Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie feels like a "new world is opening up" after this morning being told he has been nominated for an Oscar.
McKenzie has received the award nod for his song Man or Muppet in the film The Muppets.
The 84th annual Academy Award selections were announced this morning in Los Angeles.
McKenzie's nomination follows his receiving of a Critics' Choice award, beating out Mary J Blige and Elton John, for his work on the Muppets, for which he was musical director.
"I'm having a great day. It's a great way to start a day with news you've been nominated for an Oscar," McKenzie said.
He had been trying to sleep and had ignored the phone as it rang through the early morning, but finally got up around 7am.
"I kind of had a feeling when the phone started ringing a few times it must be good news," he said.
The first email about the nomination came in at 5.03am.
Of the three songs from the film that could have been nominated, he was very happy at the choice of Man or Muppet.
"Not only because I wrote it, but also because it's my favourite song in the film," McKenzie said.
"The pictures and music work really beautifully together."
With only two songs in the category "it means I have a 50 per cent chance of the award, which is great. The only thing which would be better would be if there was one nomination".
Having grown up with the Muppets on television, he knew them well and writing songs for the movie had been great fun.
"It wasn't hard writing the songs, but it took a lot of time to develop them with the film so they worked for the picture."
The Oscars were "kind of the ultimate Hollywood event, so it's very surreal - taking calls from the Hollywood press about getting the Oscar nomination".
By 10.30am he had already done "a bunch of interviews".
Even though he had been living between Wellington and Los Angeles for the past six or seven years, and now knew Los Angeles well, "this feels like a whole new world is opening up", McKenzie said.
Today he was in Wellington, where he was recovering from a bout of tonsillitis.
With a mother who was a dance teacher and a father who was a singer it was no surprise he had become a "song and dance man".
It was encouraging that as a New Zealander he had been able to be successful overseas, and hopefully it would spur more New Zealanders to get into the industry.
He noted the role of the Conchords in paving the way for him to work on other projects.
"It really opened a lot of doors in Hollywood. The most unlikely people are Conchords' fans," McKenzie said.
For now he was waiting for the release of Duncan and Robert Sarkies' movie Two Little Boys, in which he stars.
Beyond that, he was developing a few things in America, but nothing he could talk about yet.
Mother Deirdre Tarrant said the nomination was "pretty amazing".
"The family is thrilled. We've all been ringing each other up."
Another New Zealand nod was to four-time Oscar winner, Weta's Joe Letteri, who, with his team, won a sixth nomination for his work on Rise of the Planet of the Apes. See further Oscar information on Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
He has previously been nominated for Avatar, King Kong, The Lord of the Rings (Return of the King and The Two Towers) and I, Robot.
The Peter Jackson and Steven Speilberg reworking of Tintin failed to catch the Academy's eye, not making the list of finalists in the animated film section, but has been nominated for Best Music (Original Score).
Martin Scorsese's film Hugo has led this year's Oscar field with 11 nominations.
Jennifer Lawrence and Tom Sherak - president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - announced the list, with Hugo leading the pack.
Scorsese's first foray into family films is in the running for the coveted best film prize, as is War Horse, The Artist, Moneyball, The Descendants, The Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, The Help and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
Hugo was also named in the best director and best adapted screenplay categories respectively.
Michel Hazanavicius's critically-acclaimed The Artist garnered a respectable ten nominations, coming in a close second place and continuing its domination over the major Hollywood film events.
Bennett Miller's Moneyball took six nominations, with Alexander Payne's The Descendants up for five prizes.
The Artist's stars have been praised for their roles, with Jean Dujardin in the running for best actor and Berenice Bejo nominated for the supporting actress award.
Others battling it out to be named best actor are Demian Bichir, George Clooney, Gary Oldman and Brad Pitt.
Berenice is in the running for best supporting actress alongside Jessica Chastain, Melissa McCarthy, Janet McTeer and Octavia Spencer, while the male version of the prize includes Kenneth Branagh, Jonah Hill, Nick Nolte, Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow.
For the coveted best actress award, Glenn Close, Rooney Mara, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams are all named.
Scorsese is battling it out for best director with Michel Hazanavicius, Alexander Payne, Woody Allen and Terrence Malick.
The 84th annual Academy Awards will be presented in a ceremony on 26 February presented by Billy Crystal.
- Stuff.co.nz and Cover Media
The full list of Oscar nominees: (See also http://www.oscar.go.com/nominees)
Actor in a Leading Role
Demian Bichir in A Better Life
George Clooney in The Descendants
Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt in Moneyball
Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill in Moneyball
Nick Nolte in Warrior
Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis in The Help
Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn
Actress in a Supporting Role
Berenice Bejo in The Artist
Jessica Chastain in The Help
Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer in The Help
Animated Feature Film
A Cat in Paris Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
Chico & Rita Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
Kung Fu Panda 2 Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Puss in Boots Chris Miller
Rango Gore Verbinski
The Artist Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Hugo Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
Midnight in Paris Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Helène Dubreuil
War Horse Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
The Artist Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Jeff Cronenweth
Hugo Robert Richardson
The Tree of Life Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse Janusz Kaminski
Anonymous Lisy Christl
The Artist Mark Bridges
Hugo Sandy Powell
Jane Eyre Michael O'Connor
W.E. Arianne Phillips
The Artist Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants Alexander Payne
Hugo Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris Woody Allen
The Tree of Life Terrence Malick
Hell and Back Again Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
Pina Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
Undefeated TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas
Documentary (Short Subject)
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
God Is the Bigger Elvis Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
Incident in New Baghdad James Spione
Saving Face Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen
The Artist Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants Kevin Tent
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
Hugo Thelma Schoonmaker
Moneyball Christopher Tellefsen
Foreign Language Film
In Darkness Poland
Monsieur Lazhar Canada
A Separation Iran
Albert Nobbs Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
The Iron Lady Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
Music (Original Score)
The Adventures of Tintin John Williams
The Artist Ludovic Bource
Hugo Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Alberto Iglesias
War Horse John Williams
Music (Original Song)
Man or Muppet from The Muppets Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
Real in Riofrom Rio Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett
The Artist Thomas Langmann, Producer
The Descendants Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Scott Rudin, Producer
The Help Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
Hugo Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
Midnight in Paris Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
Moneyball Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
The Tree of Life Nominees to be determined
War Horse Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
Short Film (Animated)
Dimanche/Sunday Patrick Doyon
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
La Luna Enrico Casarosa
A Morning Stroll Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
Wild Life Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
Short Film (Live Action)
Pentecost Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
Raju Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
The Shore Terry George and Oorlagh George
Time Freak Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
Tuba Atlantic Hallvar Witzø
Drive Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Ren Klyce
Hugo Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
War Horse Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
Hugo Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
Moneyball Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
War Horse Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
Hugo Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
Real Steel Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
The Descendants Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Hugo Screenplay by John Logan
The Ides of March Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
Moneyball Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan
Writing (Original Screenplay)
The Artist Written by Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Margin Call Written by J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris Written by Woody Allen
A Separation Written by Asghar Farhadi
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