Hallelujah (1929)

I love this poster!

Hallelujah

I screened Hallelujah in my class (Race, Ethnicity, and the Hollywood Musical) recently and found it unbelievably compelling. It is one of the first all-black films produced by a studio and director King Vidor’s first sound film. Here is a clip featuring Nina Mae McKinney:

 

The Nominees: Best Original Song

Best Original Song

“Falling Slowly” from Once
Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

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“Happy Working Song” from Enchanted
Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

“Raise It Up” from August Rush
Music and Lyric by Jamal Joseph, Charles Mack and Tevin Thomas

“So Close” from Enchanted
Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

“That’s How You Know” from Enchanted
Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz