The 74 original songs eligible for an Academy Awards nomination next month includes such big-name singer-songwriters Sam Smith (for Spectre), Lady Gaga (the documentary The Hunting Ground), Sia (Fifty Shades of Grey), Eminem (Southpaw), Rihanna (Home), Miley Cyrus (Freeheld), Jennifer Lopez (Home), Lily Allen (Pan) and Jessie J (Pitch Perfect 2).
There are multiple songs from hits such as Home (four), Fifty Shades of Grey and Creed (three each).
In there as well is Kris Fogelmark's Love Was My Alibi from The Water Diviner.
But the film with the most eligible songs – an impressive seven – is an unknown drama shot in Canberra by a first-time filmmaker who also wrote all the songs.
Abhijit Deonath, who grew up in India before moving to Australia 15 years ago, wrote and directed Salt Bridge, a low budget film about an Indian migrant (played by Bollywood star Rajeev Khandelwal) who arrives in Australia and meets a western woman (Chelsie Preston Crayford).
With most of the dialogue in Hindi, Deonath has aimed Salt Bridge at the Indian market but hopes to get a cinema release in Australia next year.
"Of course I'm surprised," he says of the songs being among the 74 announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as eligible for an Oscar.
"For a first-time filmmaker, even appearing in something about the Oscars is a big thing. It's the leading film with the number of songs in contention, which is a huge honour."
The film's composer, Marciano Telese, is also in the 112-film field for best original score.
Deonath recognises he is a very much an outsider when it comes to an Oscar nomination.
"Definitely it's tough because it's up against movies like Fifty Shades of Grey, Spectre, Spy and Home, and big names like Eminem, Lady Gaga and Rihanna but I'm hopeful," he says.
"I believe in the music that I have in the film but the songs are very different from other western songs. They're very typical Indian songs, so how that will compare with the rest of the songs, I don't know."
Members of the Academy's music branch will vote for the five nominations, which will be announced next month.
Director Abhijit Deonath (left) and producer Alakananda Deonath (centre) work on a scene with actor Rajeev Khandelwal for Salt Bridge.
Noted guests for Flickerfest masterclass
Flickerfest International Short Film Festival has two strong guests lined up for its always lively masterclass for emerging filmmakers next month.
Director Kieran Darcy-Smith, who made the drama Wish You Were Here in Australia before heading to the US to shoot the Liam Hemsworth-Woody Harrelson western By Way of Helena, will be joined (via Skype) by American director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who made the indie charmer Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
The festival opens on January 8, with FlickerLab also including sessions featuring writer-director Michael Petroni (Backtrack) and producers Liz Watts (Animal Kingdom), Nicole O'Donohue (The Daughter) and David Jowsey (Mystery Road) on January 14.
Tarantino screens Australian favourites
Samuel L. Jackson in The Hateful Eight, directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Quentin Tarantino's public appearances in Australia at screenings of The Hateful Eight next month have been hot tickets.
But he is also talking at another event showcasing two of his favourite Australian "Westernish" films – The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith and Mad Dog Morgan.
Organised by the People's Republic of Movies, Tarantino will host a Q&A with Jimmie Blacksmith novelist Thomas Keneally and director Fred Schepisi at Sydney's The Star on January 14.
"To hear Quentin's unique take on these classics, alongside some of Australia's best filmmaking and literary talents, is a once-in-a-lifetime event," says PROM founder Chris Murray.