"Ray" and its star Jamie Foxx were among those honored today (Jan. 25) with nominations for the 77th annual Academy Awards.
"Ray" and its star Jamie Foxx were among those honored today (Jan. 25) with nominations for the 77th annual Academy Awards. The Ray Charles biopic will compete for a best picture Oscar, while Foxx is considered by many to be the frontrunner for best actor for his portrayal of Charles.
Foxx is also nominated in the supporting actor category for his role in "Collateral." "Ray" netted a best director mention for Taylor Hackford, as well as nominations for costume design, editing and sound mixing.
The Oscars will be handed out Feb. 27 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. Comedian/actor Chris Rock will host the live ABC broadcast.
Among other music-related nominations is a best documentary feature mention for "Tupac: Resurrection." Directed by Lauren Lazin and produced by Karolyn Ali, the film traced the life and career of late rapper Tupac Shakur.
The film adaptation of the stage musical "The Phantom of the Opera" earned nominations for art direction and cinematography mentions, as well as a best original song for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart's "Learn to Be Lonely."
Also up for best song are Counting Crows' "Accidentally in Love" from "Shrek 2," Jorge Drexler's "Al Otro Lado Del Río" from "The Motorcycle Diaries," Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri's "Believe" from "The Polar Express" and Bruno Coulais and Christophe Barratier's "Look to Your Path (Vois Sur Ton Chemin)" from "The Chorus."
Oft-nominated composer John Williams is up for best original score for his work on "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," alongside music from "Finding Neverland" (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek), "Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events" (Thomas Newman), "The Passion of the Christ" (John Debney) and "The Village" (James Newton Howard).
Several composers that had been considered Oscar contenders found their scores reportedly failing to meet Academy Award eligibility rules. These included Howard Shore's work on "The Aviator," Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby," Craig Armstrong's "Ray" and Newton Howard's "Collateral."