Monday, February 27, 2012

Springsteen Video of the Week - Bruce Wins an Oscar



At the 84th Annual Academy Awards last night, we saw a mere two nominees compete in the Best Original Song category. The category has been in a major decline for many years now due to ridiculous eligibility requirements and voting processes as well as an overall decline in heavily marketed original power ballads (Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was nearly 15 years ago).

But instead of getting angry, let’s think back to a simpler time. March 21, 1994, to be precise, the day that The Boss became Oscar-winner Bruce Springsteen. The video above features Bruce’s Oscar performance of “Streets of Philadelphia” from Philadelphia followed by his win (announced with limited enthusiasm by Whitney Huston) and his moving acceptance speech laced with humility and praise for the power of popular art.

[Note: The only video I could find includes a Spanish commentator translating. Be not afraid, Bruce’s voice dominates.]