January 31, 2006
Williams Ties Record for Oscar® Nominations
Nominees include international scorers, eclectic song styles
by Marilee Bradford
The 78th Annual Academy Award® nominations were announced this morning
in Beverly Hills, California. Among the Best Score nominations are
three first-timers, all of international origin, and a double nominee
who now ties the record for the most music nominations in Oscar
©2006 Marilee Bradford
John WilliamsJohn Williams, who has reached a larger audience with his music than any other film composer over the past thirty years, received
nominations for his scores to Memoirs of a Geisha and
Munich. Now with 45 nominations to his credit,
Williams ties Alfred Newman for the most nominations in combined music
categories. They are second only to Walt Disney (with 64 noms) as the
most nominated individuals of all time, in any category.
Interestingly, all three of the other Best Score nominees originate
from countries other than the U.S.: Gustavo Santaolalla from Argentina
for his score to Brokeback Mountain, Alberto Iglesias
from Spain for The Constant Gardener, and Dario
Marianelli from Italy for Pride and Prejudice.
Academy members deemed only three songs worthy of nomination in the
Original Song category.
Dolly Parton, first nominated for the title song of Nine to
Five (1980), received her second Oscar nomination for her
rhythmic, country-driven "Travelin' Thru" from
The gentle ballad "In the Deep" from Crash was
co-written (with Michael Becker) by Kathleen York, aka Bird York, who
is not only an award-winning songwriter but also an actress who
appeared in Crash and as a recurring character on the
series West Wing.
"It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from Hustle and Flow
(co-written by Juicy J, DJ Paul [both in the film] and Frayser Boy)
hip-hops in the footsteps of a new wave of anti-establishment song
nominees led three years ago by rapper Eminem's win for "Lose Yourself"
from 8 Mile.
In 1930, when Cole Porter wrote "Love for Sale" – a prostitute's
melancholy cry of lonely resignation – for the Broadway show
The New Yorkers, the song was literally banned from
airwaves for years. How times have changed.
The Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2005 will be presented on
Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Hollywood & Highland, and televised live by
the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PST.
Full list of this year's music nominees:
Achievement in Music written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
- Gustavo Santaolalla for Brokeback Mountain
- Alberto Iglesias for The Constant Gardener
- John Williams for Memoirs of a Geisha
- John Williams for Munich
- Dario Marianelli for Pride and Prejudice
Achievement in Music written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)
- "In the Deep" by Kathleen "Bird" York and Michael Becker from
- "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" by Jordan Houston (Juicy J), Cedric
Coleman (Frayser Boy) and Paul Beauregard (DJ Paul) from
Hustle and Flow
- "Travelin' Thru" by Dolly Parton from Transamerica