Three weeks after winning a Golden Globe Award for his song “Until…,” Sting has learned that his song from the film Kate & Leopold is now also an Academy Award-nominated composition in the category of original song. In a statement, the singer-songwriter said he was “thrilled and delighted by this honor.”
“I was sent this film to watch shortly after September 11th at a time when we all felt numb,” Sting says. “The movie was filled with love and optimism and inspired me to write a song that would be as romantic and positive as the film itself. I’m pleased that those sentiments have been met with such enthusiasm.”
Sting explains that it was the single theme that made “Until…” what it is. “The film is about the eternity of love. You know, if you say ‘I love you,’ it lasts forever. And that’s really what the song is about. We’ve all been in love, some of us still are in love, and that’s what the song is about,” he said.
Nominations were announced Tuesday (February 12) in Beverly Hills. Others to make the cut include Paul McCartney for the title song to Vanilla Sky, Enya for “May It Be” from Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, Randy Newman for Monsters, Inc.’s “If I Didn’t Have You,” and Dianne Warren, who was singled out for her composition from Pearl Harbor, the Faith Hill-sung “There You’ll Be.”
In fact, the nominations mirror almost exactly those from the Golden Globes, the only difference being songwriter David Baerwald made the cut for Moulin Rouge’s “Come What May” instead of Newman.
For his part, Newman also made the cut in the other Oscar music category-original score. The acclaimed singer-songwriter’s work on Monsters, Inc. is joined by James Horner for A Beautiful Mind, Howard Shore for Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, and John Williams for both A.I.: Artificial Intelligence and Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone.
The 74th annual Academy Awards take place March 24 at the new Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.