With less than three months before the 86th Academy Awards, the 75 songs eligible to compete in the best original song category have been announced.
The L.A. Times reports that U2’s “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom made the cut, along with contenders from Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Coldplay.
“Ordinary Love” has already become something of an anthem in the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death earlier this month.
U2 will get a trial run to Oscar gold on January 12, when the Golden Globes air on NBC. Less than a week before Mandela’s passing, their tribute was nominated for a Golden Globe in the original song category as well.
There, the Mandela tribute faces off against Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” from Frozen, Taylor Swift’s “Sweeter Than Fiction” from One Chance, Coldplay’s “Atlas” from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the Inside Llewyn Davis track “Please Mr. Kennedy, which feature Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver.
Notably, U2 could be competing in with Jennifer Hudson, who performs the original song “Bleed for Love” in Winnie Mandela, a drama about Nelson Mandela’s wife, an activist in her own right.
Aside from those songs, the othertracks on the list include songs from The Great Gatsby, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Austenland and more. For the complete list of eligible songs, head over to latimes.com.
The Oscars will air live on Sunday, March 2 on ABC. Which original song are your rooting for? Sound off in the comments section below!