FEB 26 | Listing All 90 years of Academy Award Winners
Celebrating 90 years of Academy Award-winning music.
Every January, the entertainment community and film fans around the world watch the Academy Awards in eager anticipation. Hundreds of millions of movie lovers watch the glamorous celebrities and extravagant ceremony that reveals who will receive the most prestigious honors in filmmaking.
We thought it would be fun to make a mix of songs that won an Oscar, and also deserved it. There can be politics involved. When you look at some of the other nominees, how could they be passed over? But sometimes the Academy can really get it right. The music that does win can leave a lasting impact as there is a confirmation from the highest authority, that these songs are noteworthy. It becomes a mental note that every time we hear that song, it brings us back to the year we would hear it every day, until it faded from every minute to once in a while. The Oscars guarantee the life of the song lives on for generations.
It will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California at 5:00 p.m. PST on March 4, 2018. Jimmy Kimmel will host for a second consecutive year, making him the first person to host back-to-back ceremonies since Billy Crystal in 1997 and 1998.
THE MIX | Best Original Songs
02.26.18 | This week, our MUSIC MONDAY features a choice selection of music that were Academy Award Winners for Best Original Song. Some of these songs will give you some fuel to kick this week off with a cinematic theme.
“Hard out here for a Pimp” (2005)
Hustle And Flow - Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman & Paul Beauregard
“The Weary Kind” (2009)
Crazy Heart - Ryan Bingham & T-Bone Burnett
“Loose Yourself” (2002)
Eight Mile - Eminem, Jeff Bass & Luis Resto
Selma - John Legend, Common & Che Smith
“Let It Go” (2013)
Frozen - Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
“Streets of Philadelphia” (1993)
Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen
“Under the Sea” (1989)
The Little Mermaid - Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" (1987)
Dirty Dancing - Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz & Franke Previte
“I Just Called to Say I Love You” (1984)
The Lady In Red - Stevie Wonder
Fame - Dolly Parton
"Chim Chim Cheree" (1964)
Mary Poppins - Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
“Never on Sunday” (1960)
Never on Sunday - Manos Hadjidakis
“Moon River” (1961)
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini
“Can’t Stop The Feeling” (2016)
Trolls - Justin Timberlake (should have won)
“A Whole New World” (1992)
Aladdin - Alan Menken & Tim Rice
“Take My Breath Away” (1986)
Top Gun - Giorgio Moroder & Tom Whitlock
2017 Oscar Nominations for Best Original Song
- "Mighty River" from Mudbound – Music and Lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
- "Mystery of Love" from Call Me by Your Name – Music and Lyrics by Sufjan Stevens
- "Remember Me" from Coco – Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
- "Stand Up for Something" from Marshall – Music by Diane Warren; Lyrics by Common and Diane Warren
- "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman – Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
1934 - 2016 Academy Award Winners for Best Original Song
1999 "You'll Be in My Heart" - Tarzan - Phil Collins
1998 "When You Believe" - The Prince of Egypt - Stephen Schwartz
1997 "My Heart Will Go On" - Titanic - James Horner & Will Jennings
1996 "You Must Love Me" - Evita - Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice
1995 "Colors of the Wind" - Pocahontas - Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz
1994 "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" - The Lion King - Elton John & Tim Rice
1993 "Streets of Philadelphia" - Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen
1992 "A Whole New World" - Aladdin - Alan Menken & Tim Rice
1991 "Beauty and the Beast" - Beauty and the Beast - Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
1990 "Sooner Or Later" - Dick Tracy - Stephen Sondheim
1989 "Under the Sea" - The Little Mermaid - Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
1988 "Let the River Run" - Working Girl - Carly Simon
1987 "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" - Dirty Dancing - Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz & Franke Previte
1986 "Take My Breath Away" - Top Gun - Giorgio Moroder & Tom Whitlock
1985 "Say You, Say Me" - White Nights Lionel Richie
1984 “I Just Called to Say I Love You" - The Lady In Red - Stevie Wonder
1983 “What A Feeling" - Flashdance - Keith Forsey, Irene Cara &
1982 “Up Where We Belong" - An Officer and A Gentleman - Jack Nitzsche, Will Jennings & Buffy Sainte Marie
1981 "Arthur's Theme" - Arthur - Carol Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross, Peter Allen & Burt Bacharach
1980 "Fame" - Fame - Dolly Parton
1979 "It Goes Like It Goes Norma Rae Normal Gimbel
