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Howard Elliott Ashman (May 17, 1950 – March 14, 1991) was an American playwright and lyricist.[1] He collaborated with Alan Menken on several works and is most widely known for several animated feature films for Disney, for which Ashman wrote the lyrics and Menken composed the music. Ashman and Menken began their collaboration with the musical God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
(1979), for which Ashman directed and wrote both book and lyrics. Their next musical, Little Shop of Horrors (1982) for which Ashman again directed and wrote both book and lyrics, became a long-running success and led to a 1986 feature film. The partnership's first Disney film was The Little Mermaid (1989), followed by Beauty and the Beast (1991). After his death, some of Ashman's songs were included in another Disney film, Aladdin (1992).

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Illness and death 4 Awards and nominations

4.1 Accolades 4.2 Special
Special
Recognitions 4.3 Tributes

5 Best known works 6 References 7 External links

Early life and education[edit] Ashman was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Shirley Thelma (née Glass) and Raymond Albert Ashman, an ice cream cone manufacturer.[2] His family was Jewish.[3][4] Ashman first studied at Boston University
Boston University
and Goddard College
Goddard College
(with a stop at Tufts University's Summer Theater) and then went on to achieve his master's degree from Indiana University
Indiana University
in 1974. Career[edit] After graduating from Indiana in 1974 he moved to New York and worked as an editor at Grosset & Dunlap. His first two plays, Cause Maggie's Afraid of the Dark and Dreamstuff, were met with mixed reviews. His play The Confirmation was produced in 1977 at Princeton's McCarter Theater and starred Herschel Bernardi. In 1977 he became the artistic director of the WPA Theater in New York. He first worked with Alan Menken
Alan Menken
on the 1979 musical Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, adapted from Vonnegut's novel of the same name. They also collaborated on Little Shop of Horrors with Ashman as director, lyricist, and librettist, winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics. Ashman was director, lyricist and bookwriter for the 1986 Broadway musical Smile (music by Marvin Hamlisch). Also in 1986, Ashman wrote the screenplay for the Frank Oz–directed film adaptation of his musical Little Shop of Horrors, as well as contributing the lyrics for two new songs, "Some Fun Now" and "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space," the latter of which received an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination. In 1986, Ashman was brought in to write lyrics for a song in Disney's Oliver & Company. While there, he was told about another project that they had been working on for a couple years. The film was The Little Mermaid, Disney's first fairy tale in 30 years. Ashman, along with Alan Menken, wrote all of the songs for the film. Ashman became a driving force during the early years of the Disney Renaissance. He would hold story meetings and said the animation and musical styles were made for each other which is why Disney needed to continue making musical movies. He also made strong choices in casting actors with strong musical theater and acting backgrounds. The Little Mermaid was released in November 1989 and it was an enormous success. Ashman and Menken received two Golden Globe
Golden Globe
nominations and three Academy Award nominations including two for "Kiss The Girl" and "Under The Sea", for Ashman won both awards for the latter. In 1988, while working on The Little Mermaid, Ashman pitched to Disney the idea of an animated musical adaptation of Aladdin. After he wrote a group of songs with partner Alan Menken
Alan Menken
and a film treatment, a screenplay was written by Linda Woolverton, who had worked on Beauty and the Beast.[5] Then directors John Musker
John Musker
and Ron Clements
Ron Clements
joined the production. The story underwent many changes and some elements of the original treatment were dropped. Out of the 16 songs written for Aladdin, three of Howard's songs ended up in the finished film, which was released after his death. During early production of Aladdin, Ashman and Menken were approached to help reinvigorate and save the production of Beauty and the Beast, which was going nowhere as a non-musical. Ashman, wishing to focus on Aladdin and his health, reluctantly agreed. It was at this time that his health began to decline due to his illness. Regardless, he completed lyrical work on Beauty and the Beast before succumbing to AIDS. The film was released mere months after his death and is dedicated to Ashman. Along with Menken, Ashman was the co-recipient of two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards and two Academy Awards. Upon receiving his second Academy Award
Academy Award
posthumously, William P. "Bill" Lauch, his partner, accepted the award in his stead.[6] Illness and death[edit] On the night of the 62nd Academy Awards, Ashman told Menken that they needed to talk when they got back to New York, where he revealed to Menken that he was HIV
HIV
positive. He had been diagnosed in 1988, midway through the making of The Little Mermaid. During the making of Beauty and the Beast, the Disney animators were flown to work with Ashman at his home in Fishkill, New York. There they discovered that he was seriously ill. He grew weaker but he remained productive and continued to write songs. After the first screening for Beauty and the Beast on March 10, 1991, the animators visited Ashman in the hospital. He weighed 80 pounds, had lost his sight, and could barely speak. The animators and producer Don Hahn
Don Hahn
told him that the film was incredibly well received by the press. On March 14, Ashman, age 40, died from complications from AIDS, in New York City.[7] Beauty and the Beast is dedicated "To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful. Howard Ashman 1950–1991." Ashman was survived by his partner Bill Lauch, his sister Sarah Ashman-Gillespie, and his mother Shirley Thelma Glass.[7] He is buried in Oheb Shalom Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.[8] Awards and nominations[edit] Over the course of his career, Howard Ashman won two Academy Awards out of seven nominations. Of these nominations, four are posthumous nominations, the most in Academy Awards history.[citation needed] He also won a posthumous Laurence Olivier Award and five Grammy Awards (three of them posthumous), among other accolades. Accolades[edit]

