Williams faces three foreign-born composers: France's Ludovic Bource, for The Artist; Canada's Howard Shore, for Hugo; and Spain's Alberto Iglesias, for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This is the first score nomination for Bource; the third for both Shore and Iglesias. Shore won for scoring two installments in The Lord Of The Rings franchise. Iglesias was nominated for scoring The Constant Gardener and The Kite Runner.
Williams has received a total of 47 Oscar nominations (counting five nominations in the Best Song category). Only one individual in film history, Walt Disney, has amassed more. Disney amassed 59 nominations between 1931/32 and 1968. That last nomination was posthumous: Disney died in 1966.
"Man Or Muppet" is the third song from a Muppet movie to receive an Oscar nomination. It follows "The Rainbow Connection" from 1979's The Muppet Movie and "The First Time It Happens" from 1981's The Great Muppet Caper.
This is Garrett's second nomination. She was nominated five years ago for co-writing "Love You I Do" from Dreamgirls. Garrett is probably still best known for her work on two Michael Jackson hits from Bad. She was featured on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" and co-wrote "Man In The Mirror."
The Best Song nominees, like the Best Score nominees, have an international quality. McKenzie is from New Zealand. Mendes and Brown were both born in Brazil.
Likewise, all five of the songs that were nominated for Golden Globes were passed over for Best Song: "Masterpiece" from W.E. (co-written by Madonna), "The Living Proof" from The Help (co-written by Mary J. Blige), "Hello Hello" from Gnomeo & Juliet (co-written by Elton John), "Lay Your Head Down" from Albert Nobbs (co-written by Glenn Close) and "The Keeper" from Machine Gun Preacher (written by Chris Cornell).
Other notable songs that were passed over in the Oscar balloting include "So Long" from Winnie The Pooh (written by Zooey Deschanel), "Where The River Goes" from Footloose (co-written by Zac Brown) and "Born To Be Somebody" from Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (written by Diane Warren).
I believe the Academy has erred in cutting back on the number of Best Song nominees. The Academy should seek to encourage songwriters to write for film. By cutting back on the number of nominees, they are unwittingly discouraging this. You usually get better results by being generous of spirit, rather than by being tight and stingy. The Academy is being notably tight and stingy.
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