We are in the midst of awards season, where outstandingly beautiful/hideous fashions take to the red carpet runway, and nominees in television and film take home all sorts of globes, angels, crystals and the like.
Of course, you don’t need to be a producer, a director or an actor to walk away with an award; you can also be a singer, a songwriter or a lyricist. As chosen by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, here are the five nominees in the Music – Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards, all in this special edition of Music Monday.
“Before My Time” – J. Ralph feat. Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell: From the Sundance award-winning documentary on climate change, “Chasing Ice,” Johansson lends her smokey voice to this ballad while violinist Bell plays more than just his instrument’s strings.
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” – Walter Murphy & Seth MacFarlane feat. Norah Jones: If this song feels like it came from “Family Guy,” “The Cleveland Show,” or “American Dad,” that’s because songwriter Walter Murphy and director Seth MacFarlane composed the work for MacFarlane’s live-action directorial debut, “Ted,” in keeping with the director’s jazz influences.
“Pi’s Lullaby” – Mychael Danna & Bombay Jayashri: The opening song from the film “Life of Pi,” it is also the first song ever nominated by the Academy to be sung in Tamil, Jayashri’s vocals leading the viewer into a tale about a shipwrecked Indian boy and the tiger who protects him.
“Skyfall” – Adele & Paul Epworth: Joining a class including Sheena Easton, Carly Simon, Shirley Bassey and Sir Paul McCartney in the pantheon of James Bond title themes, Adele burns it up for the 2012 film of the same name. The song is the first Bond theme to receive an Academy nod since 1982′s “For Your Eyes Only,” and has already garnered awards from this year’s Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe awards.
“Suddenly” – Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer & Alain Boublil: Finally, Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean takes us out in this new song written especially for the 2012 film adaptation of the French musical/novel “Les Misérables.” The composition took home a Satellite Award in mid-December, but lost to the above “Skyfall” at the Golden Globes.
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