Three 6 Mafia Gets Oscar Nod

The 78th Academy

Awards were announced Monday (Jan. 30) in Beverly Hills, California and Hip-Hop

received a fair share of nods, some expected and others surprising.

Three 6 Mafia,

mostly known for an underground sensibility, was nominated for an Original song

Oscar for their Terrence Howard-executed song "It's Hard Out Here For A

Pimp” from Hustle & Flow.

Hustle &

Flow is a film that centers on a Memphis, Tennessee pimp that turns to rap

music in an attempt to escape the street life.

"We [are]

just happy as hell," DJ Paul told "We knew they said

it might be nominated, but we didn't think it would be. It's good to find out

it's true."

DJ Paul said he

was honored to part of a legacy of Memphis history in the music business. "This

is just a step further to the roads of Hollywood that we've been traveling since

our first movie, Choices I."

Others nominated

for an Original Song Oscar include "In The Deep" from Crash

and "Travelin' Thru" from Transamerica.

The Academy also

nominated Terrence Howard for Best Performance for his role in the film Hustle

& Flow.

Howard faces hefty

competition from Heath Ledger, star of the year's most nominated film Brokeback

Mountain, Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line, Philip Seymour Hoffman

in Capote and David Strathairn in Good Night and Good Luck.

Ludacris, who stars

in Hustle & Flow, also has a role in the movie Crash, which

was nominated for Best Picture by the Oscar committee. Luda and the cast of

Crash received a Screen Actors Guild Award Sunday for Outstanding Performance

by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

The Academy Awards

air live on Sunday (Mar. 5) at the Kodak Theatre and will be televised by the

ABC Television Network.