Jeff Bridges is earning rave reviews for playing a singer/songwriter on a downward spiral in "Crazy Heart," and this morning the role brought him his fourth career Golden Globe nomination. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, and Colin Farrell co-star in the drama, and he thanked them all in his reaction to being nominated... but see whether another name he mentions seems familiar:
"The Hollywood Foreign Press has been mighty fine to me over the past 30 years, and this year is especially sweet. I'm happy to share this nom with my buddies T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham for our 'Crazy Heart' theme song, and with our writer-director Scott Cooper and co-stars Maggie, Bob and Colin who who helped make Bad Blake such a genuine character. I would like to dedicate this recognition to the memory of the late, great Stephen Bruton who brought his musical touch to every part of the picture."
Yes, T Bone Burnett is a music legend, but did you catch his collaborator's name? Ryan Bingham is an Americana singer-songwriter who's gained some notice of late. Coincidentally, "Ryan Bingham" is also the name of George Clooney's character in "Up In The Air" – and, as it happens, Clooney is nominated opposite Bridges for lead actor in a drama, along with Colin Firth for "A Single Man," Morgan Freeman for "Invictus," and Tobey Maguire for "Brothers." (If you spot any more Ryan Binghams floating around this awards season, please let us know.)
Funny mentioning George Clooney and "character" in the same sentence....
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