1978 "Last Dance" - Thank God It's Friday - Paul Jabara
1977 "You Light Up My Life" - You Light Up My Life - Joseph Brooks
1976 "Evergreen" - A Star Is Born - Paul Williams & Barbra Streisand
1975 "I'm Easy" - Nashville - Keith Carradine
1974 "We May Never Love Like This Again" - The Towering Inferno - Al Kasha & Joel Hirschorn
1973 "The Way We Were The Way We Were Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman & Marvin Hamlish
1972 "The Morning After The Poseidon Adventure Al Kasha & Joel Hirschorn
1971 "The Theme From Shaft" - Shaft - Isaac Hayes
1970 "For All We Know" - Lovers and Other Strangers - Arthur James, Robb Wilson & Fred Karlin
1969 "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Hal David & Burt Bacharach
1968 "The Windmills of Your Mind" - The Thomas Crown Affair - Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman & Michel LeGrand
1967 "Talk to the Animals" Doctor Doolittle - Leslie Bricusse
1966 "Born Free" - Born Free - Don Black & John Barry
1965 "The Shadow of Your Smile" - The Sandpiper - Paul Francis Webster & Johnny Mandel
1964 "Chim Chim Cheree" - Mary Poppins - Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
1963 "Call Me Irresponsible" - Papa's Delicate Condition - Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen
1962 "Days of Wine and Roses" - Days of Wine and Roses - Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini
1961 "Moon River" - Breakfast at Tiffany's - Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini
1960 "Never on Sunday" - Never on Sunday - Manos Hadjidakis
1959 "High Hopes" - A Hole in the Head - Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen
1958 "Gigi" - Gigi - Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe
1957 "All The Way" - All The Way - Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen
1956 "Que Sera, Sera" - The Man Who Knew Too Much - Ray Evans & Jay Livingston
1955 "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" - Love is a Many Splendored Thing - Paul Francis Webster & Sammy Fain
1954 "Three Coins In a Fountain" - Three Coins in a Fountain - Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne
1953 "Secret Love" - Calamity Jane - Paul Francis Webster & Sammy Fain
1952 "High Noon" - High Noon - Ned Washington & Dimitri Tiomkin
1951 "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" - Here Comes the Groom - Johnny Mercer & Hoagy Carmichael
1950 "Mona Lisa" - Captain Carey, U.S.A. - Ray Evans & Jay Livingston
1949 "Baby It's Cold Outside" - Neptune's Daughter - Frank Loesser
1948 "Buttons and Bows" - Paleface - Ray Evans & Jay Livingston
1947 "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" - Song of the South - Ray Gilbert & Allie Wrubel
1946 "On the Atchison, Topeka & the Santa Fe" - The Harvey Girls - Johnny Mercer & Harry Warren
1945 "It Might As Well Be Spring" - State Fair Oscar - Hammerstein II & Richard Rodgers
1944 "Swingin' On A Star" - Going My Way - Johnny Burke & Jimmy van Heusen
1943 "You'll Never Know" - Hello, Frisco, Hello - Mack Gordon & Harry Warren
1942 "White Christmas" - Holiday Inn - Irving Berlin
1941 "The Last Time I Saw Paris" - Lady Be Good - Oscar Hammerstein II & Jerome Kern
1940 "When You Wish Upon A Star" - Pinocchio - Ned Washington & Leigh Harline
1939 "Over the Rainbow" - The Wizard of Oz - E.Y. Harburg & Harold Arlen
1938 "Thanks for the Memory" - The Big Broadcast of 1938 - Leo Robin & Ralph Ranger
1937 "Sweet Lellani" - Waikiki Wedding - Harry Owens
1936 "The Way You Look Tonight" - Swing - Time Dorothy Fields & Jerome Kern
1935 "Lullaby of Broadway" - Gold Diggers of 1935 - Al Dubin & Harry Warren
1934 "The Continental" - The Gay Divorcee - Herb Magidson & Con Conrad
Watch The Oscars on Sunday, March 4th on ABC Live Stream at 5pm PST.
Dan Victor is editor of Popdust and producer of Popdust Presents. He is also a music producer, bassist for Low Profile (live hip hop) & The Coldpress (indie rap) and front-man for Ductape Halo (indie rock). Follow on Youtube.
POP⚡DUST | Read More…
Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.
Rivera's "Glee" character was not just important, she was groundbreaking.
As a young queer girl growing up in the south, I was lucky that my parents weren't homophobes.
My parents believed that people were sometimes born gay, and while they wouldn't "wish that harder life" on their children, they certainly made me and my sister believe that gay people were just as worthy of love as anyone else. I was lucky.
Still, in my relatively sheltered world of Northern Virginia (a rich suburb near Washington D.C.), homophobia wasn't as blatant as hate crimes or shouted slurs, but it was generally accepted that being straight was, simply, better.
In high school, it wasn't uncommon to use "gay" as an insult or for girls to tease each other about being "lez." While many of us, if asked, would have said we were in support of gay marriage and loved The Ellen Show, being gay remained an undesirable affliction.
