Sufjan Stevens | Mystery of Love
A top contender for Best Song this year is “Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens written for the exquisite Call Me By Your Name. The song captures the sweet sentiment of the film about being young and falling in love and coming-of-age and all that whimsy.
Keith Carradine | I’m Easy
“I’m Easy” truly deserved to win the Oscar as when Keith Carradine performs this to Lily Tomlin, with just him and his guitar, it complements exactly what’s going on in the scene. It’s a perfect marriage of song, actor and camera work as they work together to let the story unfold. A beautiful song from Robert Altman’s Nashville (1975).
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová | Falling Slowly
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová won the Oscar in 2007 for their harmonious collaboration “Falling Slowly,” from the film Once, a movie about two musicians falling in love in Dublin. The story was also adapted to the stage becoming a multi-award winning Broadway musical. Have you ever seen a happier moment than this at the Oscars?
Karen O | The Moon Song
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O reunited with filmmaker Spike Jonze in 2013 for the movie Her. Karen previously contributed music to Jonze’s 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are. In the film, the song is sung by Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson’s characters – who did a fine job.
Björk and Thom Yorke | I’ve Seen It All
In 2001, Björk performed beautifully Dancer in the Dark’s signature tune about a nearly blind woman accepting that she’ll never be able to save her sight. The song with Thom Yorke was nominated for Best Song but lost to “Things Have Changed” by Bob Dylan from Wonder Boys.
Stevie Wonder | I Just Called To Say I Love You
In 1984, Stevie Wonder beat Phil Collins “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)” as well as the theme songs from Footloose and Ghostbusters. “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” featured in Gene Wilder’s The Woman in Red and was a controversial win as it was suspected it wasn’t even written for the movie. In any case, it’s hard not to love this tune with it’s simple tempo and Stevie’s wonderful voice.
Dusty Springfield | The Look of Love
At the Academy Awards in 1967 one of the most successful British female singers of all time (who’s mother came from Tralee in County Kerry) was nominated for her song “The Look of Love,” from the James Bond parody Casino Royale. Disappointingly Dusty lost out to “Talk to the Animals” from Doctor Doolittle.
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