Don’t mess with a classic! That’s how 75% of our readers voted when we asked them to name whose rendition of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” title song is better. Angela Lansbury‘s 1991 version far out-ranked Emma Thompson‘s new 2017 tune, with 75% compared to only 25%. Do you agree with these three-to-one results from our “Beauty and the Beast” poll? Be sure to sound off down in the comments section.
Lansbury played Mrs. Potts in the 90s animated Disney film, a singing teapot who belts out “Beauty and the Beast” while Belle and her hirsute partner first dance the waltz in the castle’s elegant ballroom. Oscar viewers got to watch Lansbury sing a portion of the song at the 1992 ceremony, but fans of Thompson’s current version likely won’t get to see her at next year’s kudos.
Why? The Academy Awards only nominate songs that are original, and so the 26-year-old “Beauty and the Beast” song is no longer eligible for Oscar gold. However, there are three new songs that could easily contend for awards consideration: “Evermore,” “How Does A Moment Last Forever” and “Days in the Sun.” “Evermore” is currently our readers’ favorite new song.
As of this writing, the “Beauty and the Beast” live-action remake has earned $395 million domestically and $877 million worldwide. That boffo tally puts the current version far ahead of the 1991 animated Disney classic, which made $218 million domestically and $424 million worldwide, not accounting for inflation.
Oscar winner Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters”) directed the 2017 film that stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. Whose version of the “Beauty and the Beast” song do you like better: Angela Lansbury or Emma Thompson? Join the discussion now.