Clint Eastwood is a man of action, and not just on the screen. That was clear to songwriter Carole Bayer Sager when she picked up the phone a few months ago and Eastwood was on the line, calling from his car. After some chitchat, he explained that he was scoring a new independent film, "Grace Is Gone," and wanted to know if Sager would consider collaborating on a song.
"He said he wanted to come by and play it for me and I said yes, of course, I would be honored," Sager said. "I thought he meant he would come by some time that week, but he was at my house in 10 minutes."
That whirlwind kept spinning -- Sager wrote lyrics and while she was making a list of potential singers she found out that Eastwood had already picked jazz-inflected British singer Jamie Cullum to cut the record. Eastwood had also decided that the first take was just fine. "I think Jamie wanted to try a few more times, but, well, Clint's process is very much about the moment."
The result was a Golden Globe nomination Thursday for "Grace Is Gone" for song of the year, the 10th time Sager's name has been called out in that category. She's won twice, most memorably as part of the team that penned "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from "Arthur" (1981), which also won an Oscar. It's Eastwood's second appearance in a Golden Globes music category (his score for 2004's "Million Dollar Baby" was nominated). He has won three in the director category and has been given two honorary Globes.