Officially, you won’t see the nominations for the Academy Awards for Best Song until January 24; but let me tell you, the Academy has their work cut out for them as 39 songs vie for the honor of winning the coveted Oscar.

I’ll save you the trouble of listing all of the songs, but there are quite a few notable ones —

Like Elton John and Lady Gaga with their duet remake of the iconic single ‘Hello, Hello’ from the “Gnomeo & Juliet” soundtrack. The film about the blue parrot, “Rio,” landed a possible nomination with will.i.am’s hot track. For those interested in the dramatic R&B from a top-notch film destined for Oscar greatness, Mary J. Blige has got the possible goods for the Oscar gold with the track ‘The Living Proof’ from the breakout film “The Help.” Even an unknown music artist (better known as a celebrity actress) like Zooey Deschanel has a possible nomination with the new “Winnie the Pooh” movie featuring a song called ‘So Long.’ The Academy even has some alternative fare coming their way with songs like ‘Gathering Stories’ by Sigur Rós’ Jonsi from the film “We Bought a Zoo” and ‘The Keeper’ by popular hard rock musician Chris Cornell from the film “Machine Gun Preacher.”

The competition is definitely there, and it’s going to be hot. But just like American Idol, cuts need to be made. Voters will be sent three-minute clips or simply head to the Academy for private screenings to score each and every song; and in order to make the cut, the song needs to hit an 8.25 at least. You can bet voters are going to need to be tough, too, because the Awards show can’t sit there for a good ten minutes listening to all the nominees!

So what do you think? Elton John? Or Chris Cornell? Or Lady Gaga? There are going to be a lot of tough decisions to make, and some more tough decisions made at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on February 26. Check out more concert tickets.