Even more insidious, I was instilled with the belief—by my church and my peers—that if gay and lesbian people could be straight, they would. But since they were simply incapable of attraction to the opposite sex or fitting into traditional gender roles, we should accept them as they are as an act of mercy. At the time, this kind of pity seemed progressive and noble. Those in my close circle of family and friends weren't openly dismissive or condemning of gay people, but we saw homosexuality as a clear predisposition with no gray areas.
Specifically: Gay men talked with a lilt, giggled femininely, and were interested in things that weren't traditionally "masculine." Meanwhile, gay women dressed like men, had no interest in makeup or other traditionally female interests, and probably had masculine bodies and features. In my mind, before someone came out as gay, they did everything in their power to "try to be straight" but were eventually forced to confront the difficult reality that they felt no attraction at all to the opposite sex. I viewed homosexuality not as a spectrum, but as a black and white biological predisposition that meant you were thoroughly, completely, and pitiably gay.
As a child, when I began to experience stirrings of attraction for other girls, I would reassure myself that not only had I definitely felt attraction for men in the past, but I also liked being pretty. I was a tomboy as a child, sure, but as I got older I recognized that my value was increased in the eyes of society if I tried to be a pretty girl. As it turned out, I even liked putting on clothes that made me feel good, I liked applying makeup, and I liked some traditionally "feminine" things. In my mind, this meant that I couldn't be gay, because gay women didn't like "girl" stuff.
As a teenager, I began to learn more about the difference between gender and sexuality, and the fluidity of both. I began to let myself feel some of the long-suppressed feelings of queer desire I still harbored.
Still, in the back of my mind, the instilled certainty of sexuality as an extremely rigid thing sometimes kept me up at night. What if I was gay? Would I have to change the way I looked? Would I have to give up some of the things I liked? In my mind, being gay meant your sexuality was your whole identity, and everything else about you disappeared beneath the weight of it.
But then, Santana came out as gay on Glee.
GLEE - The Santana 'Coming Out Scene' www.youtube.com
If you didn't watch Glee, than you might not know the importance of Naya Rivera's character to so many queer young women like myself. Santana was beautiful, she was popular, she had dated boys, she was feminine, she was sexy, and she was gay. There's even evidence that Santana had previously enjoyed relationships with men.
But the character came out anyways, not because she had to or because it was obvious to everyone around her that she was gay, but because her attraction to women was an aspect of her identity she was proud of. It wasn't an unfortunate reality she simply had to make the best of; it was an exciting, beautiful, aspect of her identity worth celebrating.
Before Santana, it had never really come home for me that being gay wasn't an entire identity—that it wasn't an affliction or disorder, but just another part of a person. She also didn't suddenly start wearing flannels or cutting her hair after coming out. She was the same feminine person she had always been. I had never realized that being a gay woman didn't have to look a certain way. Santana and Brittany's gay storyline showed two femme-presenting women in love, and for me, that was a revolution.
If it wasn't for Naya Rivera, we may never have had that important story line.
"It's up to writers, but I would love to represent [the LGBTQ community] because we know that there are tons of people who experience something like that and it's not comical for them in their lives," Rivera told E! News in 2011. "So I hope that maybe we can shed some light on that."
While Rivera herself wasn't gay (the importance of casting gay actors in gay roles is a separate conversation), she understood how important her character was to the queer community. "There are very few ethnic LGBT characters on television, so I am honored to represent them," Rivera told Latina magazine in 2013. "I love supporting this cause, but it's a big responsibility, and sometimes it's a lot of pressure on me."
Rivera wasn't just a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community on screen. In 2017, she wrote a "Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community" for Billboard's Pride Month. In it, she wrote, "We are all put on this earth to be a service to others and I am grateful that for some, my Cheerios ponytail and sassy sashays may have given a little light to someone somewhere, who may have needed it. To everyone whose heartfelt stories I have heard, or read I thank you for truly enriching my life."
Now, as we mourn the loss of Naya Rivera, at least we can take comfort in knowing that her legacy will live on—that the light her Cheerios ponytail and sassy sashays gave us won't go out any time soon.
Excuse me, I have to go weep-sing-along to Rivera's cover of landslide now.
Glee - Landslide (Full Performance + Scene) 2x15 youtu.be
- How Brittana On 'Glee' Made My Feelings For Women Finally Feel ... ›
- 'Glee's' Naya Rivera on Brittany and Santana's 'New Challenge ... ›
- 'Glee' Actor Naya Rivera's Body Recovered From California Lake ... ›
- Exclusive: 'Glee' Star Naya Rivera on Gay Rumors | Entertainment ... ›
- 'Glee' actress Naya Rivera's Santana comes out to applause - Los ... ›