U2, Paul McCartney, Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett and Karen O were among the nominees for the Golden Globe Awards, announced Tuesday morning.
U2, McCartney, Bingham and Burnett received nominations in the best original song-motion picture category for their work on the films “Brothers,” “Everybody’s Fine” and “Crazy Heart,” respectively.
“[Director] Jim Sheridan is a member of our group of friends,” the Edge says of the track “Winter.” “He would talk to us about scripts he was working on and he thought we could do something-and when we heard the story [about a returning war veteran] it was such an interesting take. I think there are things you can express musically to make an emotional connection that you can’t put into words.”
U2 won a Golden Globe in 2003 for best original song-motion picture for “The Hands That Built America” from “Gangs of New York,” which went on to be nominated for best song at the Academy Awards that same year.
Karen O, alongside Carter Burwell, received a nomination in the best original score-motion picture category.
Overall, “Up in the Air,” starring George Clooney, led with six nominations, including one for best motion picture – drama. In the comedy or musical categories, the musical “Nine” led with five nominations, including performance nods for Marion Cotillard, Daniel Day-Lewis and Penelope Cruz.
On the television side, “Glee” leads with four nominations, including one for best television series-comedy or musical. In addition, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch received acting nominations.
The nominees for best original score-motion picture are:
Michael Giacchino, “Up”
Marvin Hamlisch, “The Informant!”
James Horner, “Avatar”
Abel Korzeniowski, “A Single Man”
Karen O and Carter Burwell, ” Where the Wild Things Are”
Hamlisch, who has two previous Golden Globe wins for best song for “The Way We Were” and “Kotch,” said: “I’m very grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press—it means a great deal to me. It’s wonderful to return to scoring movies.” The last film Hamlisch scored was “The Mirror Has Two Faces” in 1996; he received an Oscar nomination for original song for “I’ve Finally Found Someone” from that film.
Korzeniowski said his inspiration for the score for “A Single Man” was to bring the intensity of the film’s theme-director Tom Ford’s debut about love in Southern California in the early ’60s-to the surface through music. “There are all those very strong currents that flow underneath,” he says. “The main task of the music was to cut through the skin and expose those streams of passion and pain.”
The nominees for best original song-motion picture are:
“Cinema Italiano” from “Nine,” music & lyrics by Maury Yeston
“I Want To Come Home” from “Everybody’s Fine,” music & lyrics by Paul McCartney
“I See You” from “Avatar,” music by: James Horner and Simon Franglen; lyrics by James Horner, Simon Franglen and Kuk Harrell
“The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart,” music & lyrics by: Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett
“Winter” from “Brothers,” music by U2; lyrics by Bono
Yeston wrote the music and lyrics for the original Broadway production of “Nine,” which was the basis for the film adaptation. He wrote the song “Cinema Italiano” specifically for the film version, he says. “You cannot take the show for granted and think it will transform itself into a movie,” he says. “You might as well tape record the show.” Yeston was in his Manhattan apartment when he received word of the nomination: “I live across the street from Carnegie Hall, and my first thought was ‘Maybe I’ve got a little closer to Carnegie Hall.”
Burnett said the song “The Weary Kind” was written as part of a process where they provided character background for actor Jeff Bridges through music. “Jeff would be talking about who he was, where he came from, what songs he likes as a kid, and we had to invent a whole history for the [character,]” he says. “Lines that we said out of those conversations would get turned into songs.”
“I was in bed, asleep,” Bingham says of hearing about the nomination. “I didn’t really know what to think-but I’m definitely happy for everyone getting recognition for the film.”
Harrell, who produced the album “I Am…Sasha Fierce” and the single “Single Ladies” for Beyonce, was in the studio working on Katy Perry’s new album until 4 a.m. the morning before the nominations were announced and was dead asleep when he received the congratulatory call. “About six or seven months ago, Simon Franglen called and asked I’d be interested in co-writing,” he says. “I mean, duh! I flew into L.A. about a week later.”
The 67th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held Jan. 17 in Los Angeles. The show will be hosted by Ricky Gervais and broadcast on NBC.