Oscar Season’s Hottest Name: Ryan Bingham

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Ryan Bingham Photo: Courtesy of Paramount

Here's something we expect to confuse us a bunch this Oscar season: The name of George Clooney's character in Jason Reitman's Best Picture–contending Up in the Air is Ryan Bingham. Also named Ryan Bingham: the writer and singer of "Weary Kind," a Best Original Song candidate from Crazy Heart, the movie for which Jeff Bridges will presumably win a Best Actor statue. In Contention has a nice video of Ryan Bingham — the songwriter who is not played by George Clooney — performing "Kind." [In Contention]