2000-2011 Best Oscar Songs


In 2001 the Academy, saw the writing on the wall. It was a new Century another new decade and a newly created category; Best Animated Feature. One thing is for certain animated movies are here to stay. There is no longer a studio system to keep actors busy. Animated features seem to fill the bill. Animated features keep working actors working.
Best songs for the decade introduced two rap songs, Lose Yourself by Eminem and It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp by Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman, Paul Beauregard.
Innovation, modernization, new technologies it all began in 20th century Hollywood and is carried on into the 21st century Hollywood. What goes around comes around and movies definitely have returned back to where they began. Sex, drugs, music, forbidden topics and Silent movies (Best Picture of the Year 2011 The Artist).
2000-2011 Best Songs
2000 Things Have Changed from the movie Wonder Boys Scott Rudin/Curtis Hanson Production Paramount and Mutual Film Company. Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan.
2001 If I Didn’t Have You from Monsters Inc Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studios Production, Buena Vista. Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman.
2002 Lose Yourself from the film 8 Mile Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment Production, Universal. Music by Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto. Lyrics by Eminem
2003 Into the West from The Return of the King-Fran Walsh Howard Shore, Annie Lennox
2004 Al Otro Lado Del Rio from The Motorcycle Diaries – Jorge Drexler
2005 It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp from the movie Hustle & Flow – Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman, Paul Beauregard
2006 I Need to Wake Up from An Inconvenient Truth – Melissa Etheridge
2007 Falling Slowly from Once – Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová
2008 Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire – A.R. Rahman Music-Gulzar Lyrics
2009 The Weary Kind from Crazy Heart – Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett
2010 We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 – Randy Newman
2011 Man or Muppet from The Muppets – Bret McKenzie
2000-2011 Best Pictures
2000- Gladiator
2001- A Beautiful Mind
2002-Chicago
2003-Lord of the Rings:Return of the King
2004-Million Dollar Baby
2005-Crash
2006-The Departed
2007- No Country for Old Men
2008- Slumdog Millionaire
2009-Hurt Locker
2010-Kings Speech
2011-The Artist

John Williams ~ 1980’s


In the 1970’s John Williams Original Music Score Nominations for the Oscars enlivened ten memorable movies of the decade with three wins. In the 1980’s Williams was nominated for eleven movies with one win. All were unforgettable movies with remarkable music scores. Besides congratulations on this fantastic feat since this is John Williams Birth month we’ll also give him a shout out for a belated (February 8, 1932) Happy Birthday!
1980’s John Williams – Nominations/Win Original Music Score
1980 Empire Strikes Back, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lucasfilm, Paramount
*1982 E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial – Universal
1983 Return of the Jedi, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Lucasfilm, Paramount
1984 The River, Universal
1987 Empire of the Sun, Warner Brothers
1987 Witches of Eastwick, Warner Brothers
1988 Accidental Tourist, Warner Brothers
1989 Born on the Fourth of July, A. Kitman Ho & Ixtlan, Universal
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lucasfilm, Paramount
1980-1989 Best Oscar Songs
1980 Fame, from the movie Fame MGM Music by Michael Gore Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
1981 Arthur’s Theme from the movie Arthur – Arthur, Rollins, Joffe, Morra and Brezner, Orion Music and Lyrics by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen.
1982 Up Where We Belong from the movie Officer and a Gentleman-Lorimar Elfand, Paramount. Music by Jack Nitzsche and Buffy Sainte -. Lyrics by Will Jennings
1983 Flashdance…What a Feeling from the movie Flashdance, Polygram, Paramount. Music by Giorgio Moroder Lyrics by Keith Forsey and Irene Cara
1984 I just Called to Say I Love You from the movie The woman In Red Orion. Music and Lyrics by Stevie Wonder
1985 Say You Say Me from the movie White Nights, Columbia. Music and Lyrics by Lional Richie
1986 Take My Breath Away from the movie Top Gun Simpson/Bruckheimer, Paramount. Music by Giorgio Moroder Lyrics by Tom Whitlock.
1987 The Time of my Life from the movie Dirty Dancing Vestron. Music by Franke Previte, John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz. Lyrics by Franke Previte.
1988 Let the River Run from the movie Working Girl 20th Century Fox. Music and Lyrics by Carly Simon
1989 Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid Walt Disney Pictures with Silver Screen Partners IV, Buena Vista. Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman.

