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"Revolutionary Road" Receives Four Golden Globe Nominations; Nonesuch to Release Soundtrack

Thomas Newman, "Revolutionary Road" [cover]

The 2008 Golden Globe nominations are in, and congratulations go to Revolutionary Road, the Sam Mendes–directed film adaptation of Richard Yates's landmark novel, on its four nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Drama, and Best Director for Mendes. Also receiving nominations are the film's two lead actors, Leonardo DiCaprio, for Best Actor, Drama, and Kate Winslet, for Best Actress, Drama. (Winslet was also nominated for best supporting actress for The Reader.)

Nonesuch will release the original motion picture soundtrack to Revolutionary Road on December 23. The album features original music composed and conducted by Thomas Newman, who also plays piano and violin on the soundtrack, as well as three songs from the film’s era by The Ravens, The Orioles, and The Ink Spots.

"Sam wanted there to be something a little old-fashioned about the music, in terms of how it worked with the classic imagery he was going for," Newman tells Variety's Jon Burlingame. "The dramatic interest comes out of ambiguity and not out of any clarity that you can derive from the musicmaking."

Newman has scored all four of Mendes’ films, and Nonesuch released his score for the HBO film Angels in America in 2003. Revolutionary Road is one of three films Newman scored this year (he was just nominated for a Golden Globe, with Peter Gabriel, for a song from WALL-E), leading Variety to marvel at his prolific oeuvre. Even so, says Burlingame, "it's the quality of the projects that continues to astound."

Also nominated for a Golden Globe this year, for Best Motion Picture Made for Television, is A Raisin in the Sun, starring Audra McDonald, Sean Combs, and Phylicia Rashad. The film reunites the cast from the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's famed 1959 play.

The 66th annual Golden Globe awards will be held in Los Angeles and broadcast live on NBC on January 11. For more information and the complete list of nominees, visit


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