There aren’t many show-business firsts left for Mick Jagger, but he scored one today when “Old Habits Die Hard” was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. The song, penned with the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and featured in Alfie, was the first Jagger had written specifically for a film.
“It’s good to do something new,” Jagger tells Rolling Stone. “Lots of Stones songs have been quite famously featured in movies, but it’s different when you’re starting from scratch. It’s nice to do it and get nominated for it first time around.”
“I’ve never been to the Golden Globes or the Academy Awards before,” adds Stewart. “Me and Mick were laughing because neither of us have been nominated for this before, so we’re the two virgins.”
The other songs up for Globes are the Counting Crows’ “Accidentally in Love” (from Shrek 2); Wyclef Jean’s “Million Voices” (Hotel Rwanda); Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri’s “Believe,” performed by Josh Groban (The Polar Express); and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Learn to Be Lonely” (The Phantom of the Opera). Sideways was the most-nominated film, with seven nods, while Closer — which Jagger cites as his favorite movie of the year — grabbed five.
The success of the Alfie soundtrack — which included twelve other Jagger/Stewart songs, along with instrumental compositions — may well inspire future movie work, although Jagger has his reservations. “It’s quite tricky because it’s such a big committee — it’s a committee being in a band, and it’s even a bigger committee doing songs for a movie,” he says. “I’m not very happy with committees — I like to do what I like to do, but if the right movie comes along I would do that.”
The Golden Globe nominations are often reliable predictors for those of the Academy Awards, but Jagger doesn’t want to speculate on “Old Habits”‘ Oscar prospects. “One thing at a time, dear boy,” he says. “One thing at a time.”
The sixty-second annual Golden Globe Awards will take place in Los Angeles on January 16th.