"The Weary Kind" wins song Oscar, Jeff Bridges is best actor
Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett have won the Oscar for best origina song for "The Weary Kind", the them tune to the movie Crazy Heart. Jeff Bridges also took the best actor Oscar for his role as washed-up country singer Bad Blake in the same film. Maggie Gyllenhaal lost out to Mo'Nique in the best supporting actress category.
The song had previously won at the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards and was a strong favourite to take the award. It beat two songs from "The Princess and the Frog", both written by Randy Newman; "Loin de Paname" from the film "Paris 36"; and "Take it All" from "Nine".
Speaking after the ceremony. Bingham paid tribute to his band, the Dead Horses.
"All those months you guys spent on the road with me, I wouldn’t be here without you," he said. "Anyone that’s ever dared to get out on the road and believe in themselves, this is for all of them as well."
It was the first Oscar success for Bridges, who received his first nomination 39 years ago for a supporting role in The Last Picture Show and has been nominated a total of five times.
In his acceptance speech, Bridges said the award honoured his parents, Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, as much as it did him. "Thank you mom and dad for turning me on to such a groovy profession," he said.