Yes, The 85th Academy Awards are just around the corner, and the list of potential nominees for Best Original Song is out. Despite it being called a shortlist, the thing is like 75 items long, so we’re going to make this as brief as we possibly can. From The Hollywood Reporter:
Among the artists included in the shortlist are Adele for “Skyfall” from the James Bond pic; Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” from her 3D concert film; Keith Urban’s “For You” from Act of Valor; Mumford & Sons, who teamed up with Birdy for “Learn Me Right” from Brave; Arcade Fire for their song from The Hunger Games‘ soundtrack, “Abraham’s Daughter”; and Dolly Parton’s “Here to the Moon and Back” in Joyful Noise. Additionally, the new song from Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, “Suddenly,” penned by legends Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, has made the list.
Also up for The Oscar: The Arcade Fire, Karen O, Rick Ross and Florence + The Machine, which makes this one of the most wide-open categories ever. Personally, I have my money on Adele, because “Skyfall” really is a stroke of genius.