[WATCH] Prince Oscar acceptance speech: When ‘Purple Rain’ beat the Muppets 31 years ago

“This is very unbelievable. I could never have imagined this in my wildest dreams,” said Prince when he accepted the Oscar for Best Original Song Score from presenters Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in 1985. His “Purple Rain” music defeated “The Muppets Take Manhattan” by Jeff Moss and “Songwriter” by Kris Kristofferson. That was the last year this award was handed out to date.

Prince died on April 21 at age 57. He was just 26 when he won the academy’s top honor. That was his only trip to the Oscars despite later writing original music for films like “Batman” (1989) and “Happy Feet” (2006). The Muppets did eventually prevail, but it took them another 27 years: songwriter Bret McKenzie claimed Best Original Song for “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” in 2011.

Prince was one of many pop stars who won Oscars for branching out into film music. For instance, the Beatles also won Best Original Song Score for “Let it Be” in 1970. And in recent years, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor took Best Original Score for “The Social Network” (2010), while Best Original Song has gone to artists including Eminem (“Lose Yourself” from “8 Mile,” 2002), Adele (the title song from “Skyfall,” 2012) and Sam Smith (“The Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre,” 2015), to name just a few.

What did you think of Prince’s victory? Did he deserve to win for the iconic film, or should the Muppets have taken that Oscar?

2 thoughts on “[WATCH] Prince Oscar acceptance speech: When ‘Purple Rain’ beat the Muppets 31 years ago

  1. In hink this award was correct to be given to Prince,as well as it has being present in almost every very Prince’s performances and every time different and gorgeous version,which only Prince was able to do as an ARTIST…Rest in Paradise adorable Prince!We’ll never forget you,be present always in our lives

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with the above reply. Prince was and is a musical genius. I am still saddened by his passing. Having been a superfan since an early age, my life is defined in many moments by his music. Purple Rain is a defining album that will never be surpassed. Every song is magical. And, his hand is on EVERYTHING, the lyrics, vocals, instruments, etc. He, Luther, Whitney, Michael, and George Michael are now making heavenly music!! Rest in Peace Purple One. Feel blessed to have listened to your work through the years and look forward to hearing more greatness in the future.

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