Sting Surprised by Oscar Nomination

03/15/2002 at 11:00 AM EST

Seemingly ageless rocker Sting, 50, thought that the ballad he penned for the film "Kate & Leopold" was sure to be rejected by the movie company for being too "old-fashioned." "I sent them a song that was radio-proof," he told His song, "Until," proved otherwise, and is now up for an Oscar, up against tunes by Paul McCartney, Enya, and perennial winners Randy Newman and Diane Warren. Newman has been nominated seven times for best song and Warren six times. McCartney was nominated twice before, for the Bond theme "Live and Let Die" in 1973 and for "Let It Be" in 1970, for which he and the Beatles won. Enya is a first-timer with "May It Be" (hmm, that sounds familiar) from "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." Whatever happens to Sting this year, he seems willing to take it in stride, reports "You know I was nominated last year. I didn't win, of course, but I had such a great time," he said. "I'm going to have a good time regardless. But when you think how many songs are written for the movies in a year and I saw the list -- there were hundreds and hundreds of songs. To be chosen as one of five, you know, that's pretty good, and, um, that's enough."

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