Lana Del Rey’s chance at scoring an Oscar is reportedly being sabotaged. Her song “Young and Beautiful,” from the film “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack, is one of the 75 songs being considered for the Best Song category at the Academy Awards, but the members of the music selection committee were apparently told that the U.S. songstress’ entry was disqualified.
A source told Deadline that an anonymous envelope was mailed to the voting members, complete with a printout from an online article that wrongly claimed that Del Rey’s song was disqualified for the category because “The Great Gatsby” changed its release date.
The Baz Luhrmann film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, and Isla Fisher, was originally scheduled for release on Dec 25, 2012, but was moved to May 10.
The news printout appeared to be from Variety, but when Warner Bros learnt of the duplicity and checked the piece, it turned out Variety never published the erroneous article. Moreover, the article was never published in any legitimate place.
The studio couldn’t trace the origin of the bogus letter so it is now trying to set the record straight with the Oscar members who received the missive, telling them that Del Rey’s hauntingly beautiful song is still in the running for Best Song.
Seventy-five songs are also being considered for the category, including “Atlas” (Coldplay) from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Ordinary Love” (U2) from “Mandela: The Long Walk,” and “Rise Up” (Beyonce) from “Epic.”
“The Great Gatsby” has four songs from its soundtrack that are being considered, namely Del Rey’s song, “100$ Bill” (Jay-Z), “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” (Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock), “Over the Love” (Florence + the Machine), and “Together” (The xx).
The final nominees will be announced on January 16, and Warner Bros is hoping that “Young and Beautiful” would make the shortlist despite a malicious party’s deception.
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