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Grammy Nods

This year's Grammy Awards nominees for best recordings of the past year (technically, October 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999) include a nomination for the audiobook of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, read by Jim Dale* (Listening Library), in the category ''Best Spoken Word Album for Children'' (Category 67 out of a total 98). The audio version of Rowling's popular fantasy novel is competing against Bill Harley's The Battle of the Mad Scientists and Other Tales of Survival (Round River Records), A Bug's Life Read-Along (Walt Disney Records), and two others.

The soundtrack categories are dominated by nominations of SF/F/H films. Category 71, ''Best Soundtrack Album'', pits Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Matrix, The Prince of Egypt, and Tarzan against American Beauty. Category 72, ''Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media'' includes nominations for John Williams' score for Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and Randy Newman's score for A Bug's Life. And Category 73, ''Best Song Written for a Motion Picture [etc.]'', includes song nominations from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Prince of Egypt, A Bug's Life, and Tarzan.

Nominees were announced Tuesday, January 4. Winners will be announced February 23 in a televised ceremony from Los Angeles.

* Not to be confused with the Stephen Fry reading of the UK version, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

§ Chicago Sun-Times, December 30, 1999
Roger Ebert's most influential films of the 1900s (not, he cautions, to be confused with a selection of the century's best) include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Star Wars, Toy Story, and The Blair Witch Project.

§ Slate, December 28, 1999
A Plot Holes feature by Stephen Harrigan identifies lapses in End of Days and other millennial movies.

(Fri 7 Jan 2000)
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