December 3, 2009 Updated: December 17, 2009
Grammy Nominations Announced
Composer Giacchino Up for four nominations by Jon Burlingame
LOS ANGELES—Composer Michael Giacchino scored four nominations in three different categories as the nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday, Dec. 2, by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Giacchino, already a front-runner for Oscar attention this season, received two nods in the Best Score Soundtrack category, for his music for Up and Star Trek. In addition, tracks from his Up album were nominated for Best Instrumental Composition ("Married Life") and Best Instrumental Arrangement ("Up With End Credits").
The film/TV categories reflected a diversity of talent and included both Oscar winners and those who were snubbed at Oscar time earlier this year. The Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack was among the Best Compilation Soundtrack nominees, and "Jai Ho" ranked among the Best Song nominees. Slumdog composer A.R. Rahman took home Oscars for both song and score in February.
Also nominated in the song category were Bruce Springsteen's title song from The Wrestler – the most-cited tune from last year's list of songs that didn't make the final cut – and "Once in a Lifetime" from Cadillac Records, a Beyonce song that was heavily promoted before the Oscars. Both were nominated for Golden Globes, and Springsteen won.
The nominations include both late-2008 and early-2009 record releases, so the Oscar and Grammy eligiblity years overlap. Thus, last year's Twilight and Cadillac Records soundtracks compete with this year's Inglourious Basterds soundtrack and the album from TV's True Blood series.
This year's Classical Crossover category contained no film-related albums, as it often does. But Golden Age film composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold received an acknowledgement in classical music's Best Instrumental Soloist category, for violinist Philippe Quint's performance of Korngold's violin concerto on the Naxos label. The violin concerto, written in 1945, contains themes from several of the composer's Warner Bros. movies including Anthony Adverse, Another Dawn and The Prince and the Pauper.
This year's Grammy lineup in the "film/TV/visual media" categories:
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media (Award to the Artist[s] and/or Producer[s] of a majority of the tracks on the album, or to the individual[s] actively responsible for the concept and musical direction and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable.)
©2009 Jon Burlingame