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25. "Beauty and the Beast"
Composer: Alan Menken
Other nominees: "Bugsy," "The Fisher King," "JFK," "The Prince of Tides"
Why: Alan Menken is no Oscar slouch, having won eight trophies in his tenure. With "Beauty and the Beast," he hit a sort of Disney zenith with evocative interstitial music that married the work he did with longtime songwriting collaborator Howard Ashman (who posthumously won the Best Original Song prize with Menken for the film's title track) beautifully.
- Kristopher Tapley