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  • IrinaOma16
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    I’m really shocked how many times they ignored her well-deserved nominations. My list is this:

    1. Crazy For You (from “Vision Quest” 1985) – usually claimed as one of the greatest LOVE songs

    2. Live to Tell (from “At Close Range” 1986) – brilliant movie with no less brilliant soundtrack

    3. Who’s That Girl or The Look of Love (from “Who’s That Girl” 1987)

    4. This Used to Be My Playground (from “A League of Their Own” 1992) – this one is my biggest complaint! The song is a masterpiece

    5. I’ll Remember (from “With Honors” 1994) – another beautiful song

    6. Time Stood Still (from “The Next Best Thing” 2000) – criminally underrated and overlooked track

    7. Masterpiece (from “W.E.” 2011)

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    Alex Meyer
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    “Masterpiece” was a terrible song. How it won the Golden Globe, I’ll never know. Thank God it was disqualified from Oscar consideration.

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    IrinaOma16
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    I don’t think so

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    Foolio
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    Time Stood Still, while indeed a gem of a track, is from such a shitty movie that I don’t blame the Academy for not paying attention, and Look of Love and Masterpiece are mediocre songs from mediocre films.

    Them aside, I agree with your choices as well as the overall notion that she would have deserved to be nominated many times over.

    To add to your list, I would have nominated Beautiful Stranger from the first Austin Powers film without any hesitation.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Some of those songs were not elegible.

    -From Live To Tell’s Wikipedia page: Originally composed by Patrick Leonard for the score of the film Fire with Fire, the instrumental was shown to Madonna, who decided to use it for then-husband Sean Penn’s film At Close Range. This alone makes it inelegible. It’s a great song though.

    -Masterpiece wasn’t elegible.

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    -Crazy for You is a terrific song. Apparently it was specifically written for Vision Quest. One of her best. She wouldn’t have been nominated as she didn’t write it. The 80s were tough, some amazing songs were released for soundtracks. However 1985 wasn’t one of those years. So maybe it ended up close.

    -Who’s that Girl makes sense as an 80’s nominee. Don’t know why it wasn’t included.

    -This Used to Be My Playground, should’ve been nominated. Fucking fantastic song, very popular film. But this was 1992 with 2 songs from Aladdin and 2 from The Bodyguard, plus a song from The Mambo Kings as the one I would’ve replaced. Very hard category.

    -I’ll Remember had to be close to getting that nomination. But this year we had 3 Lion King Songs, and 2 songs by Randy Newman and a team made up of regulars of this category.

    -The Next Best Thing was a HUGE flop. Very much discussed back then as a flop. And it also had issues with the bad press she got for releasing American Pie. I doubt anybody would’ve voted for this song that I don’t think many people even know, from a movie nobody watched.

    It’s crazy that one of her more popular songs, very well known to have been written specifically for a film, a VERY popular film, is missing from your list: Beautiful Stranger. I don’t know if I would’ve nominated it, but it’s weird that it isn’t there.

    She also qualified with Die Another Day, by the way.

    She should be a two or three time nominee by now between Playground, Beautiful Stranger, I’ll Remember and Who’s That Girl. And Crazy For You is amazing too and would’ve been a worthy nominee.

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    IrinaOma16
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    Thanks for your reply. I know, some of those songs were not elegible but I couldn’t help myself and wanted to mention them. I do agree with “Live to Tell” but I will never supported academics with “Masterpiece” – you can hear it in the final credits. It must have been elegible.

    Believe me, I’m a huge fan of “Die Another Day” and “Beautiful Stranger” but I think both songs had NO chance from the start. Academics do not nominate dance/pop songs like that plus that was MADONNA, the most hated woman by academics. This is the reason why I didn’t include DAD and BS to my original list

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    Xtina
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    Honey, none of those songs deserved an Oscar nomination.

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    circa 1993
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    Most of those songs are freakin’ classics! Madonna has one of the best discographies of all-time. “Crazy for You” is definitely one of her best singles ever.

    Of those listed songs, “I’ll Remember” and “This Used to Be My Playground” deserved nominations.

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    “I’ll Remember” had Oscar written all over it. It’s probably the most egregious of Madonna’s Oscar snubs. I’m also partial to “Crazy for You,” “Beautiful Stranger” (guilty pleasure song), and “Die Another Day”, which was a badass Bond song that the world wasn’t quite ready for at the time. It’s pretty atrocious that “Writing’s on the Wall” could win this but “Die Another Day” wasn’t even nominated.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    but I will never supported academics with “Masterpiece” – you can hear it in the final credits. It must have been elegible.

    It was the second song played during the credits. Rules say it must be the first one if its not going to be played during the film. Being the second one makes it less important, less part of the film. The rule makes sense for this already sort of unnecessary category.

    I don’t really get how this happened. You direct the film, you write a song for it but decide put yourself late in the credits?

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    Alex Meyer
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    Wasn’t “Vogue” originally released on the Dick Tracy soundtrack?

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    ^it was but “Vogue” was written/intended to be the B-side on “Keep It Together” from the Like a Prayer album. Only after the folks over at Warner Bros. listened to the track and loved it was it moved over to Dick Tracy and, because it wasn’t composed specifically for the picture, it was ineligible for Oscar consideration.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Wasn’t “Vogue” originally released on the Dick Tracy soundtrack?

    The thing is, was it written for Dick Tracy? No. It doesn’t qualify. It’s inspired by Vogue dancers and according to Wikipedia it was quickly released as a B Side for a song from Like a Prayer’s final single, because she didn’t have a place to put it.

    She just came up with the song at a time when she didn’t have an upcoming album out, so she filled I’m Breathless with Dick Tracy songs and included Vogue as it was her only choice of an album at the moment. It was quickly included in The Immaculate Collection the same year where it made much more sense.

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    Alex Meyer
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    ^it was but “Vogue” was written/intended to be the B-side on “Keep It Together” from the Like a Prayer album. Only after the folks over at Warner Bros. listened to the track and loved it was it moved over to Dick Tracy and, because it wasn’t composed specifically for the picture, it was ineligible for Oscar consideration.

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    That’s a damn shame because “Vogue” would have been a very catchy Oscar nominee.

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    IrinaOma16
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    Vogue would be a great choice but this song doesn’t suit “Dick Tracy” at all. “I’m Breathless” is a jazzy soundtrack album while Vogue is dance/pop. The song doesn’t even belong to the actual album, she added it to raise the sales

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