Why hasn't Madonna won (or even been nominated for) the Oscar for Best Original Song - for one of her songs? I will answer - because the Academy is so jaded. I mean really jaded. She's won awards for Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice but I'm here to say her songs wipe the Academy's stage right clean.
It all should have began here in 1985 - with not only the biggest song of that year - coupled with another huge Madonna song - Crazy For You from Vision Quest - but one of the biggest pop songs of all time - Into the Groove from Desperately Seeking Susan written by Madonna and Stephen Bray. The movie was the sleeper hit of that year. They didn't like her, they thought she was a slut and they were jaded. That's the excuse for 1985. Whatever. Onward!!!
Ok, she was new in 1985 and they really didn't want or trust that The Hussy was anything more than that. Bets were elsewhere. But whats their excuse in 1986 with the brilliant and haunting Live To Tell - her 3rd Number One single - written by Madonna and Patrick Leonard - from At Close Range?
By 1987, Madonna had proved that she was beyond a force to be reckoned with in music. Who's That Girl was her 6th Number One hit - written by Madonna and Patrick Leonard. One of the biggest songs that year, again snubbed. Causing a Commotion should also have been given a nod. But no. The movie was a bomb but that's never stopped The Academy before.
In 1992, Madonna starred in another hit film, A League of Their Own. She wrote This Used To Be My Playground with Shep Pettibone. Her 10th Number One single. This song is right up the tight assed Academy's alley. Again, snubbed.
In 1994, Madonna penned a song with Patrick Leonard and Richard Page for Alek Keshisian's With Honors. I'll Remember went to number 2 on the Billboard singles charts. A fantastic song that was so played out on the radio and another song that the Academy turned their back on.
In 1999, Madonna wrote and recorded Beautiful Stranger with William Orbit for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Sexy, fun and the summer song of 1999! Although winning a grammy for Best Song written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media in 2000, The Academy once again snubbed our girl.
In 2000, Madonna starred in John Schlesinger's The Next Best Thing with Rupert Everett. While she covered Don Mclean's American Pie, she also wrote Time Stood Still with William Orbit. Not released as a single in the US, it doesn't matter. That has never been a prerequisite of a nominated song. Again, another great song that was ignored.
In 2002, Madonna and Mirwais wrote and produced Die Another Day for the Bond film of the same name. Although it won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, the dear Academy once again fucked Madonna over. A progressive and brilliant song that was a huge hit all over world, Die Another Day is the last Madonna soundtrack song we have.
Did I miss any? Who cares? So did they - since 1985. The Academy has always been jaded of Madonna's true star quality. Her ability to sustain immense popularity and remain at the forefront of popular culture. When the Grammys finally acknowledged her properly with 1998's Ray of Light, I always wanted her to pull a Brando and tell them to fuck off. She didn't. However, when the Academy comes around (and they will) I hope Madonna gives them the finger right in their ugly face.