January 16, 2014


U2, Pharrell & Karen O Nab Best Original Song Oscar Nominations

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Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic

The nominations for the 2014 Oscars were announced Thursday morning, and three of our favorites grabbed nods in the Best Original Song category.

After a spectacularly successful year, Pharrell is nominated for his song "Happy" from the animated movie Despicable Me 2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O is up for the same award for Her's "The Moon Song," which she co-wrote with the film's director (and her ex-boyfriend) Spike Jonze.

But U2 are probably the favorite in this category. Their Nelson Mandela tribute "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom won the Best Original Song Golden Globe and they were previously nominated for "The Hands That Built America" in 2002, their contribution to Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York.

This is the first Oscar nomination for both Pharrell and Karen O, though Pharrell does have some history with the Academy Awards: He composed and produced the 2012 award show alongside composer Hans Zimmer.

"Alone Yet Not Alone" from Alone Yet Not Alone and "Let It Go" from Frozen round out the Original Song category. On the Best Original Score side, Arcade Fire's William Butler and indie multi-instrumentalist Owen Pallett are up for an Oscar for their score to Jonze's Her

The 2014 Academy Awards air live, March 2, on ABC.