What's the connection between the Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris," Alanis Morissette's "Uninvited," and Pras' "Ghetto Supastar?" They're all chart-topping hits from motion picture soundtracks -- and all were ignored on Tuesday when nominations for the 71st Academy Awards were announced in Beverly Hills.
Instead, the numbers vying for this year's Oscar in the category of Best Original Song include the diva duet of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey's "When You Believe" from "The Prince of Egypt," Armageddon's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from "Armageddon" and Celine Dion's "The Prayer" from "The Quest for Camelot."
Perennial runner-up Randy Newman has earned another nod for "That'll Do" from the sequel to "Babe," and country singer Alison Moorer was nominated for "A Soft Place to Fall" from "The Horse Whisperer."
But don't expect to see Aerosmith or Celine strolling up to the podium on Oscar night, as the award actually goes to the songwriter responsible for the winning
song. Diane Warren wrote the Aerosmith tune, Stephen Schwartz penned the Whitney-Mariah duet, and David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager and Alberto Testa collaborated on the Celine Dion aria. But wizened music vet Newman did compose his piece, and Moorer shared co-writing credit with Gwil Owen on her nominated song.
The Academy Awards will be presented at a ceremony to be televised by ABC on March 21, live from the Los Angeles Music Center.