For this week’s Thursday Movie Picks, run by Wandering through the Shelves, we’ve been asked to list three to five films that took home the Academy Award for either Best Original Score and Best Original Song. As usual I have my selection from films I have watched.
Best Original Score
John Williams for Jaws (1975) – Williams’ soundtrack – not least the infamous ‘Duh dum! Duh dum!’ – works so well because it adds to the thrills and suspense as well as depth and character to what is otherwise a silent antagonist.
John Williams for Star Wars (1977) – Weaving his magic once more Williams, who has won five Academy Awards out of his 52 nominations, composed a soundtrack truly befitting the epic space-opera. Many pieces are instantly recognisable and really capture the essence of what is being shown on screen.
Howard Shore for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – I have heard this soundtrack more than any other and still find joy and solace in it despite my hundreds of hours worth of plays. Shore did an incredible job with all the soundtracks in the trilogy and collected the Oscar for Best Original Score again for the third and final film.
Best Original Song
‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ from Pinocchio (1940) – Multiple Disney films have taken home the Oscar for Best Original Song, including Aladdin (1992) and The Lion King (1994). ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ is undoubtedly one of the most magical and whimsical of them all.
‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’ from Dirty Dancing (1987) – I was torn between selecting this and another Eighties classic, ‘Take My Breath Away’ from Top Gun (1986). ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’ clinched it for me as it so perfectly encapsulates the story and joy of Dirty Dancing.
‘Man or Muppet’ from The Muppets (2011) – This song is an ear worm and I have often found myself on several occasions singing the chorus to myself. It makes me smile and I picture Jason Segel and Jim Parsons – as well as their muppet counterparts – every time I hear or think of it.