Phil Collins Wins, “Buena Vista” Loses Academy Awards

Former Genesis frontman Phil Collins was the toast of pop music and the cinema at last night’s presentation of the 72nd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, as Collins’ “You’ll Be In My Heart” won the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Collins’ “You’ll Be In My Heart,” a track he composed for Disney’s animated “Tarzan” feature, beat out such competition as Aimee Mann’s “Save Me” from “Magnolia” and Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman’s “Blame Canada” from the “South Park” film, the latter of which received an over-the-top performance by comedian Robin Williams.

Also nominated in the category Best Original Song were Dianne Warren’s “Music Of My Heart” from “Music Of The Heart,” and Randy Newman’s “When She Loved Me” from “Toy Story 2.” In January, Collins bested much of the same competition to win a Golden Globe for “You’ll Be In My Heart” (see “Collins Beats Out Madonna, Mann For Golden Globe” ).

Collins had been nominated
for an Oscar for Best Original Song twice before. In 1985 he was nominated for “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now” from the movie “Against All Odds,” but lost to Motown legend Stevie Wonder for Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You” from “The Woman in Red.”

In 1989, Collins shared an Academy Award nomination with Lamont Dozier for “Two Hearts” from “Buster,” a film in which Collins also starred as a bankrobber, but lost once again, with Carly Simon taking home the bronze statuette for “Let The River Run” from “Working Girl.”

In other music-related news, Wim Wenders’ celebrated documentary on Cuban musicians, “Buena Vista Social Club,” lost the Best Documentary award to “One Day In September,” a film about the terrorist siege at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.

Composer John Corigliano was also honored at last night’s Academy Awards gala, winning an Oscar for Best Original Score for his work on the film, “Red Violin.” Corigliano had received one prior
nomination for Best Original Score in 1981 for “Altered States.”

Other notable pop stars turning out for the event included Fiona Apple, who was noticeably consoling boyfriend-director Paul Thomas Anderson when his “Magnolia” script lost Best Original Screenplay to Alan Ball for “American Beauty,” ’N Sync, and Erykah Badu, who presented an award.

However, Whitney Houston was a no-show for the Burt Bacharach-led tribute to songs from films over the past 70 years, although country star Faith Hill stepped in as her replacement (see “Whitney, Queen Latifah To Sing Oscar Medley” ).