×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Classic songs that vied for Oscar — not!

Movie music expert Jon Burlingame mines the vaults for a few overlooked gems that escaped the Acad's grasp

1937
Not nominated: “Someday My Prince Will Come” from “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs;” songwriters: Frank Churchill, Larry Morey, performer: Adriana Caselotti
Winning tune: “Sweet Leilani” from “Waikiki Wedding;” songwriter: Harry Owens

1944
Not nominated: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from “Meet Me in St. Louis;” songwriters: Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin; performer: Judy Garland
Winning tune: “Swinging on a Star” from “Going My Way;” songwriters: James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke

1951
Not nominated: “Silver Bells” from “The Lemon Drop Kid;” songwriters: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans; performer: Bob Hope
Winning tune: “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” from “Here Comes the Groom;” songwriters: Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer

1956
Not nominated: “Love Me Tender” from “Love Me Tender;” songwriters: Elvis Presley, Vera Matson; performer: Elvis Presley
Winning tune: “Que Sera, Sera” from “The Man Who Knew Too Much;” songwriters: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans

1964
Not nominated: “A Hard Day’s Night” from “A Hard Day’s Night;” songwriters: John Lennon, Paul McCartney; perfomers: The Beatles
Winning tune: “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from “Mary Poppins;” songwriters: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman

1968
Not nominated: “In the Heat of the Night” from “In the Heat of the Night;” songwriters: Quincy Jones, Marilyn & Alan Bergman; performer: Ray Charles
Winning tune: “The Windmills of Your Mind” from “The Thomas Crown Affair;” songwriters: Michel Legrand, Marilyn & Alan Bergman

1972
Not nominated: “Superfly” from “Superfly;” songwriter: Curtis Mayfield; performer: Curtis Mayfield
Winning tune: “The Morning After” from “The Poseidon Adventure;” songwriters: Al Kasha, Joel Hirschhorn

1973
Not nominated: “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” from “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid;” songwriter: Bob Dylan; performer: Bob Dylan
Winning tune: “The Way We Were” from “The Way We Were;” songwriters: Marvin Hamlisch-Marilyn & Alan Bergman

1977
Not nominated: “Staying Alive,” “Night Fever” from “Saturday Night Fever;” songwriters: Barry, Robin, Maurice Gibb; performers: the Bee Gees
Winning tune: “You Light Up My Life” from “You Light Up My Life;” songwriter: Joe Brooks

1999
Not nominated: “Beautiful Stranger” from “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me;” songwriters: Madonna, William Orbit; performer: Madonna
Winning tune: “You’ll Be in My Heart” from “Tarzan;” songwriter: Phil Collins

More Film

  • 'Chez Jolie Coiffure' Review: Hair Salon

    Film Review: 'Chez Jolie Coiffure'

    Shortly before the credits roll on “Chez Jolie Coiffure,” a customer in the eponymous hair salon asks her stylist, Sabine, if she has any plans to go home this year. Out of context, this sounds like the kind of standard, empty small talk one often makes while having one’s hair cut: what good movies you’ve [...]

  • Best Netflix original movies

    The 10 Best Netflix Movies of 2019

    This time last year, Netflix estimated that it would release 90 original movies in 2019. At the time, the number seemed outrageous: That’s more than four times the number Warner Bros. made in the same 12-month period — and more than any human would ever care to watch. Guess what: Turns out that 90 was a [...]

  • Luc Besson EuropaCorp Searching for Hit

    EuropaCorp Posts 50% Drop in Revenues in Half-Year Results

    Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has posted a 50% drop in revenues during the first half of the 2019-20 financial year even as the financially ailing company tries to finalize a rescue deal with its junior lender, Vine Alternative Investments. EuropaCorp’s revenues fell to €40.7 million ($45 million) during the six months ending Sept. 30. The company [...]

  • Richard Jewell Olivia Wilde

    'Richard Jewell': Kathy Scruggs' Roommate, Family Angered by Journalist's Portrayal

    Penny Furr was Kathy Scruggs’ roommate when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter got a major scoop involving the investigation into the Centennial Olympic Park bombing. Scruggs had discovered that Richard Jewell, the security guard who had evacuated the area before the bomb exploded, saving dozens of lives in the process, was a suspect in the attack. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content