Dolly Parton received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for her tune “Travelin’ Thru,” featured in Transamerica, a film about a transsexual played by Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman. Other nominees in the category are rising singer-songwriter Kathleen “Bird” York’s “In the Deep” for the movie Crash, and Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard’s “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” performed by actor Terrence Howard in the hip-hop film Hustle and Flow.
Parton’s song was nominated in the equivalent category for the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards. But the winner, on January 16th, was “A Love That Will Never Grow Old,” a collaboration between Elton John’s writing partner Bernie Taupin and Gustavo Santaolalla for Ang Lee’s cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain.
Though the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, long considered an Oscar favorite, was shut out of the Best Motion Picture category, Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon earned Best Actor and Best Actress nods for their performances as the late Cash and his wife June Carter Cash.
The 78th Annual Academy Awards will air live from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre March 5th on ABC.