Randy Newman and T-Bone Burnett, who came up through the ranks in rock before moving into film music, are both nominated for Academy Awards. Newman has two songs in the running for Best Original Song: "Almost There" and "Down In New Orleans," both from The Princess And The Frog. Burnett has one: "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)," which he co-wrote with Ryan Bingham.
This brings Newman's total of Best Song nominations to 11, which puts him in Oscar's all-time top 10. (More on that later.) This is Burnett's second Best Song nomination. He and Elvis Costello were cited for "Scarlet Tide" from 2003's Cold Mountain.
The other finalists for Best Song are both first-time nominees (as is Ryan Bingham). They are: Maury Yeston for "Take It All" from Nine and Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas for "Loin De Paname" from Paris 36.Read More »from From Rock To The Movies