Oscars for Best Original Song

(aired 2/11/11)

Every film is enhanced with a score and a soundtrack. Whether or not the film has released a single for commercial purposes, music goes hand in hand with film. The 83rd Academy Awards will be at the end of this month on Sunday, February 27th. In celebration, we are reflecting on the history of winners in the category of Best Original Song, going in chronological order from the first year this award was given (1934) to the latest nominees for 2010.

Back in April of last year I featured Movie Soundtracks as a show theme. Now I think it’s an interesting study to see which songs in films have been honored with Academy awards over the years. Do the winners (and nominees) match what you’d judge as the top picks? To see a full list of the history of winners, as well as more information about this category, visit this page on Wikipedia.

Note: During this show I predicted that “Coming Home” from the Country Song movie would be the winner for this year’s awards. I’ve now shifted positions, and I think (hope) that A.R. Rahman’s “If I Rise” will get the Oscar. We’ll see!

  1. (1934) The Continental — Movie: The Gay Divorcee. Performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
  2. clip: (1936) The Way You Look Tonight — Movie: Swing Time. Performed by Frank Sinatra
  3. clip: (1939) Over the Rainbow — Movie: The Wizard of Oz. Performed by Judy Garland
  4. clip: (1940) When You Wish upon a Star — Movie: Pinocchio. Performed by Cliff Edwards
  5. (1946) On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe — Movie: The Harvey Girls. Performed by Judy Garland [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  6. (1948) Buttons and Bows — Movie: The Paleface. Performed by Dinah Shore
  7. (1956) Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Qué Será, Será) — Movie: The Man Who Knew Too Much. Performed by Doris Day and James Stewart [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  8. clip: (1958) Gigi — Movie: Gigi. Performed by Louis Jordan
  9. (1961) Moon River — Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Performed by Frank Sinatra [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  10. (1969) Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head — Movie: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Performed by B.J. Thomas [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  11. clip: (1964) Chim Chim Cher-ee — Movie: Mary Poppins. Performed by Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews
  12. (1970) For All We Know — Movie: Lovers and Other Strangers. Performed by The Carpenters [suggested by Julaine Morley]
  13. (1971) Theme from Shaft — Movie: Shaft. Performed by Isaac Hayes [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  14. (1979 nominee) The Rainbow Connection — Movie: The Muppet Movie. Performed by Kermit the Frog (Jim Hensen) [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  15. clip: (1983) Flashdance… What a Feeling — Movie: Flashdance. Performed by Irene Cara
  16. clip: (1980) Fame — Movie: Fame. Performed by Irene Cara
  17. (1984) I Just Called to Say I Love You — Movie: The Woman in Red. Performed by Stevie Wonder [suggested by Ray Morley]
  18. (1985 nominee) The Power of Love — Movie: Back to the Future. Performed by Huey Lewis and the News [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  19. (1993) Streets of Philadelphia — Movie: Philadelphia. Performed by Bruce Springsteen [suggested by Ray Morley]
  20. clip: (1992) A Whole New World — Movie: Aladdin. Performed by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga
  21. clip: (1994) Can You Feel the Love Tonight — Movie: The Lion King. Performed by Elton John
  22. clip: (1996) You Must Love Me — Movie: Evita. Performed by Madonna.
  23. (1999 nominee) Save Me — Movie: Magnolia. Performed by Aimee Mann
  24. clip: (2002) Lose Yourself — Movie: 8 Mile. Performed by Eminem
  25. clip: (2004) Al otro lado del río — Movie: The Motorcycle Diaries. Performed by Jorge Drexler
  26. (2005) It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp — Movie: Hustle & Flow. Performed by Three 6 Mafia
  27. (2007) Falling Slowly — Movie: Once. Performed by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
  28. clip: (2009) The Weary Kind — Movie: Crazy Heart. Performed by Ryan Bingham
  29. clip: (2008) Jai Ho — Movie: Slumdog Millionaire. Performed by A. R. Rahman, feat. Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah & Mahalaxmi Iyer
  30. (2010 nominee) I See the Light — Movie: Tangled. Performed by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi
  31. (2010 nominee) If I Rise — Movie: 127 Hours. Performed by Dido & A.R. Rahman
  32. (2010 nominee) We Belong Together — Movie: Toy Story 3. Performed by Randy Newman
  33. (2010 nominee) Coming Home — Movie: Country Strong. Performed by Gwyneth Paltrow

Originally aired on KSKQ on February 11, 2011. Select the play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

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