Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce Knowles and Clint Eastwood are among the music-related nominees for the 2009 Golden Globe awards. The ceremony will be broadcast live Jan. 11 on NBC.
Springsteen was nominated in the best original song category for “The Wrestler” from the feature film of the same name. Knowles got a nod as a co-writer on “Once in a Lifetime” from “Cadillac Records.” The song’s other writers are Amanda Ghost, Scott McFarnon, Ian Dench, James Dring and Jody Street.
Peter Gabriel was recognized for “Down to Earth” from “Wall-E.” The music was co-written with Thomas Newman.
Cyrus and co-writer Jeffrey Steele are nominated for “I Thought I Lost You” from “Bolt.” The category was completed by the title song to “Gran Torino,” whose writer credits include Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum and Michael Stevens.
Eastwood is also nominated for his original score for “Changeling,” where he’s up against James Newton Howard (“Defiance”), A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”), Hans Zimmer (“Frost/Nixon”) and Alexandre Desplat (“The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button”).
“Ed Zwick makes movies with great musical opportunities,” said Howard. “Joshua Bell deserves a lot of credit for what he brought to my score.”
“With Peter Morgan’s great writing, Ron Howard’s great directing and the actors amazing performances in Frost/Nixon, I didn’t have to try too hard,” said Zimmer. “Just little moments here or there of color and tone to give the audience maybe a slight sense of tension, where music could say things a little more elegantly than words and images. And making sure to never sentimentalize.”
Desplat released a statement: “I am thrilled and honored to have been nominated for ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.’ The film has been tremendously inspirational, and I am glad for [director] David Fincher to have received so many well deserved nominations. And thanks to the HFPA for noticing my work.”
Rahman also released a statement: “I am grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this nomination. I am very proud of the soundtrack and the role it plays in [director] Danny’s [Boyle’s] phenomenal film. The fact that audiences are embracing ‘Slumdog’ with open arms means the world to me and is a testament to work of everyone at Fox Searchlight.”
In the best picture — musical or comedy category, Universal Pictures’ “Mamma Mia!” was among the nominees. The ABBA-themed film’s star Meryl Streep was also nominated for best performance by an actress in a motion picture — comedy or musical.
Overall, three movies lead the way with five nominations each: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Frost/Nixon” and “Doubt.”