Award Year Project Category Outcome

Academy Awards 1986 Little Shop of Horrors Best Original Song for the song "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" Nominated

1989 The Little Mermaid Best Original Song for the song "Under the Sea" Won

Best Original Song for the song "Kiss the Girl" Nominated

1991 Beauty and the Beast Best Original Song for the song "Beauty and the Beast" (POSTHUMOUS) Won

Best Original Song for the song "Be Our Guest" (POSTHUMOUS) Nominated

Best Original Song for the song "Belle" (POSTHUMOUS) Nominated

1992 Aladdin Best Original Song for the song "Friend Like Me" (POSTHUMOUS) Nominated

British Academy Film Awards 1992 Beauty and the Beast Best Film Music Nominated

Drama Desk Awards 1983 Little Shop of Horrors Outstanding Lyrics Won

Outstanding Director of a Musical Nominated

1994 Beauty and the Beast Outstanding Lyrics POSTHUMOUS Nominated

2014 Aladdin Outstanding Lyrics POSTHUMOUS Nominated

Evening Standard Awards 1983 Little Shop of Horrors Best Musical Won

Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards 1989 The Little Mermaid Best Original Song for the song "Under the Sea" Won

Best Original Song for the song "Kiss the Girl" Nominated

1991 Beauty and the Beast Best Original Song for the song "Beauty and the Beast" (POSTHUMOUS) Won

Best Original Song for the song "Be Our Guest" (POSTHUMOUS) Nominated

1991 Aladdin Best Original Song for the song "Friend Like Me" (POSTHUMOUS) Nominated

Best Original Song for the song "Prince Ali" (POSTHUMOUS) Nominated

Grammy Awards 1984 Little Shop of Horrors Best Musical Cast Show Album Nominated

1990 Oliver and Company: Story and Songs from the Motion Picture Best Recording for Children Nominated

1991 The Little Mermaid: Original Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Records Soundtrack Best Recording for Children Won

The Little Mermaid Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television for the song "Under the Sea" Won

Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television for the song "Kiss the Girl" Nominated

1993 Beauty and the Beast: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Best Musical Album for Children POSTHUMOUS Won

Album of the Year POSTHUMOUS Nominated

Beauty and the Beast Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television for the song "Beauty and the Beast" (POSTHUMOUS) Won

Song of the Year for the song "Beauty and the Beast" (POSTHUMOUS) Nominated

1994 Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Best Musical Album for Children (POSTHUMOUS) Won

1994 Aladdin Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television for the song "Friend Like Me" (POSTHUMOUS) Nominated

Laurence Olivier Awards 1983 Little Shop of Horrors Musical of the Year Nominated

