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Sam Smith & Jimmy Napes Win Oscar For ‘Spectre’ Original Song ‘Writing’s On The Wall’

28 February 2016 8:31 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

In a shocking win, the James Bond title song from Spectre, “Writing’s On the Wall” by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes, took the best original song Oscar tonight. It’s the second time time that a 007 song has broken through at the Oscars, after “Skyfall” three years ago became the first Bond song to win. That title theme was written by Adele and Paul Epworth. In his acceptance speech onstage, Smith said: “I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen and he said that no… »

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Song

11 February 2016 6:15 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight  The last few years has seen a populist uprising in the best original song category. In 2012, Adele became one step closer to Egot by winning the Oscar for "Skyfall" alongside Paul Epworth. In 2013, the extraordinarily popular "Frozen" anthem "Let It Go" beat out the mainstream likes of Pharrell Williams, U2 and Karen O. And last year, John Legend and Common won for their "Selma" song "Glory." It seems the days where we'd never heard of the best original song winner are long gone ("Al otro lado del rio" from "The Motorcycle Diaries," anyone?) -- and here are the days when they are #1 on iTunes the day after the Oscars. Below is Anne Thompson's take on how things might shake down in the race for best original song. Check out Thompson on Hollywood's Oscar predictions page for more awards season analysis. Click here for more category breakdowns on. »

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Many Chart-Topping Recording Artists are in the Running for Oscars This Year

6 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The race for best original song at this year’s Academy Awards includes a number of big name recording artists whose work for film has been generating significant Oscar buzz.

In past years the category has seen a number of popular, chart-topping performers take home the statuette, including John Legend and Common’s “Glory” from last year’s best picture nominee Selma, about Martin Luther King’s historic march for civil rights and 2013’s “Skyfall”, performed and co-written by British songstress Adele with co-writer Paul Epworth, for the 007 film of the same name.

This year another James Bond theme is in the hunt for best original song, as Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall”, co-written with accomplished British songwriter James Napier (a.k.a. Jimmy Napes), the Spectre title track that became the first No. 1 in Bond theme history, has earned a Golden »

- Patrick Shanley

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