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….

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…

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…

Best Oscar Songs of the Seventies

Best Songs? I don’t know…I’m just not crazy about any Oscar winning songs in movies during the seventies (well maybe Shaft –Isaac Hayes did an awesome performance of his song during the April 10, 1972 Oscar Awards night). When I think of the early seventies I think of disaster movies like The Poseidon Adventure or The…

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…

Best Picture Ben Hur 1959

Reading a best seller that was written in 1880 is certainly a challenge. I was curious how the book Ben Hur  written by General Lew Wallace held up to the screenplay written by Karl Tunberg for the 1959 Best Picture of the Year. It was an arduous read and left me shaking my head at…

Happy Un-Valentines Day or…Divorce in Classic Hollywood

Fresh from the tails of the 1930’s Hays code which regulated just about everything in Classic Hollywood, came movies with spunk, wit and lots and lots of humorous divorces. These films were nothing like the divorce films prior to the Hays code regulations. The Divorcee with Norma Shearer is a prime example of how divorces were…

Forever Changed…

VE day occurred on May 8, 1945 and VJ day occurred on August 15, 1945. Actors, writers, directors were coming home from the war. For the rest of the decade at the Oscars, Best Song Awards were handed out to lighter tunes that once you start humming them you just couldn’t get them out of…

The War Years and Oscar

America finally joined the Second World War in December 1941; the rest of the world had already been fighting for a couple of years. Bette Davis was the Academy President for the 1941 Oscars held on February 26, 1942. Carole Lombard had died on January 16, 1942 while returning from a War Bond drive. Normally…

1939

        The most anticipated film of the year was based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize winning novel Gone With the Wind a book about a sixteen year old southern Belle’s loves and losses during the civil war and reconstruction. Twenty-six year old Vivien Leigh would play two sixteen year old characters…

The Way You Look Tonight

Within a two year period and six nominations Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies picked up the Best Song Oscar twice. The music for: The Way You Look Tonight for the 1936 movie Swing Time (RKO) won Best Song at the Oscars and was written by Jerome Kern with Lyrics written by Dorothy Fields. In…

It Happened One Night

1934 was the first year to choose pictures for eligibility for Academy Awards within a calendar year: January 1st thru December 31st. It was the first year all of the major awards were swept away by one single movie, It Happened One Night. Talk about your sour grapes these awards were received by Columbia Studios…

1927 First Year of Oscar

Qualifying films released in Los Angeles between the dates of August 1, 1927 through July 31, 1928 were listed by the Academy and sent out to its membership to vote for nominations for awards. Their deadline was August 15, 1928. Then a Board of Judges from each Academy Branch narrowed down achievements from ten to…