Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, Pharrell Make Oscars Long List For Best Original Song
Yeezy season Oscar season approaching, and the first order of business for the Academy is figuring out which songs are eligible for the Best Original Song category. The cabal has settled on a preliminary list of 75 songs from films released this year that qualify and are now in the running for an official nomination. Among those songs up for consideration are Lana Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful” from The Great Gatsby, Pharrell’s “Happy” from Despicable Me 2, Taylor Swift’s “Sweeter Than Fiction” from One Chance and Coldplay’s “Atlas” from Catching Fire.
A pair of Nelson Mandela tributes also made the list: Jennifer Hudson’s “Bleed For Love” from Winnie Mandela and U2’s “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Additionally, Lana wasn’t the only one plucked from the star-studded Gatsby soundtrack. Jay Z’s “100$ Bill” is also in the mix, as well as Florence + The Machine’s “Over The Love,” The xx’s “Together” and the Fergie/Q-Tip/GoonRock collab “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody.” We’re left wondering if the Oscars know what “best” means.
Anyway, this list will eventually be whittled down to five nominees based on Academy voting, and they’ll be announced along with the rest of the nominations on January 16. The 86th Academy Awards take place March 2 in Hollywood.