American Masters

How Buffy Sainte-Marie won an Oscar for "Up Where We Belong"

Clip: 11/22/2022 | 1m 39s  | Video has closed captioning.

When Jack Nitzsche became stumped while scoring the film "An Officer and a Gentleman," he turned to his friend Buffy Sainte-Marie for help. Buffy played him the melody for her song "Up Where We Belong," which took on "a life of its own." The iconic song eventually went on to win several major awards, including the award for Best Original Song at the 55th Academy Awards in 1983.

Aired: 11/22/22

Rating: NR

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