Could Miley Cyrus Be Heading to the Oscars? Singer Releases Award-Worthy New Ballad

by Sophie Schillaci 1:08 AM PDT, October 02, 2015
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As Miley Cyrus gears up to host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live this weekend, the 22-year-old is taking a moment to get serious with a stunning new ballad.

Cyrus lends her voice to "Hands of Love," the Linda Perry-penned anthem written for the new gay rights drama, Freeheld. The beautiful new track was unveiled on Friday, the same day as Freeheld's theatrical release.

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Freeheld stars Julianne Moore as real-life New Jersey detective turned gay rights activist Laurel Hester, and Ellen Page as her partner. The film has received mixed reviews from critics, but could "Hands of Love" score Cyrus an invitation to next year's Oscars? The awards' "Music - Original Song" category is almost always star-studded, and last year, John Legend and Common took the stage to accept the award for "Glory" from Selma.

(Although, to be clear, if "Hands of Love" did score an Oscar nom, the official honor would go to writer Perry.)

Either way, Cyrus seems happy to continue lending her voice to a cause she passionately supports. "So proud to be a part of @freeheldmovie," Cyrus tweeted on Tuesday.

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Cyrus created plenty of controversy when she hosted the MTV Video Music Awards in August -- from accidentally flashing her nipple live on-air to passing a joint around the press room backstage -- but back in May she seemed to dedicate all her efforts to launching her Happy Hippie Foundation. The new organization works to raise money and attention to fight homelessness and, because an estimated 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, the group has focused its efforts on digital support groups that might help prevent young people from running away -- or being rejected by parents because they are gay or transgender -- in the first place.

Just before releasing "Hands of Love" to the world, Cyrus appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where she called out Leonardo Dicaprio and Kanye West. See what she said in the video below!