Last week I wrote about the film’s use of a Mandarin version of the Coldplay song ‘Yellow’ in a pivotal sequence. The performer is Katharine Ho, an early loser on The Voice who had left the music business before being tapped for this breakthrough movie’s soundtrack.
Elvis Presley might not have been the world’s best actor, and his films were never in danger of winning any awards, but you’d think the Academy would see past that to acknowledge the songs themselves.
Both ‘Love Me Tender’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’ were written for films of the same names, and neither got a sniff of Oscar love.
But for my money, even those two snubs are overshadowed by this one.
It wouldn’t be right to make a list like this and not include Elvis Presley. Even though I was born just five years before he died, I know that The King must get his due.
His voice was certainly technically good… he had a great range, could hit all the notes, was able to pull off rock, country, blues and gospel without breaking a sweat.
Actually, I take that back… he did it while sweating quite a bit, which was another key to his appeal.