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Randy Newman’s Family Has An Incredible History at the Oscars


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Whenever Academy Award nominations are announced, there are surprises -- Javier Bardem's Best Actor nod, snubs for "Inception" director Christopher Nolan and songs from "Burlesque" -- but one of the more predictable Oscar mainstays continues to be Randy Newman, who picked up his 20th nomination for "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3." Whether you love or hate Newman's trademark style, there's no denying the ceremony would feel foreign without at least one representative from the talented Newman clan.

Here's how Newman's 20 nominations and one win break down:

• 2011: "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3"
• 2010: "Almost There" and "Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog"
• 2007: "Our Town" from "Cars"
• 2002: "If I Didn't Have You" from "Monsters, Inc." (Winner!)
• 2002: "Monsters, Inc." (Score)
• 2001: "A Fool In Love" from "Meet The Parents"
• 2000: "When She Loved Me" from "Toy Story 2"
• 1999: "Pleasantville" (Score)
• 1999: "A Bug's Life" (Score)
• 1999: "That'll Do" from "Babe: Pig in the City"
• 1997: "James and the Giant Peach" (Score)
• 1996: "You've Got a Friend in Me" from "Toy Story"
• 1996: - "Toy Story" (Score)
• 1995: "Make Up Your Mind" from "The Paper"
• 1991: "Avalon" (Score)
• 1990: "I Love to See You Smile" from "Parenthood"
• 1985: "The Natural" (Score)
• 1982: "Ragtime" (Score)
• 1982: "One More Hour" from "Ragtime"

Amazingly, Randy Newman isn't even the most nominated member of his own family. His uncle, composer Alfred Newman, was nominated for 45 Academy Awards over his long career, winning nine Oscars total. That's the second most nominations and wins of all time, trailing only Walt Disney on both counts. But wait, there's more! Alfred's son and Randy's cousin Thomas Newman, also a composer for films like "American Beauty" and "WALL-E," has an even worse winning percentage than Randy after being nominated 10 times for Best Score Oscar and always going home empty-handed.

If you're keeping track at home, that's 75 nominations and 10 wins total for the Newman clan (or 76 nominations, if you count composer David Newman -- Alfred's son, Thomas' brother and Randy's cousin -- and his Best Score nod for "Anastasia" in 1997). Despite the Oscar pedigree that comes with the Newman name, the nine-time-nominated actor Paul Newman is unrelated to the composers.

With only one win in 19 nominations so far (not counting his "Toy Story 3" nod), you'd think that Newman was the sole owner of some kind of Oscar futility record, but there is at least one person who has even worse luck than Randy: Sound re-recording mixer Kevin O'Connell has been nominated for 20 Academy Awards, and thus far has never brought a trophy home.

Will Randy Newman make it two for 20? With the Golden Globe-winning song, Cher's "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from "Burlesque," not even nominated, the field for Best Song is pretty wide open. The odds-on favorite is likely "I See the Light" from "Tangled" or "Coming Home" from "Country Strong," as both were also nominated for Golden Globes, but the Oscar voters have proven time and again that they love all things Newman, so Randy can't be counted out.

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