Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing is unquestionably the finest film of 1989 (and a front-runner for best of the 80s), yet it failed to land a nomination for Best Picture or Best Director. Lee did earn a screenwriting nomination, and Danny Aiello was deservedly nominated for his supporting turn as Sal Frangione.
This list of Oscar snubs contains two kinds of songs — those that are paired, memorably and forever, with the films in which they appear; and those that have been so big for so long that I didn’t even know they originally showed up in a movie.
Today’s Song of the Day is an example of the latter.
This list was inspired by the overlooked ‘Don’t You Forget About Me,’ and today I’m featuring another iconic track from another iconic John Hughes film.
If you think the Academy had something against John Hughes, you’re probably right. Not one of the man’s films was ever nominated for an Oscar. These films were beloved upon release and are even more beloved now, but apparently they weren’t “Academy material.”
Given that fact, what’s even more shocking is that the song wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award. How on earth did that happen?
But I just had the great idea to do a top five or top ten of the best albums from that year (that I know) followed by a list of albums from that year that I don’t know but should. I can sing Simon’s praises then.
But it’s hard to deny the appeal of Sinatra’s flip side, the uptempo, jazzy style epitomized on 1956’s Songs For Swingin’ Lovers. This album was the unlikely successor to In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, making for one of the best one-two punches in music history.
Print may be dying, but I still love a good magazine. While I read the newspaper on my tablet, I haven’t been able to make that transition when it comes to Entertainment Weekly or Rolling Stone. There’s just something essential about the portability and disposability of a magazine.
Magazines are also one of my best means of discovering new music. Yesterday’s band, The Mountain Goats, appeared in Rolling Stone. Today’s artist, Wynter Gordon, comes courtesy of Entertainment Weekly‘s ‘Must List.’