Oscar Night is a celebration of movies, but last night seemed more like a celebration of music – at least music in the movies. Here are some highlights (and some reasons why David loves him a big-voiced soul sista!)
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“Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey:
“And I Am Telling You” by Jennifer Hudson:
“Skyfall” by Adele:
Sidenote: Adele was so smooth and understated, but she got outsung last night (hence no standing ovation, I suppose?). Still love her, but I did wonder – when she’s measured against the vocal masterclass acts of Bassey and the Barbz (see below) instead of the current pop stars of the 21st century – she didn’t rise to the top of the greatest songstresses.
Finally, the incomparable “The Way We Were” as sung by Barbra Streisand:
These musical numbers definitely made up for Argo taking the Big Prize. This is the first time I saw all the Best Picture nominees, and trust when I say that Argo was DEFINITELY NOT the Best Picture of 2012 (I can name at least three nominated movies that were definitely better – Lincoln, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty). Heck, why stop there? Amour, Les Miserables, Django Unchained, and Beasts of the Southern Wild made deeper impressions, IMO.
There ya’ go! I rank Argo just above Silver Lining’s Playbook. Best Picture … Pfttt!