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Oscar Nods Favor BMI Composers

Posted in News on February 7, 2006

BMI film composers and songwriters were among the top nominees for the 78th Annual Academy Awards, announced January 31 in Los Angeles.

John Williams Gustavo Santaolalla Dolly Parton

Adding to BMI's almost 65% take of the nominations in the music categories, noted film composer John Williams will compete against himself for Best Original Score with the music to Memoirs of a Geisha and Munich. The five-time Academy Award winner recently picked up a Golden Globe for the Geisha score.

A Best Score nod also went to BMI Latin rock producer, songwriter, performer, film composer and Surco Records president Gustavo Santaolalla for Oscar favorite Brokeback Mountain. His Mountain music also won big at the recent Golden Globes, taking home a Best Original Song award for "A Love That Will Never Grow Old." BMI Icon Dolly Parton also topped the nominees list, earning a nod for Best Original Song for "Travelin' Thru" from the stirring film, Transamerica. The song also nabbed a nomination at the recent Critic's Choice and Golden Globe ceremonies.

"It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from Hustle & Flow, written by BMI songwriters Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard, is also up for Original Song.

The 78th Annual Academy Awards ceremony is set for Sunday, March 6 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on ABC starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT.