Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Aretha “Respect” Movie Scored a Coup: New Song for Oscar Consideration by Carole King with Jennifer Hudson


The Aretha Franklin biopic has scored a coup: they got Carole King to write a new song for the film with Jennifer Hudson and Jamie Hartman.

The song is called “Here I am (Singing My Way Home)” and now it will be a big player for Oscar consideration for Best Song.

Carole wrote one of Aretha’s biggest all time hits, “You Make Feel Like a Natural Woman,” with Gerry Goffin and Jerry Wexler back in 1968.

So this will be a huge deal when the song is released on Friday. Aretha would be thrilled by this news. She performed “Natural Woman” at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015 for Carole’s induction, and the performance became an instant classic.

So kudos to whoever set this up. Great idea.

PS The Best Song category is getting full already in June with prospective nominees including this one, Lady Gaga’s song from “Top Gun Maverick,” Billie Eilish’s James Bond song, Diane Warren’s Reba McEntire song, and so on.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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