Composer/lyricist Robert Sherman (left) and his brother Richard stand next to the car used in the 1968 film <em>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang</em>. The brothers wrote the songs for the movie, as well as a musical version that began running in 2002.
Robert Sherman — one half of the songwriting team behind Disney movies and major hit musicals — has died. He was 86. The Oscar-winning Sherman Brothers, Robert and Richard, wrote some of the most enduring Disney songs of all time. Their output was astounding: Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Aristocats.
John Lasseter, of Pixar and Disney, once said, "You cannot forget a Sherman brothers song for your life."
Jean Dujardin accepts the Oscar for best actor in a leading role for <em>The Artist</em> during the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday.
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It's perhaps fitting that during a year when Hollywood made even more films than usual about the love of film itself, the two big winners at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday night were the movies most overtly about cinephilia: The Artist, a silent black-and-white film about silent black-and-white films, and Hugo, the story of a boy who meets a reclusive filmmaker and helps him rediscover his love of his art.
Actress Julia Roberts holds her Oscar for Best Actress for her role in <em>Erin Brokovich</em> at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards on March 25, 2001.
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That song they play when a winner goes on too long at the Oscars? It has a name.
It's called "Too Long." Okay, not a creative name, but a name. Every conductor has a name for the get-off-the-stage music, and "Too Long" belongs to Bill Ross, who conducted the orchestra at last year's ceremony. And Bill wants you to know, it's not his call to interrupt speakers in what is possibly the best moment of their lives.