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Mar 8

Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett Take Oscar

Ryan Bingham photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Ryan Bingham photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

The Golden Globe Awards are often hailed as the movie industry’s warm up for the Oscars, and it certainly worked that way for Ryan Bingham.

When “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)” won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song in January, Ryan was off chatting at the bar, leaving co-writer T Bone Burnett to deliver a somewhat bewildered acceptance speech.

Ryan learned an important lesson for Oscar night: stay in your seat. And he did exactly that on Sunday, until “The Weary Kind” won again. Ryan and T Bone shared the podium at the Kodak Theatre, though Ryan did most of the talking, including a sweet dedication to his wife, Anna Axster.

“I love you more than rainbows, baby,” he said.

Crazy Heart had a good night at the Oscars, with Jeff Bridges taking home the Best Actor trophy for his role as aging singer-songwriter Bad Blake. Because the film was about a musician, the music received utmost attention, and when Ryan presented an unfinished version of “The Weary Kind,” it became a centerpiece for the rest of the soundtrack.

“If it’s a movie about a guy writing a song, it damn well better be a good song, and we hadn’t even approached it yet,” T Bone told The Chicago Sun-Times. “When Ryan brought in his song, there was a palpable sense of relief in the room. I think everyone at once recognized this was the song Bad was writing.”

The weekend had other movie-award news with some relevance to country music. Tim McGraw, who co-starred in The Blind Side, attended the Oscars with wife Faith Hill and watched his on-screen wife, Sandra Bullock, take the Best Actress prize for her performance. Oddly enough, Sandra won a Razzie the previous night as the Worst Actress for her role in All About Steve.

The Cyrus family likewise had a presence at both the Oscars and the Razzies. Miley Cyrus joined Amanda Seyfried, from the HBO series “Big Love,” to present the Best Original Song award. Meanwhile, Billy Ray Cyrus was the “winner,” according to The Los Angeles Times, of Worst Supporting Actor at the Razzies for his role in Hannah Montana: The Movie.


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