12:12pm PT by Scott Feinberg
Oscars: Taylor Swift May Shake Off Criticism of New Single — With a Nomination
Taylor Swift, the biggest pop star in the world, has been taking incoming fire since Aug. 24, when she released "Look What You Made Me Do," the first single from her sixth album, Reputation (due out Nov. 10), with many disapproving of her departure from the upbeat sort of music that made her famous over the past decade. But the 27-year-old, who often gets the last laugh when it comes to disputes in her life — namely, by singing about them — may get the last laugh yet again.
That's because, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, Universal Pictures, the distributor of Fifty Shades Darker, which was released in February, is laying the groundwork for a campaign to bring Swift and three of her collaborators — ex-One Direction singer Zayn Malik, plus writers Jack Antonoff and Sam Dew — a best original song Oscar nomination for "I Don't Wanna Live Forever," the song that they contributed to that film's soundtrack.
"Universal is fully supportive of the song’s campaign for awards of merit consideration," a studio spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter, while declining to get into specific plans.
"I Don't Wanna Live Forever" was released ahead of the film on Dec. 9, 2016. It debuted at number one on the Digital Songs chart and reached number two in the U.S. on Billboard's Hot 100, US Adult Top 40 and US Mainstream Top 40 lists. And it was Swift's 20th song to crack the top 10 on the Hot 100 list, making her just the sixth female music artist ever to achieve that feat.
Lest you question if the venerable Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' music branch would ever bestow its seal of approval on a song featured in a Fifty Shapes of Grey film, I would remind you that "Earned It," a chamber pop song written by The Weeknd and collaborators for the original Fifty Shades of Grey film in 2015, did indeed receive a best original song Oscar nom. Meanwhile, another song from that film, Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do," garnered a best original song Golden Globe nomination.