News: Nas Aims To Body Oscar Competition, Rapper's "Mike Tyson" Tribute Up For Award

Friday, Dec 18, 2009 4:10PM

Written by Biz Jones

Nas' musical contribution to retired boxer Mike Tyson's documentary, Tyson, has been nominated for an Oscar.

According to reports, Nas will face-off against 62 other possible contenders.

On Jan. 12, 2010, the Academy will screen 63 contenders for the Original Song category, including Nas' "Legendary." God's Son will have some stiff competition, though. Among some of the potential nominees are South African boy band Overtone's "Colorblind" in the Clint Eastwood directed Invictus, actress Kate Hudson's "Cinema Italiano" in Rob Marshall's musical Nine and Karen O and The Kids for Spike Jonze's big-screen take on Where the Wild Things Are. The chosen nominees will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT from the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Academy Awards for the outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be given on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre. (VIBE)

The film received fairly positive reviews upon its release to theaters earlier this year.

"To his credit, Mike comes off as incredibly honest and forthcoming," reveiwer Peter Scrietta wrote last January. "And we get stories about how the boxer contracted gonorrhea from a prostitute before a championship fight and how he likes to woo strong women, CEO types, and dominate them in the bed room. We also get commentary on some of his fights, giving us a look into the skill and psychology." (Slash Film)

Tyson's documentary primarily focused on his rise to stardom from the boxing ring.

Tyson is acclaimed indie director James Toback's stylistically inventive portrait of a mesmerizing Mike Tyson. Toback allows Tyson to reveal himself without inhibition and with eloquence and a pervasive vulnerability. Through a mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs, a startlingly complex, fully-rounded human being emerges. The film ranges from Tyson's earliest memories of growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn through his entry into the world of boxing, to his rollercoaster ride in the funhouse of worldwide fame and fortunes won and lost. It is the story of a legendary and uniquely controversial international athletic icon, a figure conjuring radical questions of race and class. (Sony Classics)

If able to secure the win, Nas will follow in the steps of artists like Three 6 Mafia and Eminem who have already won Oscars.

Rap star Eminem won the Academy Award for best movie theme song on Sunday for "Lose Yourself" from his semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile. Eminem's hit anthem beat out entries from music luminaries U2, Paul Simon and songs from the films "Chicago" and "Frida."Luis Resto, one of the co-writers of the song, accepted the Oscar on behalf of Eminem, who won critical acclaim for his portrayal of an up-and-coming rapper struggling to make it out Detroit's mean streets. (Stars We Love)

Check out Nas' "Legendary (Mike Tyson)" track below:

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