The song “Jai Ho” earned an Oscar for the film Slumdog Millionaire at last night’s 81st Academy Awards. The song’s music was composed by A.R. Rahman, who also won an Oscar for original score for the same film.
Also nominated for best song was Peter Gabriel’s “Down to Earth” from the animated film Wall-E. It would have been cool to see Gabriel perform his song onstage, instead of having to sit through some of that other crap.
Let’s look at past winners and nominees…
One of my favorite composers, Henry Mancini has won four Oscars, out of eleven nominations. He won in 1962 with “Moon River” (with Johnny Mercer) and also for best score with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Mancini and Mercer also won the following year for “Days of Wine and Roses.” Then in 1983 Mancini won for best score with Victor/Victoria. I’m surprised he didn’t win for any of his Pink Panther films with Blake Edwards because the movies were so popular.
Some of my favorite females have scored big at the Oscars as well…
Melissa Etheridge won in 2006 with “I Need to Wake Up” from An Inconvenient Truth.
Annie Lennox won in 2003 with “Into the West” from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Carly Simon won in 1988 with “Let the River Run” from Working Girl.
Other notable winners from the past include…
Bob Dylan who won in 2000 with “Things Have Changed” from Wonder Boys.
Phil Collins who won in 1999 with “You’ll Be in My Heart” from the animated Disney version of Tarzan.
Bruce Springsteen who won in 1993 with “Streets of Philadelphia” from Philadelphia.
Stevie Wonder who won in 1984 with “I Just Called to Say I Love You” from The Woman in Red.
Isaac Hayes who won in 1971 with “Theme from Shaft” from Shaft.
Honorable Mention goes to Paul and Linda McCartney in 1973 who were nominated for their theme song “Live and Let Die” from the Bond movie of the same name. Alas, the Academy awarded the Oscar to Marvin Hamlisch for the theme to “The Way We Were.”
Of course, my all-time favorite Oscar win goes to Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison for “Let It Be.” It was selected by the Academy for Best Music, Original Song Score in 1970.
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Awards