In Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges plays Bad Blake, a run-down country musician who's had a few too many marriages and a few too many drinks. He discusses the role on Sunday at the TimesCenter.
Ryan Bingham's "The Weary Kind" beat out Paul McCartney among others for Best Original Song. Great, great song, a richly deserved win. Unfortunately, Bingham was completely MIA, leaving T. Bone Burnett to make a clumsy acceptance.
Bingham's song, and Jeff Bridges' performance as washed-up country legend Bad Blake, elevated this film from tired cliche to art.
Bingham also has a small part in the film, as the leader of the band that backs up Blake for a show at a bowling alley.
Michael Giacchino followed up with a win for Best Score for "Up," how gushed that it was "so cool to hear Paul McCartney shout, 'Go, Michael! Go!"