Carole Bayer Sager follows Clint Eastwood's lead to a nomination
The songwriter is up for song of the year for 'Grace Is Gone.'
Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager was tapped by Eastwood to collaborate on a song for "Grace is Gone." (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
"He said he wanted to come by and play it for me and I said yes, of course, I would be honored," Sager said. "I thought he meant he would come by some time that week, but he was at my house in 10 minutes."
That whirlwind kept spinning -- Sager wrote lyrics and while she was making a list of potential singers she found out that Eastwood had already picked jazz-inflected British singer Jamie Cullum to cut the record. Eastwood had also decided that the first take was just fine. "I think Jamie wanted to try a few more times, but, well, Clint's process is very much about the moment."
The result was a Golden Globe nomination Thursday for "Grace Is Gone" for song of the year, the ninth time Sager's name has been called out in that category. She's won twice, most memorably as part of the team that penned "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from "Arthur" (1981), which also won an Oscar. It's Eastwood's second appearance in a music category (his score for 2004's "Million Dollar Baby" was nominated) and seventh overall.
Also nominated: Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam for "Guaranteed" from "Into the Wild"; Alan Menken and his "Enchanted" return to fairy tales with "That's How You Know"; the Colombian pop star Shakira and Brazilian composer Antonio Pinto for the forlorn "Despedida" from "Love in the Time of Cholera"; and retro songwriter Marshall Crenshaw along with actor John C. Reilly and filmmakers Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan for "Walk Hard," the title track of the spoof film.
Win or lose, Sager will look back on her collaboration as a special -- if fleeting -- moment. "I'm used to working with people who do just the opposite. They'll record something 41 times, piece it together . . . but Clint does his way, and that's one reason why he's one of the greats of our time."