Taylor Swift’s ‘Cats’ song did not make the Oscar Best Song shortlist

The world premiere of 'Cats' in NYC

Here are some photos of Taylor Swift at last night’s New York premiere of CATS. She wore an interesting Oscar de la Renta gown for the premiere and I’m still sort of working out how I feel about the gown. I appreciate that she did a real ballgown, because the occasion called for it. I appreciate that the gown felt wintery and Christmas-y without bashing us over the head with a cutesy Christmas theme. But… I feel like the two fabrics are not great together? The gown would have been much better if de la Renta had just stuck with the red fabric OR the darker fabric and not both? Still, it’s a look. While Taylor did the red carpet solo, Joe Alwyn was around, and she was seen holding hands with him as they left the premiere party.

Meanwhile, the reason why Taylor is doing this whole CATS thing is because she wanted to be nominated across the board for Best Song. She and Andrew Lloyd Webber cowrote a new song, “Beautiful Ghosts,” for the film, and the song has already been nominated for a Golden Globe. But… the Academy just released their “shortlists” for nine Oscar categories, including Best Song. And… “Beautiful Ghosts” is not on the shortlist. Here are the contenders for Best Song Oscar nominations:

“Speechless” from Aladdin
“Letter to My Godfather” from The Black Godfather
“I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough
“Da Bronx” from The Bronx USA
“Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2
“Stand Up” from Harriet
“Catchy Song” from The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
“Never Too Late” from The Lion King
“Spirit” from The Lion King
“Daily Battles” from Motherless Brooklyn
“A Glass of Soju” from Parasite
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman
“High Above the Water” from Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4
“Glasgow” from Wild Rose

[Via THR]

I mean… that’s rough. I actually wanted Taylor to get nominated for an Oscar, just so she would show up to the ceremony and we could have some Snake Drama. But no Oscar Snake Drama in 2020. SAD! Also: the Snake Fam thinks Taylor is being blackballed in the music industry because of her beef with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta. That… might be the case? I told you, months and months ago, that her snake-games with powerful white men would play out MUCH differently than her beefs with Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian. That being said, I think this particular “snub” is less about Taylor’s two-year beef cycles and more about CATS being bonkers and maybe it was released too late for most Academy voters to consider it.

CATS World Premiere  - Arrivals.

CATS World Premiere  - Arrivals.

Here are some photos of Rebel Wilson, Idris Elba (and his wife) and Jennifer Hudson at the CATS premiere.

CATS World Premiere  - Arrivals.

CATS World Premiere  - Arrivals.

The world premiere of 'Cats' in NYC

Photos courtesy of WENN and Backgrid.

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  1. Arizona says:

    I’m pretty surprised that it wasn’t nominated only because I figured the Oscars would want another a-list celebrity that they could throw to for reaction shots, and Andrew Lloyd Webber is kind of a lock for these things too. I think the song sucks, but I’m surprised it wasn’t nominated for those reasons. I wonder if there is any truth to her being reprimanded for the scooter stuff!

    • liriel says:

      Agreed. It’s really fishy and convenient. She also called out Soros and other most important group in industry.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Huh? When did Taylor mention George Soros?

      • zotsioltar says:

        3 days ago, not sure if we can link other sites but there is an article on Bloomberg for buying up stakes in record companies cause its not like they are buying up everything at this point.

    • ff says:

      or the song just sucks? which it does

      • Allz says:

        Yeah, I’m not convinced this is sabotage. She was nominated at the GGs, I just think the movie was released too late. The director even said at the premiere he finished like the day before. Taylor’s trying hard for the EGOT, and I don’t understand. She already won a really stupid category for an Emmy, I’m glad she wasn’t nominated.

      • holly hobby says:

        No EGOT never for that talentless petty baby. She is no Rita Moreno or Whoopie Goldberg.

    • Louise177 says:

      The “victimization of Taylor Swift” narrative is old and annoying. First it’s not a great song. More than likely it was made available too late. Also Taylor has written songs for movies several times before and never nominated. Her name isn’t a guarantee of nominations or ratings.

      • Arizona says:

        I mean, I agree that the song sucks, like I said in my original comment.

        but we’re not talking about a song for Hunger Games or 50 Shades. This was co-written with one of the most famous writers in theater today, for a film based on an extremely popular musical, featuring numerous Oscar nominated actors and an Oscar nominated director.

        it is fairly surprising it wasn’t nominated based on that and the fact that she’s an A Lister. it’s like the definition of Oscar Bait.

      • holly hobby says:

        ALW can turn out a turd song too. Doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed. I thought his additional song for Evita was horrible and unnecessary too btw.

  2. liriel says:

    I kind of feel for her and I do believe something strange is going on. Taylor = clicks and views so give her a nomination for a category she’ll lose and no one cares.
    In her billboard speech she mentioned that scott was backed by soros and some other company. She literally mentioned billionaires and most influential people. It’s brave on her part! I’m not sure she knew what she’d get into though.
    With Katy Perry it was very petty and middle school. However, with this powerful guys behind the scene it’s totally different. I wonder what happens next.

    • holly hobby says:

      George Soros is wealthy that’s true and he does support Dem causes and candidates. However, this is the standard ploy GOPers use to smear that poor man. It also smacks of antisemitism. The guy is 80 something and I don’t think he follows pop stars or even cares about it.

      She is a true GOPer all right. No wonder why the special turds in the group worship her.

      That dress is hideous.

      • MrsBanjo says:

        It’s hardcore oldschool antisemitism – centuries old. “Rich Jewish men controlling things from behind the scenes.” Soros is the contemporary incarnation and has been for years now. That Swift is leaning into that with Soros and Braun (regardless of Braun being a dickbag, this is a red flag), is gross and frankly not surprising. She was happy to court white supremacists until she couldn’t get away with it anymore.

      • Becks1 says:

        Okay thank you MrsBanjo. That was bothering me about some of these comments too.

  3. pearlime says:

    Rumor has it that the Globes didn’t get to preview the final but a rough cut because the movie was not finished so I would not be surprised if they just missed the Oscars deadline. The song is ok considering the movie and the genre.

    “Stand Up” (Harriet), “Glasgow” (Wild Rose), “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” (Toy Story 4) , “High Above the Water” (Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am) and “Daily Battles” (Motherless Brooklyn) would be my picks.

  4. Birdie says:

    I mean, the director of Cats said they finished the movie the DAY BEFORE the premiere.. what a mess!

  5. Louisa says:

    Here’s hoping A Glass of Soju will make the cut!

  6. Caseymams says:

    I’m just here for Catchy Song

  7. Becks1 says:

    I haven’t heard the song, but maybe it just sucks? I don’t think anything nefarious is going on.

  8. Rebel’s pose is throwing me off.. I do like her dress though.

    • lobstah says:

      I think she’s wearing a ton of really tight Spanx. I’ve been there – you can’t move naturally.

  9. Mrs. Peel says:

    Time for Taylor to throw herself another pity kitty party.

  10. I love that dress, it fits her perfectly and the red lip is a nice touch. She has been looking fantastic lately.
    Idris is always fire but why is it ballgowns for the ladies and he’s casual Friday cocktails after work? I feel robbed because he wears a suit so damn well.
    I haven’t heard the song so no opinion.

  11. lobstah says:

    Ok I clicked on that story about Joe and Taylor and I have to say, the whole narrative is so childish. She’s an adult woman and the story is about how she HELD HANDS with A BOY. And that’s always the story. Like she’s stuck in high school.

    Also, I find it odd that he was at her bday party in NY, then flew to London to film, and flew back to NY for her premiere. (I know, I have too much time on my hands.) Perhaps they’re trying to squash the split rumors?

  12. spicy says:

    Thats actually sad the song is really good! Lyrics, music and her voice sounds better than ever before. And im in no way a huge fan if most of Taylors music.

  13. Leriel says:

    Why have Taylor if you may get Beyonce, and maybe even Beyonce performing. So bye girl, at least one academy doesn’t by into your “honest and rough” songwriting “talent”.

  14. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Lol. Her dress at the premiere was pretty at least. LOL.

  15. Daisy says:

    Well, it’s a bad song. And yeah, I’m sure men are pissed at her thanks to the Scotter drama but this “snub” feels more like it has to with how messy the whole CATS production has been. Like someone mentioned before, Tom Hooper finished the film way too close to release day.
    Anyway, I love her dress and makeup, just wish she would give up on the bangs.

    • holly hobby says:

      She can stop blaming Scooter. I doubt Scooter has that all encompassing power to stop the Academy from nominating her. I’m pretty sure she burned more bridges that Scooter’s too.

  16. Mo says:

    Nah. The Cats team fucked up and did not have the film ready for the required screenings to be eligible for the awards with a shortlist. The Globes were willing to nominate based on just having the song, but the Academy don’t play that game and needs to have the whole movie to judge the song within the film.

    Taylor must be really pissed and she has a right to be. Hoping she is able to take the L and not fuck things up by getting everyone mad at her, even when she is in the right.

  17. Ann says:

    I haven’t heard the song so it’s pretty silly that I’m disappointed, but I am. I think a TS Oscar campaign would be fun. I honestly would love to see her do a red carpet with Joe and the Oscars would be the perfect occasion. Oh well. Beyonce will definitely get nominated and as much as I love queen B her thirst level is minimal so it just won’t be the same.

  18. The Recluse says:

    I don’t know what she has to complain about, Eddie Vedder got snubbed by the Oscar’s too several years ago.

  19. CK says:

    Alternative Headline: Beyonce is one step closer to her first oscar nomination (maybe win) for “Spirit”. That is if they don’t throw her off the writing credits for some reason.

    I’m ready for the gospel choir backed performance.