Urban, Parton, Mumford Possible Oscar Contenders
Keith Urban or Dolly Parton could wind up with an Oscar nomination. The Motion Picture Academy has named 75 eligible tracks for the Best Original Song award. Keith Urban's "For You," which he co-wrote and recorded for the movie "Act of Valor" is on the lengthy list, along with two Dolly Parton songs from "Joyful Noise" -- "From Here to the Moon and Back" and "He's Everything."
Mumford & Sons' "Learn Me Right" from "Brave" is also among the songs being considered for the honor, along with Adele's James Bond theme "Skyfall," Jon Bon Jovi's "Not Running Anymore" from "Stand Up Guys," and Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" from the documentary "Katy Perry: Part of Me." Songs by R. Kelly, Arcade Fire, Fiona Apple, and Florence + the Machine are also possibilities. Nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards will be revealed on January 15th. The ceremony will take place in Hollywood on February 24th.
But the Keith Urban and Mumford and Sons tracks are already receiving film industry recognition. They're among the Best Song nominees for the Critics Choice Movie Awards. They're up against "Skyfall," Paul Williams' "Still Alive" from "Paul Williams Still Alive," and "Suddenly, which Hugh Jackman performs in the movie "Les Miserables." The Broadcast Film Critics Association is behind the 18th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards, which will be presented during a live broadcast on the CW Network on Thursday, January 10th, starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.