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Last Year’s Oscar Winners, This Year’s Contenders Land Grammy Nominations

This morning nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards were unveiled. Generally the visual media categories can be a good place for early-year Oscar hopefuls to turn up, but that was mostly the case in the song category.

Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from DreamWorks’ “Trolls” landed a notice, as did Peter Gabriel’s “The Veil” from “Snowden” and Shakira’s “Try Everything” from “Zootopia.” They were joined by a pair of “Suicide Squad” songs — “Heathens” and “Purple Lamborghini” — as well as “Just Like Fire” from “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

The Grammy eligibility window often means releases from the prior year end up in the running, and indeed, the best score soundtrack for visual media category was populated this year with 2015 films (plus television’s “Stranger Things”). Last year’s Oscar winner Ennio Morricone (“The Hateful Eight”) was nominated alongside fellow Academy nominees Thomas Newman (“Bridge of Spies”) and John Williams (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), as well as Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto (“The Revenant”).

Newman was also nominated for best instrumental composition, for the end title of “Bridge of Spies.”

Finally, the compilation soundtrack category included nominations for last year’s best documentary Oscar winner “Amy” and hip-hop biopic “Straight Outta Compton.” They were joined by Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis film “Miles Ahead,” “Suicide Squad” and HBO’s “Vinyl.”

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