The 85th Academy Awards take place this Sunday, February 24th at 7pm on ABC and I plan to tune in. Every year the focus is on the actors and actresses who have been nominated. Although I love the conversation initiated by Oscar buzz, I’ve always been drawn to the songs up for an Oscar.
I grew up in the 80’s, a time when movies and their accompanying soundtracks went hand in hand. Songs like “Neutron Dance” and “Gonna Fly Now” were just as popular as the movies they were associated with not because they were catchy but because when you sang “Neutron Dance,” you immediately thought of Axel Foley being chased in Beverly Hills Cops. “Gonna Fly Now,” the theme from Rocky is one year my senior but as I sit her in 2013, it is arguably one of the greatest movie theme songs of all time.
Movie soundtracks don’t receive as much as attention as they did in the 70’s and 80’s but every few years a song like “Skyfall” from the movie Skyfall comes along making movie watchers and music enthusiasts take notice. The Adele penned single is one of 5 songs nominated for a 2013 Academy Award for best Original Song. Other nominees include “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted, “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi and “Suddenly” from Les Miserables.
The 2013 Oscars are only a few days away but It’s not to late to become acquainted with the songs nominated for Best Original Song.
“Skyfall” from Skyfall
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Soundtrack Fact: The song was originally rumored to be called “Let the Sky Fall. Adele admitted that she was apprehensive about the project when she first got involved because of the pressure involved in producing a Bond theme.
“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
Soundtrack Fact: Actress Scarlett Johansson sings the Oscar nominated song. The song is meant to be intimate so those listening get a personal feeling.
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted
Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
Soundtrack Fact: Norah Jones sings “Everybody Needs A Best Friend.” Walter Murphy was chosen to compose original scores for the 2012 comedy Ted.
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi
Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
Soundtrack Fact: Working on the song, Director Ang Lee explained to Jayashri the mood and feeling the song should evoke. Jayashri notes in her blog that he told her: “A child sleeps not because he is sleepy, but because he feels safe.”
“Suddenly” from Les Miserables
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
Soundtrack Fact: The film’s vocals were recorded live on set using live piano accompaniments played through earpieces as a guide, with the orchestral accompaniment recorded in post-production, rather than the traditional method where the film’s musical soundtracks are usually pre-recorded and played back on set for actors to lip-sync to.