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January 10, 2013
85th Annual Academy Award Nominations Announced
John Williams betters his own standing with 48th nom by Marilee Bradford
BEVERLY HILLS, California—John Williams, who last year became the most Oscar-nominated composer in Hollywood history, received his 48th nomination when the 85th annual Oscar nominations were announced today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
80-year-old Williams earned this year's nomination for his early Americana-style score in his 26th collaboration with Steven Spielberg, Lincoln, which itself garnered 12 nominations (the most of any film this year) including Best Picture.
Williams is joined in the Original Score category by fellow nominees Thomas Newman (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; The Help) with his 11th nomination for his score to the latest James Bond installment, Skyfall; Alexandre Desplat (Zero Dark Thirty; Rise of the Guardians), receiving his fifth nomination for his score to Argo; Dario Marianelli (2007 Oscar winner for Atonement) with his 3rd nomination for Anna Karenina; and Mychael Danna (Moneyball, Little Miss Sunshine), who earned his first two nominations for score and song ("Pi's Lullaby") from Life of Pi.
The Academy returned to its faithful five-count nominations for Original Song following last year's controversy when only two songs were nominated, and this year's list itself is a nod to traditional songwriting – all five consisting of an actual melody, a lyric without profanity, and some type of dramatic context.
In addition to Danna's "Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi with lyric by vocalist Bombay Jayashri, the category offers "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from the irreverent Ted, with music by Walter Murphy and lyric by Oscar host Seth MacFarlane; "Before My Time" by J. Ralph from the global warming documentary Chasing Ice, sung by Scarlett Johansson and featuring violinist Joshua Bell; the chart-topping "Skyfall" from the Bond film of the same name, written by UK superstar crooner Adele and her producer Paul Epworth; and "Suddenly," the welcome addition to the film version of the stage musical Les Miserables, written by the show's composer Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyricist Alain Boublil and English librettist-lyricist Herbert Kretzmer.
The Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and televised by ABC.
©2013 Marilee Bradford