1998 Beauty and the Beast Best New Musical (POSTHUMOUS) Won

New York Drama Critic Circle Awards 1983 Little Shop of Horrors Best Musical Won

Outer Critics Circle Awards 1983 Little Shop of Horrors Best Off-Broadway Musical Won

Best Score Won

Tony Awards 1987 Smile Best Book of a Musical Nominated

1994 Beauty and the Beast Best Original Score POSTHUMOUS Nominated

2008 The Little Mermaid Best Original Score POSTHUMOUS Nominated

2014 Aladdin Best Original Score POSTHUMOUS Nominated

Special
Special
Recognitions[edit]

1990 - Special
Special
Award for outstanding contribution to the success of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' anti-drug special for children, for the song "Wonderful Ways to Say No" from the TV special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue 2001 - Disney Legend
Disney Legend
Award (POSTHUMOUS)

Tributes[edit] On the 2002 Special
Special
Edition DVD of Beauty and the Beast, the Disney animators teamed up again and added a new song called "Human Again", which Ashman and Menken had written for the film, but was cut from the finished film. On Disc 2, there is a short documentary entitled Howard Ashman: In Memoriam that features many people who worked on Beauty and the Beast who talk about Howard's involvement on the film and how his death was truly a loss for them. Jeffrey Katzenberg
Jeffrey Katzenberg
claims there are two angels watching down on them that put their magic touch on every film they made. The two angels were Howard and Walt Disney
Walt Disney
himself.[9] An album of Ashman singing his own work entitled Howard Sings Ashman was released on November 11, 2008, by PS Classics as part of the Library of Congress "Songwriter Series." The 2009 documentary, Waking Sleeping Beauty, which centers around Disney's animation renaissance, is dedicated to him, as well as Frank Wells, Joe Ranft, and Roy E. Disney. In March 2017, Don Hahn
Don Hahn
confirmed he was working on a documentary biographical film about Howard Ashman.[10] Best known works[edit]

The Confirmation (1977) (writer) God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
(1979) (lyricist, librettist and director) Little Shop of Horrors (1982) (lyricist, librettist and director) Smile (1986) (lyricist, librettist and director) Little Shop of Horrors (1986) (lyricist and screenwriter) Oliver & Company (1988) (lyricist for "Once Upon A Time in New York City") The Little Mermaid (1989) (lyricist, producer, additional dialogue) Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue
Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue
(1990) (lyricist for "Wonderful Way To Say No") Beauty and the Beast (1991) (lyricist, executive producer) (dedicated) Aladdin (1992) (lyricist for "Arabian Nights", "Friend Like Me", and "Prince Ali").

References[edit]

^ Obituary Variety, March 18, 1991. ^ " Howard Ashman Biography (1950–1991)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-01-14.  ^ " Don Hahn
Don Hahn
interview: Beauty And The Beast, Howard Ashman, The Lion King, South Park and Frankenweenie". Den of Geek. Retrieved 2018-03-13.  ^ Glassman, Marvin. "'Beauty' cast member proud of her Jewish roots". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2018-03-13.  ^ "Aladdin: Crew Reunion". Animated Views. Retrieved 2009-05-31.  ^ "Top 10 Notable People Who Died From AIDS
AIDS
- Listverse". Listverse. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2018-03-13.  ^ a b Blau, Eleanor. " Howard Ashman Is Dead at 40; Writer of 'Little Shop of Horrors'", New York Times, March 15, 1991 ^ Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Location 1746). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition. ^ Howard Ashman: A short tribute. YouTube. August 19, 2013. Event occurs at 2:19.  ^ Hetrick, Adam (March 7, 2017). "Beauty and the Beast Lyricist Howard Ashman Subject of New Documentary Film". Playbill. Retrieved June 8, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Official website Profile @ vimeo.com Howard Ashman's channel on YouTube Disney Legends Howard Ashman at Find a Grave Howard Ashman on IMDb

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Howard Ashman

Musicals

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
(1979) Little Shop of Horrors (1982) Smile (1986) Beauty and the Beast (1994) The Little Mermaid (2007) Aladdin (2014)

Musical films

Little Shop of Horrors (1986) Oliver & Company (1988) The Little Mermaid (1989) Beauty and the Beast (1991) Aladdin (1992) Beauty and the Beast (2017) Aladdin (2019)

