- My friend Jack Nitzsche, who I had known in the '60s, he couldn't come up with a theme for this movie that he was scoring called 'An Officer and a Gentleman.'
And so I played him the melody for 'Up Where We Belong.'
(gentle piano music) And the doggone thing, it just had a life of its own.
♪ Who knows what tomorrow brings ♪ ♪ In a world few hearts survive ♪ - She was a writer beyond just being, people seeing her as a protest or some sort of writer like that.
She was a musician, creative on any front that could work.
(gentle acoustic music) ♪ As long ♪ - When I heard that song, I recognized Joe Cocker doing Buffy's phrasing.
I could hear, through him, Buffy's writing on that song, and I thought, wow.
♪ Love lift us up where we belong ♪ - And the winner is Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Will Jennings, 'Up Where We Belong' from 'An Officer and a Gentleman. (audience applauding) - You have this moment where there's this enormous smash hit that gets all kinds of recognition, wins an Oscar.
You knew she was a force, she was a different kind of artist.
♪ Up where the clear winds blow ♪