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Did Lana Del Rey's Oscar Chances Take a Hit? Prankster Targets "Young and Beautiful"

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Well, this isn't very sporting behavior at all.

A prankster for some reason tried to spoil Lana Del Rey's shot at winning an Oscar for Best Original Song for "Young and Beautiful," off The Great Gatsby soundtrack.

According to Deadline.com, someone mailed a copy of a legit-looking, but ultimately bogus, article to members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' music selection committee that claimed del Rey's song was ineligible for consideration due to a technicality regarding the film's delayed theatrical release.

Why, you ask? Wintertime sadness, perhaps...

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"Young and Beautiful" was one of 75 songs to make the Academy's list, released a few days ago, of possible contenders for the upcoming 86th Academy Awards, being held March 2.

A sampling of other tunes in the running includes Taylor Swift 's "Sweeter Than Fiction," from One Chance; Coldplay's "Atlas," from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; U2's "Ordinary Love," from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; the Idina Menzel-sung "Let It Go," from Frozen; and Pharrell's "Happy," from Despicable Me 2.

From The Great Gatsby alone, Jay Z's "100$ Bill"; Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock's "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)"; Florence + the Machine's "Over the Love" and "Together" by The xx also made the cut.

Studio sources confirmed to Deadline that the Del Rey-targeting trickery had taken place, but no other details were forthcoming.

The Academy and a rep for Del Rey have not yet responded to requests for comment.

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