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Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Original Song

1934–1940

"The Continental"

Music: Con Conrad Lyrics: Herb Magidson (1934)

"Lullaby of Broadway"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Al Dubin (1935)

"The Way You Look Tonight"

Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics: Dorothy Fields
Dorothy Fields
(1936)

"Sweet Leilani"

Music and lyrics: Harry Owens
Harry Owens
(1937)

"Thanks for the Memory"

Music: Ralph Rainger Lyrics: Leo Robin (1938)

"Over the Rainbow"

Music: Harold Arlen Lyrics: E. Y. Harburg (1939)

"When You Wish Upon a Star"

Music: Leigh Harline Lyrics: Ned Washington (1940)

1941–1950

"The Last Time I Saw Paris"

Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II
(1941)

"White Christmas"

Music and lyrics: Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin
(1942)

"You'll Never Know"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Mack Gordon
Mack Gordon
(1943)

"Swinging on a Star"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Johnny Burke (1944)

"It Might as Well Be Spring"

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II
(1945)

"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
(1946)

"Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"

Music: Allie Wrubel Lyrics: Ray Gilbert (1947)

"Buttons and Bows"

Music: Jay Livingston Lyrics: Ray Evans (1948)

"Baby, It's Cold Outside"

Music and lyrics: Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
(1949)

"Mona Lisa"

Music and lyrics: Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
Jay Livingston
(1950)

1951–1960

"In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"

Music: Hoagy Carmichael Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
(1951)

"High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')"

Music: Dimitri Tiomkin Lyrics: Ned Washington (1952)

"Secret Love"

Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1953)

"Three Coins in the Fountain"

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn
(1954)

"Love Is a Many Splendored Thing"

Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1955)

"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)"

Music and lyrics: Jay Livingston
Jay Livingston
and Ray Evans (1956)

"All the Way"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn
(1957)

"Gigi"

Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1958)

"High Hopes"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn
(1959)

"Never on Sunday"

Music and lyrics: Manos Hatzidakis
Manos Hatzidakis
(1960)

1961–1970

"Moon River"

Music: Henry Mancini Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
(1961)

"Days of Wine and Roses"

Music: Henry Mancini Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
(1962)

"Call Me Irresponsible"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn
(1963)

"Chim Chim Cher-ee"

Music and lyrics: Richard M. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
and Robert B. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
(1964)

"The Shadow of Your Smile"

Music: Johnny Mandel Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1965)

"Born Free"

Music: John Barry Lyrics: Don Black (1966)

" Talk
Talk
to the Animals"

Music and lyrics: Leslie Bricusse (1967)

"The Windmills of Your Mind"

Music: Michel Legrand Lyrics: Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1968)

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"

Music: Burt Bacharach Lyrics: Hal David
Hal David
(1969)

"For All We Know"

Music: Fred Karlin Lyrics: Robb Royer
Robb Royer
and Jimmy Griffin (1970)

1971–1980

"Theme from Shaft"

Music and lyrics: Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes
(1971)

"The Morning After"

Music and lyrics: Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (1972)

"The Way We Were"

Music: Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics: Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1973)

"We May Never Love Like This Again"

Music and lyrics: Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (1974)

"I'm Easy"

Music and lyrics: Keith Carradine
Keith Carradine
(1975)

"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"

Music: Barbra Streisand Lyrics: Paul Williams (1976)

"You Light Up My Life"

Music and lyrics: Joseph Brooks (1977)

"Last Dance"

Music and lyrics: Paul Jabara
Paul Jabara
(1978)

"It Goes Like It Goes"

Music: David Shire Lyrics: Norman Gimbel (1979)

"Fame"

Music: Michael Gore Lyrics: Dean Pitchford (1980)

1981–1990

"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"

Music and lyrics: Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen (1981)

"Up Where We Belong"

Music: Jack Nitzsche
Jack Nitzsche
and Buffy Sainte-Marie Lyrics: Will Jennings (1982)

"Flashdance... What a Feeling"

Music: Giorgio Moroder Lyrics: Keith Forsey and Irene Cara (1983)

"I Just Called to Say I Love You"

