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Best Original Song - 57th Academy Awards
Nominees: "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" from "Against All Odds (Music and lyrics: Phil Collins), "Footloose" from "Footloose" (Music and lyrics: Kenny Loggins and Dean Pitchford), "Ghostbusters" from "Ghostbusters" (Music and lyrics: Ray Parker Jr.), "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from "The Woman in Red" (Music and lyrics: Stevie Wonder), "Let's Hear It for the Boy" from "Footloose" (Music and lyrics: Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford)
What won: "I Just Called to Say I Love You"
What should have: "Footloose" or "Ghostbusters"
Why: To be sure, Stevie Wonder is a genius and a legendary artist, but "I Just Called To Say I Love You," as big a hit as it was, will not go down as one of his top songs. Even less memorable is "The Woman In Red," the 1984 Gene Wilder comedy that spurred the song. Among the nominees that "Called" beat are the now iconic "Footloose" and "Ghostbusters" themes. Wondering where Prince's "Purple Rain" is? That song, and the rest of the "Purple Rain" soundtrack, bypassed best original song and went straight to winning the Oscar for Best Original Song Score.
- Melinda Newman