Well, the Academy Award nominees were announced on January 15th. They are: Our questions this week are all about songs that WON the Oscar for ‘Song of the Year’. We’ll narrow it down even further and keep our focus on the 1980’s and ‘90’s. Not too far back to remember now is it? So, let’s get started...may I have the envelope please
1. A male/female duo sang the Oscar winner for ‘Best Original Song’ in 1983. Sadly, the male singer passed away last December. The romantic movie starred Richard Gere and Deborah Winger (whatever happened to her career anyway?) and there were plenty of starched white navy uniforms in it as well. Do you know the name of this Academy Award winning song? Don’t look it UP now (HINT ALERT!)
2. A different male/female duo sang the Academy Award winning ‘Best Original Song’ in 1992. Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson sang the song, which climbed to # 9 on Billboards’ Hot 100 chart in April of 1992. It was from a Walt Disney animated feature featuring talking/singing teapots, candelabras and a tortured soul. What’s the name of this Academy Award winner?
3. 1989 was the year. The film was another animated feature from the Walt Disney organization that featured talking and singing crabs. In 1990, one of the songs from that feature won the Oscar for ‘Best Original Song’. If you know who wrote the answer to question # 2, then you’ll also know who wrote this Academy Award winning song. Think little for this one (HINT ALERT!)
4. The performer and co-writer of this Oscar winning ‘Best Original Song’ in 1995 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and has had nearly a dozen # 1 hits, including “Crocodile Rock”, Bennie And The Jets”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”. Once again, this was a Walt Disney animated feature (boy do they win awards). Some of the names of the characters in the feature are Simba, Scar, Pumbaa and Timon. The animated film takes place in Africa where all the animals talk. The movie was later turned into a six time Tony Award winning Broadway play that continues to play in New York. There are also several touring companies as well.
5. Another male/female duo recorded the Academy Award winning ‘Best Original Song’ in 1988. In fact, it was the same woman who sang the answer to Question # 1, although a different guy was singing with her this time. The male singer was a Righteous Brother. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey (with her old nose) starred in the movie. Can you name this Oscar winning song?
1. 1983 was the year that “Up Where We Belong” from the 1982 motion picture “An Officer And A Gentleman” won the Oscar for ‘Best Original Song’. The late Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes sang it. The music was composed by Jack Nitzsche (Phil Spector’s long time arranger) and Buffy Sainte-Marie (who were married at the time) with lyrics by Will Jennings. “Up Where We Belong” was # 1 for three weeks on Billboards’ Hot 100 chart, from November 6th until November 20th. It was also # 1 on Australian and Canadian charts. Jack Nitzsche was also nominated for an Academy Award in ’83 for his musical score for “An Officer And A Gentleman”, but lost to John Williams for “E.T.”.
2. Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson sang the Academy Award winner in 1992 for ‘Best Original Song’ – the theme from “Beauty And The Beast”. Alan Menken wrote the music and Howard Ashman wrote the lyrics for the songs in “Beauty And The Beast”. That year, the duo was nominated three times in the ‘Best Original Song’ category. Once for the winning theme song as well as “Belle” and “Be Our Guest”. Celine Dion also sang another Oscar winner in 1998 with “My Heart Will Go On” from James Cameron’s epic 1997 film “Titanic”. Peabo Bryson never did.
3. Disney’s 1989 animated feature, “The Little Mermaid” was the movie that featured the 1990 Academy Award winner for ‘Best Original Song”, “Under The Sea” with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman. Menken won a second Academy Award that March night in Los Angeles in 1990 when he grabbed the Oscar for ‘Best Original Score’, beating out John Williams, who was nominated twice in that category – once for the score to “Born On The Fourth of July” as well as the score for “Indiana Jones and The last Crusade”.
4. In 1995, Elton John wrote the music and sang the ‘Best Original Song’ Oscar winner. Fellow Brit Tim RIce wrote the lyrics. The song? “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from 1994’s “The Lion King”. EJ and Tim actually had great odds of winning in the ‘Best Original Song’ category because they were nominated three times and there were only five entries. Their three nominees were “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, “Circle of Life” as well as “Hakuna Matata”. “The Lion King” was honoured again that year when composer Hans Zimmer won the Academy Award for ‘Best Original Score’. “The Lion King” had an estimated budget of $45,000,000. So far, it has returned over $400,000,000. To the Disney coffers.
5. The 1988 ‘Best Original Song’ Oscar winner, “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” was sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (boy, this Oscar winner gets around). Medley was formerly one half of The Righteous Brothers with the late Bobby Hatfield and Jennifer sang the 1983 ‘Best Original Song’ Oscar, “Up Where We Belong” with the late Joe Cocker. The movie the song was from was “Dirty Dancing”. 1988 was also the year Michael Douglas won the Oscar as ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role” for ”Wall Street” and Cher won ‘Best Actress In A Leading Role’ for her performance in “Moonstruck”.