The battle has only begun!
The news was disheartening when Golden Globe nominations were released this week:
And I'm not talking about Alan Arkin missing out for Little Miss Sunshine or Jenna Fischer for The Office. The part that makes me die a little inside is the Best Original Song - Motion Picture category:
"A FATHER'S WAY" - THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
Music by: Seal and Christopher BruceLyrics by: Seal
"LISTEN" - DREAMGIRLS
Music & Lyrics by: Henry Krieger, Anne Preven, Scott Cutler and Beyonce Knowles
"NEVER GONNA BREAK MY FAITH" - BOBBY
Music & Lyrics by: Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy and Andrea Remanda
"THE SONG OF THE HEART" - HAPPY FEET
Music & Lyrics by: Prince Rogers Nelson
"TRY NOT TO REMEMBER" - HOME OF THE BRAVE
Music & Lyrics by: Sheryl Crow
Notice anyone missing? That's right, your favorite Replacement-turned-kiddie-songster, Paul Westerberg, got shafted for his work on Open Season, thereby delivering a blow to my campaign to get Paul Westerberg the Oscar this year. The entire soundtrack was pretty slick, with plenty of memorable numbers. They even got Pete Yorn to sing "I Belong" in an effort to make the material more palatable to voters. Maybe voters among the Hollywood Foreign Press mistook the soundtrack for the British Sea Power album of the same name, thinking it to be a veiled support for nautical imperialism, or perhaps they simply wanted to reward the other '80s icon from Minnesota who contributed songs to a CGI film about a ragtag bunch of animals -- Prince, for his Happy Feet song. Then again, if I had the choice of watching flocks of adorable penguins or a belching deer voiced by Ashton Kutcher, I know which one I'd choose. Still, we can't give up hope that when Oscar nominations are announced on January 23, Paul will be one of the 5 nominees. So forget what they all told you about the 2004 elections: this is the most important election of your lifetime!! Track down your local Academy voter and ask them to consider Paul Westerberg's songs for Open Season. Take out ads in your local trade papers, talk it up on the street. This is our best chance to help Paul Westerberg attain one of the ultimate honors in show business -- an Oscar.
Then again, it would be pretty cool to see Prince win......