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Yasmine Hamdan in Race for Oscar

The Lebanese songstress' 'Hal' which featured in vampire flick 'Only Lovers Left Alive' has been shortlisted as one of the 79 tracks competing for Best Original Song...

After a whirlwind year of showstopping performances spurred from the many memorable tracks on her 2013 album Ya Nass, Yasmine Hamdan is about to be catapulted onto the international stage as it is announced that her soul-stirring song, Hal, featured in Jim Jarmusch's modern comedic take on a vampire movie, Only Lovers Left Alive, is among the tracks shortlisted for Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards.

The haunting track doesn't simply feature on the film's score, but Yasmine Hamdan sings Hal in cameo performance as part of the storyline, when the movie's vampire characters, on the hunt for blood, slip into a bar in Morocco only to find Hamdan enraptured by her own singing and swaying. One character says “I’m sure she’ll be very famous” while the other replies, “God, I hope not; she is way too good for that.” 

We wish Yasmine Hamdan the best of luck when the final nominations for the Oscars are announced on January 15th. Check out our feature interview with her here.

Photograph by Jonathan Zikry for MO4Network.