The night of the Oscars, often, is able to provide many useful ideas for choosing music for a wedding, especially for the most romantic moments. Let’s see if this 2023 edition (The 95th) helded at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, has also some practical ideas to give.
“All Quiet on the Western Front“, adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s world-renowned bestseller , received four statuettes, including that for best soundtrack, while the best original song awarded by the jury comes from India: the song “Naatu naatu” is the soundtrack in movie ‘RRR’ (Rise Roar Revolt). In India it is a sort of dance, and in english, it means “dance, dance”: an invitation to let go and not give up in the face of difficulties.
A wild song that could also be interesting for Indian weddings (we also worked in this type of events!), but certainly not for the others cultures ones.
Definitely more romantic, however, other other songs that have been nominated:
“Lift Me Up” by Rihanna (fresh from the Super Bowl), soundtrack of the Marvel film Wakanda Forever (the “Black Panther” sequel) and, above all, “Hold my hand” by Lady Gaga (directly from Los Angeles: she was working in a new movie), based on “Top Gun Maverick“, with Tom Cruise.
Lady Gaga herself defines the piece, written by her, “a love letter to the world during and after a very difficult period” and, always with regard to “Hold my hand” she declared that she wanted to create a song in which it was shared the deep need to be understood by each other.
As for the award for Best Costume Design (going to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) it’s a real shame it didn’t go to the film “Elvis”, one of the favorites among those nominated. There are many spouses who are lovers of this character. Many of his songs are requested for “sweet” moments such as the cutting of the cake or the first dance of the bride and groom: “Can’t help falling in love”, but also “Are You Lonesome Tonight” and “I love you because” . Elvis also sang (and danced) many wild songs such as “Jailhouse Rock”, often indicated as a song to be included in the wedding dance.