Music and lyrics: Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1984)

"Say You, Say Me"

Music and lyrics: Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
(1985)

"Take My Breath Away"

Music: Giorgio Moroder Lyrics: Tom Whitlock (1986)

"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"

Music: Franke Previte, John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz Lyrics: Franke Previte (1987)

"Let the River Run"

Music and lyrics: Carly Simon
Carly Simon
(1988)

"Under the Sea"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman (1989)

"Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)"

Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1990)

1991–2000

"Beauty and the Beast"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman (1991)

"A Whole New World"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(1992)

"Streets of Philadelphia"

Music and lyrics: Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
(1993)

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"

Music: Elton John Lyrics: Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(1994)

"Colors of the Wind"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz (1995)

"You Must Love Me"

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(1996)

"My Heart Will Go On"

Music: James Horner Lyrics: Will Jennings (1997)

"When You Believe"

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz (1998)

"You'll Be in My Heart"

Music and lyrics: Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1999)

"Things Have Changed"

Music and lyrics: Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
(2000)

2001–2010

"If I Didn't Have You (Disney song)"

Music and lyrics: Randy Newman
Randy Newman
(2001)

"Lose Yourself"

Music: Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto Lyrics: Eminem
Eminem
(2002)

"Into the West"

Music and lyrics: Fran Walsh, Howard Shore
Howard Shore
and Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox
(2003)

"Al otro lado del río"

Music and lyrics: Jorge Drexler
Jorge Drexler
(2004)

"It's Hard out Here for a Pimp"

Music and lyrics: Juicy J, Frayser Boy and DJ Paul
DJ Paul
(2005)

"I Need to Wake Up"

Music and lyrics: Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge
(2006)

"Falling Slowly"

Music and lyrics: Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard
and Markéta Irglová
Markéta Irglová
(2007)

"Jai Ho"

Music: A. R. Rahman Lyrics: Gulzar
Gulzar
(2008)

"The Weary Kind"

Music and lyrics: Ryan Bingham
Ryan Bingham
and T Bone Burnett
T Bone Burnett
(2009)

"We Belong Together"

Music and lyrics: Randy Newman
Randy Newman
(2010)

2011–present

"Man or Muppet"

Music and lyrics: Bret McKenzie
Bret McKenzie
(2011)

"Skyfall"

Music and lyrics: Adele
Adele
Adkins and Paul Epworth (2012)

"Let It Go"

Music and lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
(2013)

"Glory"

Music and lyrics: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn (2014)

"Writing's on the Wall"

Music and lyrics: James Napier and Sam Smith (2015)

"City of Stars"

Music: Justin Hurwitz Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2016)

"Remember Me"

Music and lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
(2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics

Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb
(1969) Stephen Sondheim/ Bertolt Brecht
Bertolt Brecht
(1970) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1971) John Guare
John Guare
(1972) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1973) Al Carmines (1974) Charlie Smalls
Charlie Smalls
(1975) Edward Kleban (1976) Martin Charnin (1977) Carol Hall (1978) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1979) Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(1980) Stephen Sondheim/ Maury Yeston (1982) Howard Ashman (1983) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1984) Roger Miller
Roger Miller
(1985) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1988) David Zippel (1990) William Finn
William Finn
(1991) Susan Birkenhead (1992) Denis Markell and Douglas Bernstein (1993) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1994) Jonathan Larson (1996) Gerard Alessandrini
Gerard Alessandrini
(1997) Lynn Ahrens (1998) Gerard Alessandrini
Gerard Alessandrini
(1999) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(2000) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(2001) Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(2002) Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Marc Shaiman
(2003) Stephen Schwartz (2004) Eric Idle
Eric Idle
(2005) Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison (2006) Steven Sater (2007) Stew (2008) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(2009) John Kander and Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb
(2010) Trey Parker, Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
(2011) Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard
and Markéta Irglová
Markéta Irglová
(2012) Tim Minchin
Tim Minchin
(2013) Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak (2014) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2015) Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2016) David Yazbek (2017)

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Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Original Song

