McCartney, Sting, Enya Garner Oscar Nods
Musicians and songwriters were not left out of the Hollywood hubbub this morning (Feb. 12) when the nominees for the 74th annual Academy Awards were announced in Los Angeles. This year's best originalMusicians and songwriters were not left out of the Hollywood hubbub this morning (Feb. 12) when the nominees for the 74th annual Academy Awards were announced in Los Angeles. This year's best original song category produced Oscar nods for Paul McCartney, Sting, Enya, Diane Warren, and perennial nominee Randy Newman.
McCartney's title track to the Cameron Crowe film "Vanilla Sky" was recognized, as was Sting's "Until...," which appeared in the time traveling romantic film "Kate & Leopold." Enya's "May It Be" was featured in the mystical adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."
Warren is nominated for "There You'll Be," performed by Faith Hill for the "Pearl Harbor" soundtrack, while Billboard Century Award honoree Newman's buddy song "If I Didn't Have You" from the animated charmer "Monsters, Inc." was also nominated. Last year's honor went to Bob Dylan for the song "Things Have Changed" from "Wonder Boys."
Newman's work on "Monsters, Inc." was also nominated for best original score. He's up against composer John Williams, who earned two nominations for his work on the Steven Spielberg sci-fi thriller "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" and on the big screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Williams was heavily involved in last week's opening ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City
Also nominated in the best original score category were James Horner ("A Beautiful Mind") and Howard Shore ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring").
Traditionally, all of the works nominated for best original song are performed during the Academy Awards ceremony, so it's probable that the nominated artists will all appear during the March 24 live broadcast on ABC from Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre.
Big-budget musical "Moulin Rouge" -- which produced the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 remake of "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink -- is up for eight Oscars, including best picture. The flick will compete for best picture against "A Beautiful Mind," which also pulled in eight nominations, "Gosford Park," "In the Bedroom," and "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," which leads the field with 13 nominations. For a full list of nominees, visit Oscars.com.
On the other side of the coin, films involving pop divas Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez were among the 22nd annual Razzies nominees, announced yesterday. Organized by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, the awards are the antithesis of the Oscars, spotlighting the worst films and performances of the past year.
Carey's debut film "Glitter" was among the worst picture nominees, along with "Driven," "Pearl Harbor," "3000 Miles to Graceland," and "Freddy Got Fingered." "Glitter" also earned a worst actress bid for Carey and a worst director nod for Vondie Curtis Hall. Lopez was also named in the worst actress category for her work in "Angel Eyes" and "The Wedding Planner."