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Rita Ora and that obnoxious song from the Lego Movie are both nominated for an Oscar and Lana Del Rey isn’t. Just let that sink in for a moment.

The Academy Award nominations for the Best Original Song have been announced and as usual they’re a shady, shady mess.

Chuck full of some usual suspects and some shots out of the left field, check out the full list of nominees below:

According to the Academy themselves, this is the full list of nominees:

“Everything Is Awesome” – Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island (The LEGO® Movie)
“Glory” – John Legend featuring Common (Selma)
“Grateful” – Rita Ora (Beyond The Lights)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell (Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me)
“Lost Stars” – Adam Levine (Begin Again)

A very strange selection, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Whilst Campbell’s nomination for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” and John Legend and Common receiving a nod for “Glory” won’t raise many eyebrows, the rest are a little less expected. I’m pleased for Adam Levine because “Lost Stars” is a beautiful song, but it’s a bit of a misnomer to claim that he’s been nominated, even though he performed the track. The award is actually for songwriting so should the cut from Begin Again win, it’ll be Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois taking home the award.

In this context, Rita Ora’s ‘nomination’ makes more sense than it might seem at first glance. “Grateful” was written by the consistently incredible Diane Warren and it actually is a good song – by no means Warren’s best, mind you. The choice to have Ora perform it still baffles me a little; I make no apologies for the fact that I’m emphatically not here for Rita and her thrift store Rihanna act, I think she’s endlessly overrated. Regardless of your opinions on the British chart-topper though, an Oscar nod may be her ticket to perform at the ceremony next month.

I almost don’t have the wherewithal to comment on the nomination for (usually amazing) Tegan and Sara with (usually dreadful) The Lonely Island, but it’s there. And yes, you are thinking of the right song. The Academy has a history of nominating strange tracks but this is on a whole new level. It’s not that the song is from an animated film, or that it doesn’t fit the usual Oscar mould, it’s just that it’s objectively unlistenable.

It seems that the clear winner will be John Legend and Common who are still riding high from their Golden Globe win, but there are three very notable Golden Globe nominees who didn’t make the final cut, namely Lorde, Sia and Lana Del Rey. Whilst I love the Sia and Lorde tracks and think they should have been nominated over some of the less predictable Oscar choices, it’s Lana Del Rey’s omission that baffles me most. The atmospheric cut from Tim Burton’s Big Eyes is one of Del Rey’s best tracks and seemed a sure selection for a nomination at yesterday’s announcement.

Incredible, right? Right.

Alas, for one reason or another, it didn’t make it, the ruthless Lana Del Rey shade continues from the Academy (remember “Young and Beautiful”? The Oscars didn’t) and she remains the underrated princess of psychedelic rock.

Check out the long list here and tell us who YOU think should have made the final cut.