If, as anticipated, “Shallow” wins the Oscar for Best Authentic Song on Sunday, it received’t be the primary “A Star Is Born” tune to cop the prize: “Evergreen,” the No. 1 single from the third model of the film, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, sailed above the competitors in 1977.
Songwriters Corridor of Famer Paul Williams, who penned “Evergreen” with Streisand, says that the magic is within the “emotional peaks” of the story. “The story is so superb,” says the 78-year-old, who co-wrote 5 different songs for 1976’s “A Star Is Born” soundtrack. “The story provides up a platform for the composers and lyricists to work on. These are great emotional highs to jot down about.”
Williams says that he instantly knew that “Shallow” — the hit duet sung by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga (who additionally cowrote it) — was Oscar bait. “I predicted it,” he says. “After I heard the music, I believed, ‘ what . . . that’s obtained a great shot at being nominated.’ I simply liked it as that tender sort of gritty ballad.”
Whereas he was aware of the music, Williams hadn’t seen the movie itself till earlier this month on the 4 Seasons Resort in Beverly Hills. “I’d been which means to get to the theater to see it,” he says. “I watched it and simply sat within the lodge room blubbering. From the very starting, I grew to become completely emotionally concerned with it.”
Williams says that, as a recovering alcoholic who’s been sober 28 years, he associated to Cooper’s character, Jackson Maine: “I watched him simply capturing himself within the foot many times when he drinks.”
As for his reminiscences of successful his solely Oscar out of six nominations, Williams says, “The factor that I keep in mind most about standing on the stage accepting it with Barbra was, you look out on the viewers . . . and there’s Kirk Douglas, there’s Gregory Peck, there’s Elizabeth Taylor. You go, ‘Oh my God!’ ”
The diminutive Williams additionally threw in a basic quip: “What I stated was, ‘I used to be gonna thank all of the little folks, then I remembered, I’m the little folks.’ ”
And he hasn’t given up on successful one other Oscar. “We ain’t useless but!” he says. “I’m engaged on it. I’m nonetheless writing and loving my life.”