UK singer Dido and her brother Rollo Armstrong were probably the most “pop” names to get a Best Original Song Oscar nomination this morning—for penning 127 Hours tune “If I Rise” along with the film’s composer A.R. Rahman, already an Academy Award winner for Slumdog Millionaire. One film that was curiously absent among the music nominees: Burlesque, which received a Golden Globe award last week for Diane Warren’s ballad “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me”.
The big leader with this year’s Oscar nominations wound up being British period drama The King’s Speech, which earned 12 nods (including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director). The Coen Brothers’ western remake True Grit followed with 10 nominations (including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director), while The Social Network and Inception each scored eight.
Burlesque had been nominated for three Golden Globes, for Best Original Song (“Bound To You” and “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me”) and Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical. Guess Christina Aguilera will just have to settle with getting to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl this year.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross nabbed Best Original Score Globes for The Social Network, which they’ve been recognized for again with an Oscar nod.
Below are the nominations in the music categories for the 83rd annual Academy Awards, which will be televised on Sunday, February 27:
127 Hours, A.R. Rahman
How to Train Your Dragon, John Powell
Inception, Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat
The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
“Coming Home” from Country Strong — Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from Tangled — Alan Menken, Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from 127 Hours — A.R. Rahman, Dido, Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3 — Randy Newman