BitchTapes: And the Oscar Goes To...

Aside from the occasional twenty-year gap in which no women whatsoever was nominated aside, women have made an indelible mark on the Best Original Song category at the annual Academy Awards, which celebrate its 89th year this Sunday. The songs that defined “Rocky,” “An American Tail,” “Skyfall,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “9 to 5,” and many (though not enough!) other beloved films were written or composed by women. Because the Best Original Song category recognizes music and lyrics, not performer, this is also perhaps the only BitchTapes I’ll ever make that has straight white dudes on it, as several lady-penned tracks were performed in their resepective soundtracks by men. Hooray for Hollywood [getting its act together in re: diversity]!!!!

Track List: (Title, Nominees, Movie)

1. Manta Ray - J. Ralph & Anohni - Racing Extinction (NOTE: Spotify lists Anohni under her former name, Antony. She had begun using Anohni by the time she was nominated, and Spotify is wrong.) 

2. Skyfall - Adele - Skyfall

3. Til It Happens to You - Lady Gaga & Diane Warren - The Hunting Ground

4. Grateful - Diane Warren - Beyond the Lights

5. Let it Go - Kristen Anderson-Lopez - Frozen

6. The Moon Song - Karen O. - Her

7. If I Rise - Dido - 127 Hours

8. Coming Home - Hillary Lindsey - Country Strong

9. O…Saya - MIA - Slumdog Millionaire

10. Falling Slowly - Marketa Iglova - Once

11. Into the West - Annie Lennox & Fran Walsh - Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

12. Listen - Anne Preven - Dreamgirls

13. Travelin’ Thru - Dolly Parton - Transamerica

14. A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow - Annette O’ Toole - A Mighty Wind

15. Burn it Blue - Julie Taymor - Frida

16. May it Be - Enya - Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

17. Music of My Heart - Diane Warren - Music of the Heart

18. Save Me - Aimee Mann - Magnolia

19. How Do I Live - Diane Warren - Con Air

20. I Finally Found Someone - Barbara Streisand - The Mirror Has Two Faces

21. Again - Janet Jackson - Poetic Justice

22. Let the River Run - Carly Simon - Working Girl

23. Somewhere Out There - Cynthia Well - An American Tail

24. Up Where We Belong - Buffy Sainte-Marie - An Officer and a Gentleman

25. 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton - 9 to 5

26. Someone’s Waiting for You - Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins - The Rescuers

27. Evergreen - Barbara Streisand - A Star is Born

28. The Moon is Blue - Sylvia Fine - The Moon is Blue

29. Gonna Fly Now - Carol Connors & Ayn Robbins - Rocky


by Katie Presley
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Katie Presley is a writer and editor currently based on the East Coast (help, how did this happen??). She's been with Bitch in one form or another since 2010, when she started as a New Media Intern, and most recently served as Bitch's first and only Music Editor, from 2016-2017. Past resume lines include Assistant Producer for All Songs Considered at NPR Music, panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour, and bylines at NPR and Ms. Katie is also a doula and herbalist, and writes a blog on herbal medicine, "The Herbal Apprentice." She also co-founded the first full-spectrum doula organization in Texas, The Bridge Collective. She is also a late-comer to being a Dog Person, but currently lives with four cats. 

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