Oscar Music Nominations
“Skyfall,” which Adele co-wrote and recorded for the James Bond movie of the same name, and “Suddenly,” which Hugh Jackman performs in the hit movie version of Les Miserables, are the leading Oscar contenders for Best Song. Both songs are also nominated for Golden Globes in the top song category.
The other nominees for Best Song are “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life Of Pi (music by Mychael Danna, lyrics by Bombay Jayashri), “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted (music by Walter Murphy, lyric by Seth MacFarlane) and “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice (music and lyrics by Josh Ralph).
MacFarlane, who has won two Emmys for his work on Family Guy, will host this year’s Oscars. His collaborator, Walter Murphy, had a #1 hit on the Hot 100 in 1976 with “A Fifth Of Beethoven,” a disco treatment of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Norah Jones performs “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” on the Ted soundtrack.
[Related: 2013 Oscar Nominees List]
This year’s three other Golden Globe nominees were passed over for Oscar nominations: “For You” from Act Of Valor (by Keith Urban and Monty Powell), “Not Running Anymore” from Stand Up Guys (by Jon Bon Jovi) and “Safe & Sound” from The Hunger Games (by Taylor Swift, the members of The Civil Wars and T Bone Burnett). (The latter song wasn’t on the list of 75 songs that were in contention for Oscar nominations. The only song from The Hunger Games that was in the running was “Abraham’s Daughter,” which Burnett co-wrote with the members of Arcade Fire.)
Also passed over for Best Song: “Learn Me Write” from Brave, which was written and recorded by Mumford & Sons.
“Suddenly” is a new song which Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil added to their score for Les Miserables. The soundtrack rises to #1 on The Billboard 200 this week. It’s the first soundtrack to a movie that originated as a Broadway show to top the chart since Mamma Mia! in 2008.
Les Miz received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Hugh Jackman and Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway, whose rendition of the show’s most famous song, “I Dreamed A Dream,” is listed on the current Hot 100.