‘Lose Yourself’ earned Eminem the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2002, beating other nominees like U2’s “The Hands That Built America”, and making it the first ever rap song to have received this accolade.
Eminem, who was not present at the Academy Awards ceremony believing he would not win, said in a Shade 45 Behind The Boards interview with Cipha Sounds that he was actually sleeping, with cartoons on for his daughter, at the time the award was announced. This was the first time in 14 years the winner of the Best Original Song category did not perform at the ceremony. Luis Resto, one of the song’s co-writers, had attended the ceremony and accepted the award instead. “He’s creative, he has symphonies in his head,” Resto said at the lectern about Eminem.
Eminem says that ‘Lose Yourself’ was written on set, during breaks during the filming of 8 Mile. Taryn Manning, who played Eminem’s ex-girlfriend Janeane in the movie, said in an interview with MTV, that during the filming of the movie, in any downtime, Eminem was writing and that “you could just see him formulating stuff in his head.”
According to studio engineer Steven King, who spoke to Rolling Stone magazine, Eminem recorded the song in a portable studio on the set while he was on a break from shooting, recording all three verses in one take. The sheet on which he wrote the song appears in 8 Mile in a scene where his character is writing while riding the bus.
At the Grammy Awards of 2004, “Lose Yourself” became Eminem’s second career nomination for Record of the Year (following “Without Me”), and the first rap song ever to be nominated for Song of the Year. It won Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song, which was a new category at the time.
‘Lose Yourself’ was one of only three hip-hop songs from the 21st century to have been included on Rolling Stone ’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, and it also ranked it one of the top 50 hip hop songs of all time. The American Film Institute ranked it #93 on their list of the 100 Greatest Songs from American Films. – Wikipedia