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"Crazy Heart" wins two awards

Wednesday, January 20, 2010The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart) won the Golden Globe for the Best Original Song at the 67th annual Golden Globe ceremony held in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Jeff Bridges, who plays the lead role in the movie about a down-and-out country singer, won best actor.

The song also received a nod from the BFCA Critics Choice awards, and Stephen Bruton & T Bone Burnett's original score won the The LA Film Critics Association award. Co-written by Bingham and T Bone Burnett, The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart) is featured on the "Crazy Heart Original Motion Picture Soundtrack," which hit stores Tuesday. A deluxe edition of the soundtrack featuring all 23 songs from the film, sequenced in their running order, is also available.

The soundtrack was co-produced by Burnett and the late Bruton.

When asked about the ride of the last year leading to the success, Bingham said, "It's come a long way from sitting on the tailgate of a truck in the middle of a parking lot, playing for five or six people after the bar had shut down. So, yeah, it's just been incredible, and I feel really privileged and honored to be able to be in this company with T Bone Burnett, and Jeff Bridges, and Scott Cooper, and everyone involved with this. It's been pretty amazing."

The deluxe "Crazy Heart Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" is currently number one for soundtracks at Amazon.com and seven at Amazon.com overall. The album is 17 at itunes, 7 at Amazon mp3 and is the second most added album at Americana Radio this week.

The movie, in its 5th weekend open, grossed $858,000 on 47 screens bringing the total box to $2.28 million. The per screen average of $18,263 was the second highest of all releases this past weekend with 10 new cities opening this weekend.

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