song category for the 81st Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed here. They include 11 songs from "High School Musical 3" (or over a fifth of the contenders). On Tuesday, January 6, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in Los Angeles. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category. The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.