1960s

"Town Without Pity" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Ned Washington, Music by Dimitri Tiomkin (1961) "Circus World" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Ned Washington, Music by Dimitri Tiomkin (1964) "Forget Domani" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Norman Newell, Music by Riz Ortolani
Riz Ortolani
(1965) "Strangers in the Night" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder, Music by Bert Kaempfert
Bert Kaempfert
(1966) "If Ever I Would Leave You" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Alan Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe (1967) "The Windmills of Your Mind" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Music by Michel Legrand (1968) "Jean" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen
(1969)

1970s

"Whistling Away the Dark" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Johnny Mercer, Music by Henry Mancini (1970) "Life Is What You Make It" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Johnny Mercer, Music by Marvin Hamlisch (1971) "Ben" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Don Black, Music by Walter Scharf (1972) "The Way We Were" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Music by Marvin Hamlisch (1973) "I Feel Love" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Betty Box, Music by Euel Box (1974) "I'm Easy" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by Keith Carradine
Keith Carradine
(1975) "Evergreen" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Paul Williams, Music by Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1976) "You Light Up My Life" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by Joseph Brooks (1977) "Last Dance" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by Paul Jabara
Paul Jabara
(1978) "The Rose" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by Amanda McBroom
Amanda McBroom
(1979)

1980s

"Fame" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Dean Pitchford, Music by Michael Gore (1980) "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by Peter Allen, Burt Bacharach, Christopher Cross, & Carole Bayer Sager (1981) "Up Where We Belong" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Wilbur Jennings, Music by Jack Nitzsche & Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie
(1982) "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Irene Cara, Keith Forsey, Music by Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder
(1983) "I Just Called to Say I Love You" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by Stevie Wonder (1984) "Say You, Say Me" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
(1985) "Take My Breath Away" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Tom Whitlock, Music by Giorgio Moroder (1986) "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Franke Previte, Music by John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz (1987) "Let the River Run" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by Carly Simon/"Two Hearts" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Phil Collins, Music by Lamont Dozier
Lamont Dozier
(1988) "Under the Sea" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1989)

1990s

"Blaze of Glory" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi
(1990) "Beauty and the Beast" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken (1991) "A Whole New World" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Tim Rice, Music by Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1992) "Streets of Philadelphia" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by Bruce Springsteen (1993) "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Tim Rice, Music by Elton John (1994) "Colors of the Wind" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Stephen Schwartz, Music by Alan Menken (1995) "You Must Love Me" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (1996) "My Heart Will Go On" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Wilbur Jennings, Music by James Horner (1997) "The Prayer" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by David Foster, Tony Renis, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa (1998) "You'll Be in My Heart" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1999)

2000s

"Things Have Changed" Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
(2000) "Until..." Music and lyrics by Sting (2001) "The Hands That Built America" Music and lyrics by Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge
The Edge
& Larry Mullen Jr.
Larry Mullen Jr.
(2002) "Into the West" Music and lyrics by Annie Lennox, Howard Shore
Howard Shore
& Frances Walsh (2003) "Old Habits Die Hard" Music and lyrics by Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger
& David A. Stewart (2004) "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" Lyrics
Lyrics
by Bernie Taupin, Music by Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2005) "The Song of the Heart" Music and lyrics by Prince Rogers Nelson (2006) "Guaranteed" Music and lyrics by Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder
(2007) "The Wrestler" Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
(2008) "The Weary Kind" Music and lyrics by Ryan Bingham
Ryan Bingham
& T Bone Burnett (2009)

2010s

"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by Diane Warren (2010) "Masterpiece" Music & Lyrics
Lyrics
by Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry (2011) "Skyfall" by Adele
Adele
Adkins and Paul Epworth (2012) "Ordinary Love" by U2 and Danger Mouse (2013) "Glory" by Common and John Legend
John Legend
(2014) "Writing's on the Wall" by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes (2015) "City of Stars" by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2016) "This Is Me" by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2017)

Complete List (1960s) (1970s) (1980s) (1990s) (2000s) (2010s)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 265031685 LCCN: n78033738 ISNI: 0000 0001 1652 1394 GND: 134599071 SUDOC: 110302966 BNF: cb14007413v (data) MusicBrainz: 7a45c6ea-bb66-4e85-8643-271658fe935e BNE: XX1305

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