Sting has been nominated for his fourth Academy Award for Best Original Song -- for "The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story -- the documentary about the American journalist kidnapped and killed by ISIS in 2014.
Going up against a pair of songs from La La Land as well as Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from Trolls, Sting is far from the favorite in the category, but he tells us that he hopes he nomination will steer more people towards the film:
"We won't win, but my interest in the campaign is I'd like more people to see this movie because it is really, especially at this time, an example of true American heroism, compassionate heroism, real courage under extraordinary circumstances. And it's not the kind of shoot-'em-up heroism that we tend to see in the movies. This is something different. It's very quiet, but it's very powerful."
The Academy Awards will be presented on February 26 in Los Angeles. Sting's previous nominations were for: "My Funny Friend and Me" from The Emperor's New Groove in 2000; "Until..." from Kate & Leopold in 2001; and "You Will Be My Ain True Love" from Cold Mountain in 2003.
“The Empty Chair" is also featured on Sting's new album, 57th & 9th, and he begins a tour to support it on February 1 in Vancouver.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.