January 14, 2016


The Weeknd, Lady Gaga & Sam Smith Score Best Original Song Oscar Nominations

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Taylor Hill/Getty Images

The nominees for the 88th annual Academy Awards are here, and pop music faves Lady Gagathe Weeknd and Sam Smith have all scored nominations. Crazily enough, Gaga just won Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie at the 2016 Golden Globes for her role in American Horror Story: Hotel.

At the Oscars, the Best Original Song contenders shall be:
–Lady Gaga's "Til It Happens to You," from the documentary The Hunting Ground, co-written by eight-time nominee Diane Warren
–The Weeknd's "Earned It," from Fifty Shades of Grey
–Sam Smith's "Writing's on the Wall," from Spectre, the latest James Bond film
–David Lang's "Simple Song #3," from Youth
–Antony Hegarty (leader of Antony and the Johnsons) and J. Ralph's "Manta Ray" from Racing Extinction, a documentary that also features music by Sia

The Oscars will go down Feb. 28 with Chris Rock returning as host 11 years after his first time. Alejandro Iñárritu's Leonardo DiCaprio–starring The Revenant leads the pack with 12 nominations; Mad Max: Fury Road snagged 10. The Martian, Spotlight, The Big Short, Room and Bridge of Spies are other heavy hitters. We also feel compelled to tell you Star Wars: The Force Awakens is up for Best Original Score and four of the technical categories.