However, it did make me wonder what other songs were left on the cutting room floor. The Best Original Song category has been a hit-and-miss affair: some Oscar-winning songs are beautiful and have become part of world culture (Over The Rainbow, White Christmas), while others are frankly forgotten. When was the last time YOU sang In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening from Here Comes the Groom or It Goes Like It Goes from Norma Rae? Curiously enough, the songs that lost to these particular ditties are the ones that have stood the test of time (A Kiss to Build a Dream On from The Strip for the former and The Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie for the latter).
With that in mind, I decided to run down a list of fifteen songs eligible for Best Original Song consideration but for whatever reason did not get a nomination. As far as I know, the listed songs were written for the films, but if I'm mistaken please let me know. With that, let us begin with the first eight songs I would have suggested.
The Lemon Drop Kid
1951 Best Original Song winner: In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening (Here Comes the Groom)
1957 Best Original Song winner: All The Way (The Joker Is Wild)
|A Hard Day's Night|
A Hard Day's Night
|Viva Las Vegas|
Viva Las Vegas
1964 Best Original Song: Chim Chim Che-ree (Mary Poppins)
1964 Best Score Adaptation: My Fair Lady
1967 Best Original Song winner: Talk to the Animals (Doctor Doolittle)
Maybe it is because the Theme from Shaft won the year previous and the Academy didn't think another 'urban' song should get the Oscar, or because a lot of Freddie's Dead is instrumental. However, I think the song is A.) brilliant (how can one go wrong with Curtis Mayfield) and B.) written for a film (Superfly). Certainly the song talks about a character in the film, and deals with the story in Superfly. Besides, how can one argue with Mayfield's beautiful instrumentation (especially those flutes)? The song is now iconic and I think people forget Freddie's Dead is from a movie. I too offer 'love, love'.
1972 Best Original Song winner: The Morning After (The Poseidon Adventure)
Time presses on me, but on another post, I offer my next seven songs that somehow failed to get a Best Original Song nomination from the Academy.
* Two Bond films (Dr. No and On Her Majesty's Secret Service) did not have opening songs. If you count two unofficial James Bond films (the spoof Casino Royale and the non-canon Never Say Never Again), the Oscar count goes up to four given that The Look of Love from Casino Royale earned a nomination.