59326607Just realized this: the musician who co-wrote “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart”–which has won the Critics Choice and Golden Globe for Best Song–is named Ryan Bingham.

It’s a little confusing because George Clooney’s character’s name from “Up in the Air” is…Ryan Bingham.’ That must be an Oscar first, as Clooney’s main rival for Best Actor is Jeff Bridges, who sings the song in “Crazy Heart.”

At least Clooney has a name in “Up in the Air.” In “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” he’s just “Mr. Fox.” He has no first name. His wife’s name is Felicity (played by Meryl Streep).

And ironically Clooney must be the Weary Kind at this point, what with putting on Friday’s telethon!

The real Ryan Bingham missed getting his Golden Globe on Sunday. He was at the bar, talking to a friend. Co-writer T Bone Burnett accepted solo. If he does that again, either Maury Yeston or Paul McCartney is going to jump up and grab the Oscar!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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