Sunday, March 7, 2010

Academy award original song winners from the past

Today the 82nd annual Academy Awards are being given out. Among the categories is an award for best original song which was first given out in 1934.

"The Way you look tonight" won for the movie "Swing Time" in 1936. The lyrics were written by Dorothy Fields and the music composed by Jerome Kerns. It was performed by Fred Astaire who is featured in the video clip.

"When you wish upon a star" won for the movie "Pinocchio" in 1940. The lyrics were written by Ned Washington and the music composed by Leigh Harline. The original performance was by Cliff Edwards.

"Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" won for the movie "Song of the South" in 1947. Lyrics were written by Ray Gilbert and the music composed by Allie Wrubel. It was sung by James Baskett(featured in clip).

"Mona Lisa" won for the movie "Captain Corey" in 1950. Music and Lyrics were done by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston. Performance by the legendary Nat King Cole.

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