Country music has been enjoying a robust run in the entertainment universe at large, as well as the music world, over the past couple years. Last year, Ryan Bingham was nominated (and won) for best original song at the Oscars for "The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart. Then, Carrie Underwood was nominated this year for a Golden Globe for "There's A Place For Us" from Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Now, country is in the mix yet again for another major film award.
This time, it's "Coming Home" from Country Strong, performed by Gwyneth Paltrow. The tune has been nominated for best original song at the 2011 Oscars. Paltrow, who performs several songs on the movie's soundtrack (including the title theme), claims the song is her favorite from the film, terming it "emotional" to sing.
If "Country Strong" wins the Oscar, Paltrow will not be the recipient of the award--it goes to the song's writers: Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, and Troy Verges. Douglas has penned hits for Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, and Lady Antebellum, among others. Lindsey won a Grammy for Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take The Wheel." Verges has written for numerous country artists as well as pop stars such as Celine Dion and the Backstreet Boys.
The other nominees in the category include "I See the Light" from Tangled, "If I Rise" from 127 Hours, and "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3.
Country Strong's music was hailed as the strongest part of the movie by many critics; and, indeed, is the sole category in which the film is nominated for this year's awards ceremony. The Oscars will be presented on February 27.
Do you think "Coming Home" has a chance for the best song Oscar? Did you prefer a different song from the movie? Be sure to let me know what you think.
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