Best Oscar Songs of the Sixties


Some of the most memorable Best Oscar winning or Oscar nominated songs of the sixties were written by the teams of: Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer, Burt Bacharach/Hal David and James Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn.
I’m sure you recognize all of these songs:
Best Songs 1960-1969
1960 Never on Sunday from the movie Never on Sunday Melinafilm, Lopert Pictures music and lyrics by Manos Hadjidakis
1961 Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s Paramount music by Henry Mancini Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
1962 Days of Wine and Roses from Days of Wine and Roses Warner Brothers, Music by Henry Mancini Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
1963 Call Me Irresponsible from Papa’s Delicate Condition Paramount Music by James Van Heusen, Lyrics by Sammy Cahn.
1964 Chim Chim Cher-ee from Mary Poppins, Disney. Music by Richard M Sherman lyrics by Robert B Sherman
1965 The Shadow of Your Smile from The Sandpipers MGM Music by Johnny Mandel Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
1966 Born Free from the movie Born Free Columbia. Music by John Barry. Lyrics by Don Black.
1967 Talk to the Animals from Doctor Doolittle. Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
1968 The Windmills of Your Mind The Thomas Crown Affair UA Music by Michel Legrand Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman
1969 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Music by Burt Bacharach Lyrics by Hal David

In 1960 a Special Award was given to Hayley Mills for the movie Pollyanna, for the most outstanding juvenile performance during 1960. This was the twelfth and last juvenile performer to receive a Miniature Statuette Hayley’s award was presented to her by the first recipient– Shirley Temple.
1962 was the first year an under 18 year old actor was allowed to compete in the regular nominating process. Sixteen year old Patty Duke won Best Supporting Actress for The Miracle Worker. Nine year old Mary Badham was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for To Kill a Mockingbird.

Fiddler on the Roof


Fiddler on the Roof, a powerful yet beautiful film, Israeli actor Topol (35 at the time) is brilliant as Tevye the father of five daughters that lived in a small simple village in Russia during turbulent times at the turn of the last century.

From the opening strains of music in this film we slowly grow to love the characters, and it is difficult at the end of the film to see them being forced to make a Distant Journey. What will happen to them? What will become of them? Will they ever see each other again? One hundred years later people no matter what ethnicity are still being forced to make distant journeys, evidently history has not taught us anything…can’t we all just learn to get along?

This film was nominated in seven categories: Topol, Best Actor; Leonard Frey, Best Supporting Actor; Norman Jewison, Director; and Set Direction. The movie received the Oscar in three categories: Sound, Cinematography, and John Williams received the Oscar for Adaption and Original song score. The lyricists Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Boch are responsible for the song lyrics that move the storyline ahead and once started we just can’t get the words and music out of our heads: Tradition, Matchmaker, If I were a Rich Man, Sabbath Prayer, To Life, Miracle of Miracles, Tevye’s Dream, Sunrise Sunset, Do You Love Me, Far From the Home I love; Little Bird, Little Chavela; Anatevka.

Olivia de Havilland Oscar Reunion 2002


We all attend some kind of reunion at one point or another in our life, family, friends or school. What a star studded get together there was for the 75th Anniversary year of the Oscars in 2002. Fifty-nine Oscar recipients all on stage and who better to present them but two time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland.
Dame Julie Andrews, Kathy Bates, Halle Barry, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Nickolas Cage, Sir Michael Caine, George Chakiris, Jennifer Connelly, Sir Sean Connery, Geena Davis, Daniel Day Lewis, Olivia de Havilland, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Louise Fletcher, Brenda Fricker, Cuba Gooding Jr., Louis Gossett Jr., Joel Grey, Tom Hanks, Marsha Gay Harden, Dustin Hoffman, Celeste Holm, Anjelica Houston, Claude Jarmin Jr., Jennifer Jones, Shirley Jones, George Kennedy, Sir Ben Kingsley, Martin Landau, Cloris Leachman, Karl Maldon, Marlee Matlin, Hayley Mills, Rita Moreno, Patricia Neal, Jack Nicholson, Margaret O’Brian, Tatum O’Neal, Jack Palance, Luise Rainer, Julia Roberts, Cliff Robertson, Mickey Rooney, Eva Marie Saint, Susan Sarandon, Maximillian Schell, Mira Sorvino, Cissy Spacek, Mary Steenbergen, Meryl Streep, Barbara Streisand, Hillary Swank, Jon Voight, Christopher Walken, Denzel Washington, Teresa Wright.

Newest from the year 2002: Peter O’Toole, Catherine Zeta Jones, Chris Cooper, Nichole Kidman, Adrian Brody.

Gregory Peck Academy President 1967


Sometimes the Oscar show is rescheduled due to a National Tragedy which happened April 10, 1968.
The assassination of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968 shocked the nation. The Oscars were programed for April 8th but due to Dr. King’s funeral the show went on, only a couple of days later. Gregory Peck the President of the Academy for 1968 spoke eloquently about ‘the fateful week in the history of our nation’, how ‘we must unite in compassion in order to survive’ and to ‘continue to celebrate in film the dignity of man’. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night two movies out of five dealing with thought provoking issues of racial understanding garnered ten nominations for Dinner with two wins and seven nominations for Night with four wins.
There was a time in the 60’s when nominees tried to get out of attending this award night for various reasons. For 1967 Gregory Peck twisted arms to make sure people showed up. The only nominees that did not attend that year were Katherine Hepburn (who won for Best Actress) because she was in France filming the Mad Woman of Chaillot and Spencer Tracy who had been nominated posthumously. In the Heat of the Night was honored as Best Picture. In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner were both honored for their Screenplay’s one adapted one original.