Bingham and Burnett go for glory at Golden Globes
Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett will learn tonight if they have won yet another trophy in what promises to be a glittering season of awards for their song "The Weary Kind", the theme tune to the film "Crazy Heart."
The song, performed by Bingham, is nominated in the Best Original Song category at the Golden Globe Awards. Earlier this week it took the same award in the Critics Choice Awards, and it is also strongly tipped for the Oscars.
The soundtrack to the film, featuring tracks by Townes Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings and a host of others, is released on Monday, while the film itself is scheduled for UK release on February 19,
The film, written and directed by Scott Cooper from the book by Thomas Cobb, stars Jeff Bridges as a broken-down country singer who reaches for salvation from Maggie Gyllenhaal, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. The film's tagline is "The harder the life, the sweeter the song."
The soundtrack is a mixture of songs performed by the film's stars, Bridges, Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall, and of classics by their original artists. It includes Buck Owens singing "Hello Trouble," Waylon Jennings with "Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way?", Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You" and Lightnin' Hopkins with "Once a Gambler." Among Bridges' performances is a previously unrecorded song written by Greg Brown, "Brand New Angel."
Bingham also has a role in the film, playing the lead singer of band-for-hire Tony and the Renegades.