Thursday, December 15, 2011

Madonna: New film earns 2 Golden Globe nominations

Madonna’s new film, “W.E,” doesn’t arrive until February 3, but it’s already earning some praise.

Billboardreports “W.E.” picked up two Golden Globe nominations on Thursday, including best original score and best original song, for the star's new track "Masterpiece."

The singer's slowed-down, moody ballad features simplified production reminiscent of her sound in the 1990s, while the lyrics lean on the emotional side and tie into the film's love story. "And I'm right by your side," Madonna sings in the chorus. "Even deep in the night, I stand in front of the masterpiece."

Starring James D'Arcy and Andrea Riseborough as King Edward VIII and his lover Wallis Simpson, "W.E." tells the story of when the monarch abdicated his throne in 1936 to marry the twice-divorced American.

The multi-faceted star's previous directing credit on a feature was in the 2008 comedy "Filth and Wisdom," about a Ukrainian Gypsy and his two roommates in London.

Other original song nominees include Elton John's "Hello Hello" from "Gnomeo and Juliet," Chris Cornell's "The Keeper" from "Machine Gun Preacher," the Sinéad O'Connor-sung "Lay My Head Down" from "Albert Nobbs" (lyrics by its star, Glenn Close) and Mary J. Blige's "The Living Proof" from "The Help."

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are early frontrunners to repeat in the original score category, for David Fincher's highly anticipated "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." The pair won the Golden Globe and the Oscar earlier this year for scoring Fincher's "The Social Network."

Other nominees in this category include Abel Korzeniowski for "W.E.," Ludoic Bource for "The Artist," Howard Shore for "Hugo" and John Williams for "War Horse."

The 69th annual Golden Globes will be broadcast live on NBC January 15 with Ricky Gervais returning as host.

See also:

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