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Michael McKean and Annette O'Toole Earn an Oscar Nod for "A Mighty Wind" Song

By Michael McKean and Annette O'Toole

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27, 2004 - Michael McKean and Annette O'Toole are two of the more recognizable actors working in Hollywood today, but now they've also been recognized as a songwriting duo with an Oscar(R) nomination for Best Original Song. In 2003, no song written for a motion picture played a larger or more pivotal role in its film than "A KISS AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW," composed by McKean and O'Toole for director Christopher Guest's latest comedy feature, "A Mighty Wind." "A KISS AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW" is a sweet love song laced, in the best folk music tradition, with hope, idealism and shades of melancholy.

McKean and O'Toole, who are also a married couple, co-wrote three of the songs featured in "A Mighty Wind," with Michael providing an additional seven compositions. The song that has captured Oscar(R)'s heart, however, is "A KISS AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW." The song is performed by Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara, who play 'Mitch & Mickey'; their heart-warming reunion and the song which exemplifies it, serve as the climax to the film. Now nominated for Best Original Song, "A KISS AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW" is destined to become both the movie's, and the songwriting duo's, biggest success story to date.

Michael McKean is a multi-talented actor, writer and director, best known for his role as 'Derek St Hubbins' in Rob Reiner's now legendary film "This is Spinal Tap." He has also made many memorable appearances, including his role in the 70's sitcom "Laverne and Shirley," as a regular on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, TRACEY TAKES ON and DREAM ON and can currently be seen on Martin Short's series PRIMETIME GLICK.

Annette O'Toole has been a successful actress for many years, with roles in such varied cinematic fare as "48 HRS," "Superman III" and "Stand by Your Man." She has also made many memorable television appearances, in such series as THE OUTER LIMITS and LAW & ORDER, and is currently receiving accolades in the role of Clark Kent's mother, Martha, in the hit action-adventure series, SMALLVILLE.

"A MIGHTY WIND: THE ALBUM" was released by DMZ/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax. DMZ Records was formed in 2002 by Oscar(R)-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen ("Fargo," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?") and multiple Grammy-winning recording artist/producer T Bone Burnett. "A Might Wind" is a 2003 Castle Rock Entertainment production, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, an AOL Time Warner Company.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
Interview with Michael McKean
"A Mighty Wind" Photo Gallery
"A Mighty Wind" Interviews, Trailer and Movie News

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