1989~1999 Best Oscar Songs

Hmmm definitely a new decade, seven of the ten Best Songs chosen for Oscars are songs from animated film. Beauty and the Beast was nominated for Best picture in 1991. There were eighteen other nominations mostly for song or musical score. Best Score for a musical or comedy went to five animated movies. At the beginning of the decade there were only a couple of well-known actors or actresses voices appearing in these movies, by the end of the decade there was a plethora of them. The Academy presented a Special Achievement Award to John Lasseter for his inspired leadership of the Pixar Toy Story team, resulting in the first feature-length computer animated film.
Animated films that received nominations or took home the Oscar: 1989 -The Little Mermaid, 1991-Beauty and the Beast, 1992 -Aladdin,1994-The Lion King, 1995- Pocahontas, 1995-Toy Story, 1996-Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996-James and the Giant Peach, 1997-Hercules, 1997-Anastasia,1998-A Bug’s Life, 1998-Mulan, 1998-Prince of Egypt, 1999-Tarzan and Toy Story 2.
1989-1999 Best Songs
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.
1990 Sooner or Later from the film Dick Tracy Touchstone Pictures Buena Vista Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
1991 Beauty and the Beast from the film Beauty and the Beast Walt Disney Pictures, Buena Vista. Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman
1992 A Whole New World from the film Aladdin Walt Disney Pictures, Buena Vista. Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Tim Rice
1993 Streets of Philadelphia from the movie Philadelphia TriStar. Music and Lyrics by Bruce Springsteen.
1994 Can You Feel the Love Tonight from the movie Lion King Disney Buena Vista. Music by Elton John Lyrics by Tim Rice
1995 Colors of the Wind from the film Pocahontas Disney Buena Vista. Music by Alan Menken lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
1996 You Must Love Me from the movie Evita Hollywood Pictures/Cinergi Pictures Buena Vista Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics by Tim Rice.
1997 My Heart Will Go On from the movie Titanic Lightstorm entertainment 20th Century fox and Paramount. Music by James Horner Lyrics by Will Jennings.
1998 When You Believe from The Prince of Egypt Dream Works SKG Production Dream Works. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
1999 You’ll Be in My Heart from the film Tarzan Walt Disney Pictures Production Buena Vista Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins.

Happy Birthday Leslie


August 16, 1946  Leslie Ann Warren
Playing the naïve daughter in Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire, Leslie Ann Warren depicts the awkwardness of the Teen Girl with such sincerity, you almost wonder if in this, her first big movie role, she wasn’t really going through all that angst right on the screen. Opposite the delicious John Davidson Leslie doesn’t have a chance. But it’s the transformation of her character in this film, that really begins to prove her worth as an actress. She goes from un-sure and insecure to a determined young woman, willing to take on adventure with her man. At the height of her fame, Leslie also took on a role as the eldest princess in Shelley Duvall’s The Dancing Princess. If anyone out there remembers Faerie Tale Theater, Duvall actually recruited all the big stars of the day- Robin Williams played the Frog Prince, Matthew Broderick played Prince Charming, Bernadette Peters played Sleeping Beauty with Christopher Reeve. If you haven’t seen these fun fairy tale gems, maybe it’s time to do so. Leslie is absolutely believable as the “knows what she wants” oldest daughter.

Happy Birthday Leslie!