Monday, May 13, 2013

Come What May: Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful"

I've been writing a lot lately about The Great Gatsby, and it isn't going to stop here!

Does anyone else remember when Moulin Rouge's love theme, "Come What May," was disqualified for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards?  Well, I remember it like someone stealing my Rainbow Brite coloring book on the playground!  In 2002, the AMPAS deemed "Come What May" ineligible for the Best Original Song Oscar because it was originally written for director Baz Luhrmann's previous love story, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet.

The Great Gatsby, however, features a haunting new love song written and performed by Lana Del Rey titled "Young and Beautiful."  The song is first featured when Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) first rekindle their love affair, and is then used throughout as a theme for the rest of the movie.  It is repeated and then the arrangement changes in the movie depending on what scene is playing out.  Normally, I am not a Lana Del Rey fan, but her voice is perfect for this.

I wonder if they are going to push the song hard enough to secure an Oscar nomination?  Gatsby doesn't have good enough reviews to get anything but technical nominations at this point.  Perhaps if they play up "Come What May"'s shortcomings we will see Del Rey performing at next year's Oscar ceremony?

Take a look and a listen and sound off with that you think!

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