"Let It Go" from "Frozen" and U2's "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" are among the Oscar nominees for Best Song, but the big story is the number of heavyweights who were passed over for a nod, including Coldplay's "Atlas" from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Taylor Swift's "Sweeter Than Fiction" from "One Chance" and any songs at all from "The Great Gatsby" (including Jay Z's "100$ Bill" and Lana Del Rey's "Young And Beautiful").
Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato both have hits with "Let It Go," which is likely to win on March 2. The "Frozen" soundtrack has been the best-selling album in the country for the past two weeks. The song's co-writer, Robert Lopez, has won three Tonys (for "Wicked" and "The Book Of Mormon").
This is U2's second Best Song nomination. The band members were nominated 11 years ago for writing a song for Martin Scorsese's "Gangs Of New York."
Pharrell Williams is nominated for "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2." Williams is nominated for seven Grammys this year. He is featured on two of the five nominees for Record of the Year (a Grammy first)—Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."
Movie director Spike Jonze is nominated for co-writing "The Moon Song" from his movie "Her." Jonze is nominated in two other categories this year: Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. He was first nominated for directing 1999's "Being John Malkovich." So his four career nominations are all in four different categories, a rare and impressive feat.
The "snub" of songs from "The Great Gatsby" may have simply been due to the fact that five songs from the movie were on the list of 75 eligible songs this year. They may have split the vote. (By contrast, all five of the nominated songs were the only songs from those movies that were on the eligibility list.)
Justin Timberlake co-wrote a song from "Inside Llewyn Davis" that wasn't nominated, but again there was no snub. The song, "Please Mr. Kennedy," wasn't on the eligibility list.
In the category of Original Score, John Williams scored his 49th Oscar nomination for "The Book Thief." (He has won five Oscars.) Thomas Newman scored his 12th nomination for "Saving Mr. Banks." Alexandre Desplat scored his sixth for "Philomena."
The most impressive nomination this year for a music act is Jared Leto's nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a transgender character in "Dallas Buyers Club." Leto is front-man for Thirty Seconds to Mars, which landed a top 10 album last year.
Here are the nominees for Best Song: "Alone Yet Not Alone" from the movie of the same name (Bruce Broughton, Dennis Spiegel), "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2" (Pharrell Williams), "Let It Go" from "Frozen" (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez), "The Moon Song" from "Her" (Karen O, Spike Jonze), "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (U2).
Here are the nominees for Original Score: "The Book Thief" (John Williams), "Gravity" (Steven Price), "Her" (William Butler, Owen Pallett), "Philomena (Alexandre Desplat), "Saving Mr. Banks" (Thomas Newman).