Music and movies go together like peanut butter and jelly. Sometimes, just a simple lyric can capture the whole essence of what a feature length motion picture is trying to convey. Of course, Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Actor are typically the most celebrated awards at the Oscars. However, we can’t overlook that there have been some absolutely incredible songs written specifically for the silver screen. Here are all of the original songs that won Oscars over the last 50 years.
The Best Original Song category was added to the Academy Awards in 1934. It’s important to note that the award is given to the songwriter(s) who compose the original song that is written explicitly for a movie. It’s not awarded to the person who performs the song. So, of course, when we think of "Let It Go" from the animated movie Frozen, we think of Idina Menzel. However, when "Let It Go" won the Oscar in 2014, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and her husband Robert Lopez, took home the award because they wrote the music and lyrics.
Some of the biggest names in music history have penned Oscar-winning songs. Adele has never appeared in a movie, but she has more Oscars than Alfred Hitchcock, after she nabbed the award in 2013 for "Skyfall." Eminem won an Oscar for "Lose Yourself" in 2003, a song that completely captured the themes and tone of his semi-autobiographical film debut 8 Mile. Melissa Etheridge, Bob Dylan, Elton John, and Bruce Springsteen have all written songs that won Oscars.Vote up for the greatest songs that won Academy Awards.
Under the SeaMovie: The Little Mermaid
- 1526Movie: Evita
The Shadow of Your SmileMovie: The Sandpiper
Lose YourselfMovie: 8 Mile
Up Where We BelongMovie: An Officer and a Gentleman
Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)Movie: Dick Tracy
If I Didn't Have YouMovie: Monsters, Inc.
- Movie: Dirty Dancing
I Need to Wake UpMovie: An Inconvenient Truth
You'll Be In My HeartMovie: Tarzan
Talk to the AnimalsMovie: Doctor Dolittle
I'm EasyMovie: Nashville
It Goes Like It GoesMovie: Norma Rae
A Whole New World
We May Never Love Like This AgainMovie: The Towering Inferno
Theme From ShaftMovie: Shaft
We Belong TogetherMovie: Toy Story 3
Jai Ho!Movie: Slumdog Millionaire
Man or MuppetMovie: The Muppets
The Weary KindMovie: Crazy Heart
The Windmills of Your MindMovie: The Thomas Crown Affair
It's Hard Out Here for a PimpMovie: Hustle & Flow