Aimee Mann, Randy Newman To Vie For Best Song Oscar

Veteran recording artists, including Phil Collins, competing against Diane Warren, Trey Parker–Marc Shaiman team.

Aimee Mann, Randy Newman, Phil Collins, Diane Warren and the team of Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman will go head to head on Tinseltown's biggest night next month when they compete for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Singer/songwriter Mann received her first Oscar nod for "Save Me" (RealAudio excerpt), from the soundtrack to the movie "Magnolia." Her competition includes 13-time nominee Newman, whose "When She Loved Me" is in the animated "Toy Story 2"; Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart," from "Tarzan"; Warren's "Music of My Heart," from "Music of the Heart"; and Parker and Shaiman's "Blame Canada," from "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut."

The nominations were announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Tuesday (Feb. 15).

Retailers said they expect to see a rise in sales for the soundtracks featuring nominated songs. "There'll be a blip between now and the Oscars, but whatever wins will see a big bump afterward," said Howard Krumholtz, rock buyer at Tower Records on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Calif.

Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart" won the Golden Globe for best song in a feature film last month. The Globes are considered by many in the film industry as a clue to possible Oscar winners. Collins previously was nominated in the Original Song category for "Two Hearts" (1988, from the movie "Buster") and "Against All Odds" (1984).

Newman, who has scored and written songs for several movies throughout his career, was nominated in 1996 for "You've Got a Friend," from the first "Toy Story" movie. He lost to "Colors of the Wind," from "Pocahontas."

Warren's tune "Music of My Heart" was performed by Gloria Estefan and 'N Sync for the film "Music of the Heart." The songwriter has been nominated four times previously. "Blame Canada" is just one of a number of songs in the "South Park" movie, which is an offshoot of the controversial televised cartoon series. The nod marks the fifth Academy Award nomination for composer/conductor Shaiman and the first for "South Park" co-creator Parker.

The "Magnolia" soundtrack already has generated a bump in sales for Mann's back catalog, Krumholtz said. "Her albums that used to sell five to 10 copies a year are now selling five to 10 copies a week," he said. The "Magnolia" album features nine new songs from Mann, the former lead singer of '80s pop-rock group 'Til Tuesday, best known for the hit "Voices Carry."

"American Beauty" claimed the most Academy Award nominations, nabbing eight, including Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Actor for Kevin Spacey, Best Actress for Annette Bening and Best Director for Sam Mendes. the other nominees for Best Original Score are "Angela's Ashes," "The Cider House Rules,"The Red Violin" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley." The "American Beauty" soundtrack included the Folk Implosion's "Free to Go" and Elliott Smiths' spooky version of the Beatles' "Because" (RealAudio excerpt).

The Oscars will be held March 26 in Los Angeles.