The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 41 songs are in contention for the best original song category award at the 2011 Oscars.

Three of them come from Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, which had its UK premiere this week.

Also featuring on the long list are tracks performed by Gwyneth Paltrow, Janet Jackson and Alanis Morissette.

The eligible songs will be whittled down to a list of no more than five by the time the Academy Award nominations are announced on 25 January, reports the BBC.

The 2011 Oscars will be held on 27 February at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

Paltrow – who previously had a singing role in 2000 film Duets – features on two eligible tracks taken from her country music drama, Country Strong.

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