Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” Best Original Song Oscar bid has been targeted by a saboteur.
According to Deadline, members of the Academy’s music selection committee received an anonymous envelope with a printout claiming that the song was disqualified from the Best Original Song category over a technicality involving The Great Gatsby‘s changed release date. The film was originally scheduled to be released December 25, 2012, but was moved to May 10, 2013.
The printout cited Variety, but Warner Bros. checked and found that no such story appeared on the website. When attempts to find out who sent the envelopes failed, the studio and Interscope went straight to the Oscar committee members who received the printout.
“Young and Beautiful,” as well as four other songs from The Great Gatsby, remain eligible for the Best Original Song Oscar.
Lana Del Rey also scored a Grammy nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Young and Beautiful.” The track is up against Coldplay’s “Atlas” from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jessie J’s “Silver Lining” (written by Diane Warren) from Silver Linings Playbook, Adele’s “Skyfall” (co-written with Paul Epworth), “We Both Know” by Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw from Safe Haven, and “You’ve Got Time” by Regina Spektor from Orange is the New Black.
The 27-year-old also received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album for her third EP Paradise.
Del Rey recently released Tropico, a 30-minute short film directed by Anthony Mandler. The video is “based on the biblical story of sin and redemption.” She also announced that her new album will be titled Ultraviolence, a term that originally appeared in Anthony Burgess’ 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange. Del Rey said she isn’t sure what the next album will sound like, and that her muse is “very fickle” and only comes to her sometimes.