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.
A notable omission in the category was Eddie Vedder’s “Guaranteed” from “Into the Wild,” which won a Golden Globe for best original song last weekend.
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.”
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 Theatre.