Eric Ryan AndersonFor Sting, maybe the fourth time will be the charm.
Tuesday morning, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer earned his fourth Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. This time around it’s for “The Empty Chair,” a song he wrote for the documentary Jim: The James Foley Story, about a journalist who was the first American citizen murdered by ISIS.
Sting was previously nominated in 2000, 2001 and 2003 for songs he wrote for, respectively, The Emperor’s New Groove, Kate & Leopold and Cold Mountain.
Sting’s competition in the category includes Justin Timberlake for his #1 hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” for the animated movie Trolls, and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, for “How Far I’ll Go,” from the animated film Moana. Miranda also has a Tony, Emmy and a Grammy, so if he takes home the Oscar, he’ll be one of the few people who’ve ever pulled off an EGOT: winning all four top entertainment awards.
The other two songs nominated in this category — “Audition” and “City of Stars” — are both from La La Land, which leads all Oscar nominees with a record-tying 14 nods.
The Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air February 26 on ABC.
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