Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Love Lifts Us Up: Original Song, 1982

Lord, I just want to take a break from writing for a short time. Fortunately, we can take a music break, as this is Best Original Song!

Culture critic Joe Reid calls the 1980s the greatest decade for this category. He may be right: from "Fame" in 1980 to "Under the Sea" in 1989, with some karaoke standbys and Bond themes in between, the 80s are rife with riches in the Original Song category. 1982 is no exception, with lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman taking up three slots, and the standards "Up Where We Belong" and "Eye of the Tiger" among the nominees. The eagles did fly, right into a win:

(This is just a bizarre video, from the dead silence greeting Yes, Giorgio to the uncomfortable PDA between Nitzsche and Saint-Marie)

Oddly missing is Victor/Victoria, which boasts several original songs and won for Best Adapted and/or Song Score. Where is "Le Jazz Hot"? Whither "Crazy World"?

Anyway, the nominated songs after the jump - and while we're at it, you'll also get the songs nominated for the 2017 Oscars! So have a listen, won't you?:

Best Friends - "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?"
music by Michel Legrand
lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman

An Officer and a Gentleman - "Up Where We Belong"
music by Jack Nitszche & Buffy Sainte-Marie
lyrics by Will Jennings

Rocky III - "Eye of the Tiger"
music and lyrics by Jim Peterik & Frankie Sullivan III

Tootsie - "It Might Be You"
music by Dave Grusin
lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman

Yes, Giorgio - "If We Were in Love"
music by John Williams
lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman


No suspense here - the Oscar and my vote go to....


And as for the 2017 nominees, in order of preference:

Mudbound - "Mighty River"
music and lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq & Taura Stinson

Coco - "Remember Me"
music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

Marshall - "Stand Up for Something"
music by Diane Warren
lyrics by Lonnie Lynn & Diane Warren

The Greatest Showman - "This Is Me"
music and lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Call Me By Your Name - "Mystery of Love"
music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens

Tomorrow, the nominees for Best Actress, baby! Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice is the juggernaut to beat. The other contenders: Julie Andrews (Victor/Victoria), Jessica Lange (Frances)

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