Bombay Jayshri, the sole Indian
nominee at the this year's Oscars lost the Best Original Song
trophy to British singer Adele, who won the statuette for her
soulful rendition of James Bond theme Skyfall.
This is the very first James Bond theme to win an Oscar.
The 24-year-old singer went into the elite competition
looking like the smart bet to bring home the trophy as the
song became an instant classic after its release.
The British songstress, who also performed the song at
the ceremony, co-wrote it with Paul Epworth especially for the
film and the opening words 'This is the end' fit perfectly
with the film's themes of death and rebirth.
"This is amazing... thank you for believing in me," said
a teary eyed Adele while accepting her trophy at the
glittering award ceremony.
Adele defeated Jayashri's Pi's Lullaby from Life Of Pi
which she co-wrote with composer Michael Danna and late
sitarist Ravi Shankar's daughter Norah Jones for Everybody
Needs a Friend from 'Ted'.
She also saw off competition from Before My time from
Chasing Ice and Suddenly from Les Miserables.
Skyfall was indeed emotional for Adele as it marked her
return to recording since the major surgery she underwent as a
result of a vocal cord haemorrhage in late 2011.
Adele has been enjoying a pretty remarkable run of good
luck in the past few years -- her second album '21' sold over
twenty-five million copies worldwide, she earned six Grammy
awards in 2012 (more than any other female artist has won in
one year), and she picked up a Golden Globe in January for
Best Original Song has been won by only a handful of
Brits down the years. In 1966 John Barry - the original James
Bond composer - won with lyricist Don Black for the theme from
non-007 film Born Free.
Tim Rice and Elton John scored with Can You Feel the Love
Tonight from The Lion King in 1994.
Two years later Tim won again with Andrew Lloyd Webber
for You Must Love Me from Evita. Then in 1999 You'll Be in
My Heart from Tarzan won it for Phil Collins.