For those of you who don't know or don't care, this Sunday night is the biggest night in film: the 84th Academy Awards show. Personally, I could care less about the show, but for argument's sake, I enjoy tuning in and seeing who is the recipient of the Best Original Song award. There have been some conservative choices and some surprises over the years. Here's a list of some of the better songs and moments in Oscar history.
5. 1971 “Theme from Shaft” — Shaft • Music and lyrics: Isaac Hayes.
epitomizes the film from which it came as one of the most badass songs
of all time. The opening instrumental has one of the best builds and
the groovy bassline adds to the cool aura of Mr. John Shaft. One of the best and
we have the late, great Isaac Hayes to thank.
4. 1994 “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” — The Lion King • Music: Elton John, Lyrics: Tim Rice.
it's a bit sappy and yes, Elton has better songs. However, this is the
tune that, for better or worse, started his career as a Broadway score
composer. If you aren't moved by the scene where this song is placed,
then you don't have a heart.
3. 1993 “Streets of Philadelphia” — Philadelphia • Music and lyrics: Bruce Springsteen.
2. 2008 “Jai Ho” — Slumdog Millionaire • Music: A. R. Rahman, Lyrics: Gulzar.
1. 2002 (75th) “Lose Yourself” — 8 Mile • Music: Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto, Lyrics: Eminem.