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McCartney Earns Oscar Nom

Sting, Enya, Randy Newman also score nods

February 12, 2002 12:00 AM ET

Paul McCartney's "Vanilla Sky," from Cameron Crowe's film of the same name, earned the former-Beatle his third Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. He was previously nominated for "Live and Let Die" in 1973, and the Beatles won Best Original Song Score in 1970 for Let It Be.

After taking home the Golden Globe earlier this year, Sting's "Until," from the movie Kate and Leopold, earned him a second Oscar nod; he received one two years ago for his "My Funny Friend and Me," from The Emperor's New Groove.

The rest of the category looks much like its Golden Globe doppelganger. Enya, Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan were nominated for "May It Be" from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, the first Oscar nomination for all three. Diane Warren earned her sixth nomination for "There You'll Be," as performed by Faith Hill in Pearl Harbor. And as has become Oscar tradition, Randy Newman was nominated for "If I Didn't Have You" from Monsters, Inc.. The nod was Newman's sixteenth, though he has never won. Since 1994, Newman has received an Oscar nod every year except 1997, contributing songs to other animated hits including Toy Story, A Bug's Life and James and the Giant Peach.

The seventy-fourth annual Academy Awards will be held on March 24th at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The ceremony will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and televised live on ABC.

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