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  • GusCruz
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    #602349

    Young and Beautiful comes to mind. 

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    Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga worked on a song together for his new film, the adaptation of his children’s book High in the Clouds, thankfully he will release that one as the single and they both could get a very deserving win after criminally losing in their respective years.

    I am just now reading this and, ugh, I can’t believe I’m going to have to root against Paul, whom I love, to stop Gaga once again. It’s funny how Gaga needs to work with other overdue artists in her hunger for the Oscar.
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    gurl he reached to her, not her fault 
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    thanks, now I’ll be less upset for Paul when Gaga loses again – it’s his fault

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Keeping in mind that I’m a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen, “Streets of Philadelphia” is easily at the top of the winners for me. Many of the iconic Disney songs are great, my favourite among those being “When You Wish Upon a Star”. I’ll also say that “Man or Muppet” was one of my favourite wins in any category this decade so far, because I felt it just represented a win for all the songs in the film (much like “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”).

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    WINNERS TOP 20

     

    1. Over the Rainbow, The Wizard of Oz

    2. Moon River, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

    3. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    4. I’m Easy,
    Nashville

    5. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Song of the South

    6. The Way You Look Tonight, Swing Time

    7. Take My Breath Away, Top Gun

    8. When You Wish Upon a Star, Pinocchio

    9. Live and Let Die, Live and Let Die

    10. Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be), The
    Man Who Knew Too Much
     


    11. Thanks for the Memory, The Big Broadcast of 1938

    12. Skyfall, Skyfall

    13. Streets of Philadelphia, Philadelphia

    14. Chim Chim Cheree, Mary Poppins

    15. Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Love Is a Many Splendored
    Thing

    16. White Christmas, Holiday Inn

    17. Glory, Selma

    18. Let It Go, Frozen

    19. Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Lion King

    20. Lose Yourself, 8 Mile

     

    NOMINEES TOP 10

     

    1. Cheek to Cheek, Top Hat

    2. I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Born to Dance

    3. I Fall in Love Too Easily, Anchors Aweigh

    4. They Can’t Take That Away from Me, Shall We Dance

    5. Happy, Despicable Me 2

    6. I Have Nothing, Bodyguard

    7. That’s Amore, The Caddy

    8. Unchained Melody, Unchained

    9. Everything Is Awesome, The Lego Movie

    10. Travellin’ Thru, Transamerica

     

    WINNERS & NOMINEES COMBINED BOTTOM 10 (worst to least bad)

     

    1. It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp, Hustle & Flow

    2. When You Belive, The Prince of Egypt

    3. Gigi, Gigi

    4. My Heart Will Go On, Titanic

    5. Written on the Wind, Written on the Wind

    6. Everything I Do I Do It for You, Robin Hood: the Prince of
    Thieves

    7. Funny Girl, Funny Girl

    8. Take It All, Nine

    9. Eye of the Tiger, Rocky III

    10. Papa, Can Your Hear Me?, Yentl

     

    RANDOM SNUBS (chronologically)


    Good Morning, Babes in Arms

    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meet Me in St Louis

    How Little We Know, To Have and Have Not

    Put the Blame on Mame, Gilda

    The River of No Return, The River of No Return

    Theme from New York, New York, New York, New York

    Beautiful Stranger, Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me

    Young and Beautiful, The Great Gatsby

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    Michael Norris
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    It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp won over Travelin’ Thru.

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    While it is hard to fault any selection celebrating the great Jule Styne, I disagree with your choice.

    With nine or ten Best Song nominations for the noted composer, Styne’s “Who Am I” is a pleasant enough piece of music from his songbook. I have to say it is a treasure better suited to a New York cabaret than a compilation of the best Oscar soundtracks. In particular, it lacks merit when held against the gold standard of “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

    The theme from Pinocchio speaks directly to audiences of 1940 who faced loss of loved ones in an imminent second World War and questioned the futures for their children. It is a song when heard more than seven decades from initial release evokes images from the film and transports the listener to a sense of childhood wonder. It is an iconic movie treasure.

    I respect that and again, it was a tough call for me. I’d just never heard “Who Am I” before and was truly blown away by Langford’s vocal performance, plus the orchestrations. And I do tend to be a sucker for Jule Styne’s work – “Bells Are Ringing” is my all-time favorite musical (even though the movie is kinda blah).

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    It remains a tremendous loss that the proposed film with Judy Garland as Mama Rose and Liza Minnelli as Gypsy Rose Lee never was filmed.

    For sure. Not a fan of the overlong, overbaked Rosalind Russell-Natalie Wood picture.

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    It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp won over Travelin’ Thru.

    Ever so true – what a shameful mistake but corrected now!

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John is one of my favourite songs ever.

    I'm not perfect, but I keep trying.

