The Lion King. Wild Africa is the setting for this animated tale of a young lion cub whose evil uncle usurps his father’s crown and lets hyenas overrun the kingdom. Dodging danger and befriending some oddball characters, the cub wanders the land until the day he’s ready to return. With songs by Elton John and featuring the voices of Whoopie Goldberg, Cheech Marin, James Earl Jones, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and Jeremy Irons. Academy Awards: 2, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song (Elton John and Tim Rice: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”). Academy Award Nominations: 4, including 3 for Best Original Song.