This year’s nominees for Best Original Song include a Bond girl, an Avenger and the one and only Wolverine.
Though this is the third time a Bond theme has been nominated for an Oscar—Paul and Linda McCartney for “Live and Let Die” in 1973, Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager for Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does it Better” in 1977 and Bill Conti and Mick Leeson for 1981’s “For Your Eyes Only” as sung by Sheena Easton—if Adele wins, she will be the first 007 singer to take home the big prize.
This year’s host, Seth MacFarlane, along with his Family Guy collaborator Walter Murphy, also earned a nomination for “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from his directorial debut, Ted. Norah Jones helps out as the singer for the big band inspired song from the raunchy comedy.
If MacFarlane wins for Best Song he will be the second person to win an award while hosting the show.
In 1958 David Niven hosted and took home the statue for Best Actor in Separate Tables. An actor being nominated the same year as playing host has actually happened seven times in Oscar history. Most recently in 2011 when James Franco pulled double duty as host and Best Actor nominee for 127 Hours. He lost to Colin Firth for his role in The King’s Speech.
Other nominees include Mychael Danna and Indian singer Bombay Jayashri for “Pi’s Lullaby” from Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, along with Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil for “Suddenly,” a new song added to the film version of the Broadway classic Les Misérables that is sung by Hugh Jackman.
Though many might not be familiar with the film, Chasing Ice, a documentary that focuses on climate change, its nominated theme song “Before My Time” was sung by a familiar name.
Written by New York composer J. Ralph, who has previously, worked with Norah Jones and Carly Simon, the song features violinst Joshua Bell and vocals from Scarlett Johanssen.
ScarJo is certainly no stranger to the music business. In 2008 she released an album of mostly Tom Waits covers called Anywhere I Lay My Head and the following year she collaborated with singer Pete Yorn on Break Up, an album inspired by Serge Gainsbourg’s duets with Brigitte Bardot.
Find out who win’s this year’s award when the 85th Academy Awards airs live February 24 on ABC.
– Shannon Carlin, Radio.com