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    Just a heads-up, everyone, that I have (at last!) finished reviewing all 82 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars…only took about half a year to get through it all. Here is my final ranking of all of the winners…

    1. “Over the Rainbow,” The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    2. “The Way You Look Tonight,” Swing Time (1936)
    3. “Streets of Philadelphia,” Philadelphia (1993)
    4. “Lose Yourself,” 8 Mile (2002)
    5. “High Hopes,” A Hole in the Head (1959)
    6. “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera),” The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
    7. “Mona Lisa,” Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1950)
    8. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” Neptune’s Daughter (1949)
    9. “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life,” Dirty Dancing (1987)
    10. “The Windmills of Your Mind,” The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
    11. “The Way We Were,” The Way We Were (1973)
    12. “Let the River Run,” Working Girl (1988)
    13. “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    14. “Under the Sea,” The Little Mermaid (1989)
    15. “High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, On My Darlin’),” High Noon (1952)
    16. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” The Lion King (1994)
    17. “Beauty and the Beast,” Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    18. “I’m Easy,” Nashville (1975)
    19. “You’ll Never Know,” Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943)
    20. “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” The Harvey Girls (1946)
    21. “Fame,” Fame (1980)
    22. “Theme from Shaft,” Shaft (1971)
    23. “Secret Love,” Calamity Jane (1953)
    24. “White Christmas,” Holiday Inn (1942)
    25. “Moon River,” Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
    26. “Take My Breath Away,” Top Gun (1986)
    27. “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Pinocchio (1940)
    28. “Thanks for the Memory,” The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)
    29. “Lullaby of Broadway,” Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
    30. “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” Song of the South (1947)
    31. “A Whole New World,” Aladdin (1992)
    32. “My Heart Will Go On,” Titanic (1997)
    33. “Let It Go,” Frozen (2013)
    34. “Flashdance…What a Feeling,” Flashdance (1983)
    35. “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” Arthur (1981)
    36. “I Need to Wake Up,” An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
    37. “Last Dance,” Thank God It’s Friday (1978)
    38. “Colors of the Wind,” Pocahontas (1995)
    39. “Falling Slowly,” Once (2007)
    40. “You Must Love Me,” Evita (1996)
    41. “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man),” Dick Tracy (1990)
    42. “Days of Wine and Roses,” Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
    43. “For All We Know,” Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)
    44. “All the Way,” The Joker Is Wild (1957)
    45. “It Might As Well Be Spring,” State Fair (1945)
    46. “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” Lady Be Good (1941)
    47. “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening,” Here Comes the Groom (1951)
    48. “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing,” Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
    49. “Skyfall,” Skyfall (2012)
    50. “The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart (2009)
    51. “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” Hustle & Flow (2005)
    52. “It Goes Like It Goes,” Norma Rae (1979)
    53. “Born Free,” Born Free (1966)
    54. “Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre (2015)
    55. “Never on Sunday,” Never on Sunday (1960)
    56. “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” The Woman in Red (1984)
    57. “Up Where We Belong,” An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
    58. “Three Coins in the Fountain,” Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
    59. “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” Mary Poppins (1964)
    60. “Call Me Irresponsible,” Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963)
    61. “Evergreen (Theme from A Star Is Born),” A Star Is Born (1976)
    62. “Al otro lado del río,” The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
    63. “Things Have Changed,” Wonder Boys (2000)
    64. “Swinging on a Star,” Going My Way (1944)
    65. “Into the West,” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    66. “Glory,” Selma (2014)
    67. “Man or Muppet,” The Muppets (2011)
    68. “We Belong Together,” Toy Story 3 (2010)
    69. “Jai Ho,” Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    70. “If I Didn’t Have You,” Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    71. “You’ll Be in My Heart,” Tarzan (1999)
    72. “You Light Up My Life,” You Light Up My Life (1977)
    73. “Gigi,” Gigi (1958)
    74. “The Continental,” The Gay Divorcee (1934)
    75. “Sweet Leilani,” Waikiki Wedding (1937)
    76. “Buttons and Bows,” The Paleface (1948)
    77. “Talk to the Animals,” Doctor Dolittle (1967)
    78. “The Shadow of Your Smile,” The Sandpiper (1965)
    79. “When You Believe,” The Prince of Egypt (1998)
    80. “Say You, Say Me,” White Nights (1985)
    81. “The Morning After,” The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
    82. “We May Never Love Like This Again,” The Towering Inferno (1974)

    Reviews of each category can be conveniently found here, right on my blog. Tomorrow, I’ll be posting on there some final thoughts and my picks for both the greatest non-winners in the category and most egregiously snubbed songs. Enjoy and of course feel free to comment! 🙂

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    Emil Petrov
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    For me the best were:
    “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic (1997)

    Worst is:
    “Into the West” from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

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    Yeah, much as I love Annie Lennox, “Into the West” is a bit of a dud. I’m all about “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” from that line-up.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (2015) – Someday, Diane Warren, You’ll Get This

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    RBBrittain
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    The OP previously questioned the lack of other Wizard of Oz nominees besides “Over the Rainbow”. I’m pretty sure it was a rules issue, and not just one nominee per studio (though that was an issue back then); no film managed multiple BOS nominations until Fame in 1980. If the rules allowed it at the time, I’m sure there would have been other nommed songs from Mary Poppins besides “Chim Chim Cher-ee”.

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    RBBrittain
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    Oh, and there was yet ANOTHER snubbed song in 1977 in addition to “Theme from New York, New York” AND almost the entire Saturday Night Fever soundtrack (it did have a few non-original songs) — perhaps hurt by its appearing in the Muhammad Ali biopic The Greatest (Exhibit A for why someone should NEVER appear in their own biopic, especially after Will Smith’s later Oscar-nommed turn in Ali). But then just like Liza’s work wasn’t noticed till Sinatra made it famous, George Benson’s version of “The Greatest Love of All” wasn’t really thought of till Whitney Houston memorably covered it (without “The”) in the 1980’s. (Alas, when Whitney covered “You Light Up My Life” in 2002 she only confirmed how bad that song really is.)

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    Bee
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    I was so happy when It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp won lmaoooo. People in the audience were mad and confused. Don’t know why that’s considered a bad winner when there is shit like Let It Go and Writing’s on the Wall.

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