The Oscars short list for Best Original Song has only just been released, and already there are reports of an anonymous entity attempting to sabotage Lana Del Rey's chances at a statue.
Deadline says members of the Academy's music selection committee have received mailers featuring a bogus article purported to be printed from the Variety site. The text claims The Great Gatsby song "Young and Beautiful" is disqualified due to a technicality over the film's release date.
But no such article exists and Warner Bros. insists Del Rey's song — and the four others submitted from the same soundtrack — is perfectly legit. Academy members are currently tasked with cutting down the short list of 75 songs to a manageable number of actual nominations, to be announced January 16. Also from Gatsby: the xx's "Together," Florence + the Machine's "Over the Love," and Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock's "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)."
Warner is apparently responding by creating a new featurette highlighting "Young and Beautiful." According to Billboard, this sort of thing has happened before, though usually involving the Best Picture candidates.