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This is the first time that two top 20 hits have competed for Original Song since 1998. The nominees that year included "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (from "Armageddon") and "When You Believe" (from "The Prince Oo Egypt"). "When You Believe," which had been a #15 hit for Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey, won the award, besting "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," which had been a #1 smash for Aerosmith.
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"Frozen" and "Despicable Me 2" are also squaring off for Animated Feature Film. Both movies are blockbusters. "Frozen" has grossed $384 million in the U.S. since its release on Nov. 22. "Despicable Me" has grossed $368 million since its release on July 3.
The "Frozen" soundtrack, which is about to log its eighth straight week at #1 or #2 on the Billboard 200, will soon be joined at the top of the chart by Williams's "G I R L," his first solo album since 2006. The album is being released the day after the Oscars, where he will perform "Happy" (which will be included on the album).
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Here are the seven other EGOT winners, and their ages when they completed the sweep: composer Richard Rodgers, 59; composer Jonathan Tunick, 59; director Mike Nichols, 69; director/screenwriter/comedian Mel Brooks, 74; Helen Hayes, 76; John Gielgud, 87; and Audrey Hepburn, who completed it posthumously.
The fine print: This counts only awards won in competition. Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, and James Earl Jones also qualify if you include honorary awards.
Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez would be the fourth married couple to win an Oscar for Original Song. They would follow Alan & Marilyn Bergman (who won for both "The Windmills of Your Mind" and "The Way We Were"), Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager ("Arthur's Theme [Best That You Can Do"]) and Jack Nitzsche and Buffy Sainte-Marie ("Up Where We Belong"). Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova ("Falling Slowly") were romantically involved, but weren't married.
Williams took home four Grammys on Jan. 25. (He would have won a fifth, but the Grammys don't have a category for Best Hat.) He won three awards as a featured artist on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," which won for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. He also won Producer of the Year (Non-Classical).
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Williams told the Los Angeles Times that he modeled "Happy" after the music of Curtis Mayfield. That R&B great was never nominated for an Oscar, though his hit songs from 1972's "Superfly" were certainly worthy of a nomination.
Deep trivia: If "Happy" were to win, this would be the second year in a row that a song with a one-word title has taken the prize. "Skyfall" won last year. Since the Original Song category was introduced in 1934, just two other songs with one-word titles have won: "Gigi" and "Fame."
This is U2's second nomination for Original Song. The band members were nominated for "The Hands That Built America" from 2002's "Gangs of New York."
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