Lana Del Rey victim of Academy Awards smear campaign?

A fake article saying her 'Great Gatsby' song had been disqualified from the Oscars Best Original Song category was circulated

Lana Del Rey has reportedly found herself the victim of Academy Awards smear campaign.

The singer has been nominated in the Best Original Song category for ‘Young and Beautiful’, which featured on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. However, it has been reported that an anonymous party has been sending out fake letters to members of the Academy Awards voting board, incorrectly stating that the song is ineligible for the prize, writes Deadline.

Deadline says that a printout of an online article, with the Variety title attached to it, was sent out, stating that the song was disqualified from the category because of the film’s changed release date. Warner Brothers subsequently checked the piece and found it had never been published on the Variety site.

In addition to Del Rey, M83, Jay-Z and The xx have all gained spots on the longlist for Best Original Song at next year’s Academy Awards. The round-up of 75 songs celebrates the the top music written for films this year. The Great Gatsby has the most nominated tracks, with five songs from the Baz Luhrmann film on the list. The xx’s ‘Together’ made the cut, as did Jay-Z’s ‘100$ Bill’, along with Florence And The Machine‘s ‘Over The Love’.

Elsewhere, Karen O made it on to the list for the second year in a row for ‘The Moon Song’ from Her, M83 bagged a spot for their work on Oblivion and Pharrell Williams had success with Despicable Me 2‘s ‘Happy’. The tracks will be whittled down to a shortlist, announced on January 16 2014, before the 86th annual awards ceremony on March 2 in Los Angeles.