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T-Bone Burnett, "Crazy Heart"
Q: You've been up for, and won, awards for your work in movies before [including an Academy Award nomination for his song in "Cold Mountain" and Grammys for "O Brother Where Art Thou" and "Walk the Line"]. How does a Golden Globe nomination feel different?
A: Golden Globes are the first in line, and the loosest. It’s a fun gathering. As the awards season goes, more tension builds -- this is the beginning, so it has the least tension.
Q: What was your entry in writing music for the film, and choosing artists for the soundtrack?
A: [Director] Scott Cooper called me and we started a sort of writer’s table, with [composer/music producer] Stephen Bruton. Ryan [Bingham] came in pretty quickly. We talked all about who this [character] was. First we worked into his past, and phrases came out of the conversation.
Q: Have you ever felt a kind of low like Jeff Bridges' character does in the film?
A: I don’t think Ryan or I have hit that kind of rock bottom, but we’ve both lived that dislocated life. The movie is very true to that life.
Q: Do you think this ups your chances of an Academy Award?
A: Hopeful kills you.
Q: How very American of you.
A: Ain't that the truth.
- T-Bone Burnett, film score composer and producer for "Crazy Heart," nominated for Best Score