Here’s why this album should be in your collection!
Annie Lennox is part of a distinguished group: stars from rock and other genres who both composed and performed Oscar-winning songs. Lennox co-wrote and sang “Into the West” for The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. It won the Best Song Oscar for 2003. (Enya was nominated for “May It Be” from TLOTR: Fellowship of the Ring).
The group now includes Phil Collins, Bob Dylan, Eminem, Melissa Ethridge, Issac Hayes, Elton John, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Barbara Streisand, and Three 6 Mafia.
The song accompanies the ending credits for Peter Jackson’s award-winning third movie from J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece trilogy, The Lord of The Rings. Jackson commissioned the song to honor the New Zealand filmmaker Cameron Duncan; its first public performance was at Duncan’s funeral. Here are the original song, and the Lennox performance at the Oscars.
Jackson is using Tolkien’s The Hobbit as the source for another movie trilogy. Speculation can begin about who will compose and perform the third movie’s ending song.
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Here’s an interesting fact!
Walt Disney movies have at least 36 Best Song nominations and 10 wins. The clasic favorite is the 1940 winner, “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio, but “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da” from Song of The South runs a close second. Disney uses both songs to promote its brand.