The nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards were announced this morning (January 14th) by actor John Krasinski, directors Guillermo Del Toro and Ang Lee and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
While many of Hollywood’s biggest stars were nominated in the acting categories, the pop music world is well represented in the “Original Song” category, with Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and The Weeknd each receiving a nomination.
2016 shaping up to be a big year for Gaga: she won her first Golden Globe for her work on American Horror Story: Hotel on Sunday, is planning to release an album later this year and now has racked up a prestigious nomination for “Til It Happens to You”, the powerful ballad she co-wrote with Diane Warren, for the documentary “The Hunting Ground”. The “Born This Way” singer had a big moment at last year’s Oscars when she sang a flawless tribute to the Sound of Music. Will she have an even bigger moment this year and take home an Oscar?
Gaga took to Twitter to thank the Academy, posting: “This nomination lends a voice to victims and survivors all over the world. Thank you to THE ACADEMY for recognizing the movement of people who have come together for this film and song in the name of sexual assault. Myself and Diane are simply honored to represent the voices of so many SURVIVORS.”
— The Countess (@ladygaga) January 14, 2016
Fresh of his win at the Golden Globes, Sam Smith’s nomination comes as no surprise. His Spectre theme “Writing’s on the Wall” already earned Sam a golden statue and is now well on its way to joining Adele’s “Skyfall” among the ranks of Oscar-winning Bond themes.
Sam also shared his excitement on social media, posting a pic of his “Oscar nomination face”.
While Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” is noticeably absent from the nominees, The Weeknd’s Fifty Shades of Grey track “Earned It” managed to rack up a nomination. He thanked the Academy for the recognition on Twitter, and called it a truly “proud moment”.
it can't get more surreal than this. thank you for the recognition @TheAcademy . truly a proud moment.
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) January 14, 2016
Gaga, Sam and The Weeknd are up against “Manta Ray” from the film Racing Extinction and “Simple Song No. 3” from Youth.
We’d also like to mention the documentary Amy, detailing the rise and fall of Any Winehouse, was nominated for in the Documentary Feature category.
Best Original Song Nominations:
“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction
Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty
“Simple Song #3” from Youth
Music and Lyric by David Lang
“Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
“Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
The 88th Academy Awards air on February 28th. You can see the full list of nominees here.