Songs from the film "Enchanted" dominated the best original song category nominees for the 2008 Academy Awards, which were announced this morning (Jan. 22). Three of the five nods, all with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, went to the film in the form of "Happy Working Song," "So Close" and "That's How You Know."

The other nominees are "Raise It Up" from "August Rush," the music and lyric credits for which are "to be determined," according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and "Falling Slowly" from "Once," with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

Hansard and Irglova heard the news while at Irglova's parents house in the Czech Republic. Hansard says they watched the announcements live on television - and then pitched a tiny little fit when the telecast only included the nominations for the best picture, director and acting categories.

"We made tea, took the dog for a walk - and then my friend from New York called with the news and we all freaked out," Hansard says. "I'd like to be able to say I was aloof and indifferent, that I was able to brush it off...but I actually didn't sleep at all last night. It's the most surreal thing in the world. It seems like it belongs to a different world of people."

The first call Hansard made was to his mom, who started crying, he says.

"January is now my lucky month," Hansard says. "It was January two years ago that we filmed the movie, and in was in January last year that we went to Sundance and won an award. And now this January, we get the nomination."

In the best original score category, the nominees are Dario Marianelli for "Atonement," Alberto Iglesias for "The Kite Runner, James Newton Howard for "Michael Clayton," Michael Giacchino for "Ratatouille" and Marco Beltrami for "3:10 to Yuma."

Beltrami, first-time nominee for best original score was already up dealing with his restless baby when his agent called with the news. "I knew they were voting and they were going to make an announcement this morning," he says. "I know it got a lot of support from my peers and a lot of people seemed to like the score - but I wasn't expecting it."

With eight nominations each, "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood," lead the overall field. The other best picture contenders are "Atonement," "Juno" and "Michael Clayton."

Johnny Depp earned a best actor nod for his turn as a singing, murderous barber in "Sweeney Todd," while Cate Blanchett was recognized with a best supporting actress nod for her portrayal of Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There." Marion Cotillard's portrayal of French singer Edith Piaf earned her a best actress nomination for "La Vie en Rose."

The Academy Awards will be presented Feb. 24 at Los Angeles' Kodak Theater.

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