Friday, November 16, 2012

Best Music: 1980s

Best Original Score:

1980: The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)
Oscar winner: Fame (Michael Gore)
Was this nominated?: Yes

1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark (John Williams)
Oscar winner: Chariots of Fire (Vangelis)
Was this nominated?: Yes

1982: One from the Heart (Tom Waits)
Oscar winner: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (John Williams)
Was this nominated?: Yes (in the original song score/adaptation score category)

1983: Return of the Jedi (John Williams)
Oscar winner: The Right Stuff (Bill Conti)
Was this nominated?: Yes

1984: Once Upon a Time in America (Ennio Morricone)
Oscar winner: A Passage to India (Maurice Jarre)
Was this nominated?: No

1985: Back to the Future (Alan Silvestri)
Oscar winner: Out of Africa (John Barry)
Was this nominated?: No

1986: The Mission (Ennio Morricone)
Oscar winner: 'Round Midnight (Herbie Hancock)
Was this nominated?: Yes

1987: Empire of the Sun (John Williams)
Oscar winner: The Last Emperor (Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne and Cong Su)
Was this nominated?: Yes

1988: Grave of the Fireflies (Michio Mamiya)
Oscar winner: The Milagro Beanfield War (Dave Grusin)
Was this nominated?: No

1989: Cinema Paradiso (Ennio Morricone)
Oscar winner: The Little Mermaid (Alan Menken)
Was this nominated?: No

Best Original Song:

1980: "Out Here on My Own" - Fame
Oscar winner: "Fame" - Fame
Was this nominated?: Yes

1981: "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" - Arthur
Oscar winner: "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" - Arthur

1982: "This One's from the Heart" - One from the Heart
Oscar winner: "Up Where We Belong" - An Officer and a Gentleman
Was this nominated?: No

1983: "On the Dark Side" - Eddie and the Cruisers
Oscar winner: "Flashdance… What a Feeling" - Flashdance
Was this nominated?: No

1984: "Footloose" - Footloose
Oscar winner: "I Just Called to Say I Love You" - The Woman in Red
Was this nominated?: Yes

1985: "Don't You (Forget About Me)" - The Breakfast Club
Oscar winner: "Say You, Say Me" - White Nights
Was this nominated?: No

1986: "In Too Deep" - Mona Lisa
Oscar winner: "Take My Breath Away" - Top Gun
Was this nominated?: No

1987: "The Living Daylights" - The Living Daylights
Oscar winner: "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" - Dirty Dancing
Was this nominated?: No

1988: "Why Should I Worry?" - Oliver & Company
Oscar winner: "Let the River Run" - Working Girl
Was this nominated?: No

1989: "Fight the Power" - Do the Right Thing
Oscar winner: "Under the Sea - The Little Mermaid
Was this nominated?: No

Updated: 10/24/14

8 comments:

  1. I need to add the fact that the music from "Once Upon a Time in America" wasn't even nominated to Oscar insanity list :)

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    1. That's an EXTREMELY long list though. ;)

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  2. I LOVE 'Under the Sea!' I actually still have the Little Mermaid beach towel, ahah. Nice to see The Living Daylights on here, that's a pretty darn good score.

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    1. Love those two. Plus, I'm glad I was able to give composer John Barry (The Living Daylights) a win for something. :)

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  3. Ah, the 80s. You made some great choices. Many of these soundtracks are permanently imbedded in my brain. :-)

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    1. Thanks. There were some great ones, indeed.

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  4. Can’t believe Once Upon a Time wasn’t nominated. Christ. Footloose rocks so much ass. Love that track!

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    1. Unfortunately, Morricone got shafted several times.

      Footloose! That's one of the reasons I love the song category at the Oscars.

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