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…

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…

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…

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…