Friday, October 12, 2012

Best Music: 1930s

Note: The Academy didn't create the music categories until 1934.

Best Original Score:

1930: Under the Roofs of Paris (Raoul Moretti and Vincent Scotto)

1931: City Lights (Charlie Chaplin)

1932: Vampyr (Wolfgang Zeller)
Note: Possible spoilers in clip

1933: King Kong (Max Steiner)

1934: The Lost Patrol (Max Steiner)
Oscar winner: One Night of Love (Louis Silvers,
Victor Schertzinger, Gus Kahn)
Was this nominated?: Yes

1935: The Bride of Frankenstein (Franz Waxman)
Oscar winner: The Informer (Max Steiner)
Was this nominated?: No

1936: Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin)
Oscar winner: Anthony Adverse (Leo Forbstein,
Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
Was this nominated?: No

1937: Lost Horizon (Dimitri Tiomkin)
Oscar winner: One Hundred Men and a Girl (Charles Previn)
Was this nominated?: Yes

1938: The Adventures of Robin Hood (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
Oscar winner: The Adventures of Robin Hood (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

1939: Gone with the Wind (Max Steiner)
Oscar winner: The Wizard of Oz (Herbert Stothart)
Was this nominated?: Yes

*1934-37 Oscar winners are from the Best Scoring category. 1938-39 Oscar winners are from the Best Original Score category.*

Best Original Song:

1930: "Falling in Love Again" - The Blue Angel

1931: "Toujours l'Amour in the Army" - The Smiling Lieutenant

1932: "Isn't It Romantic?" - Love Me Tonight

1933: "The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)" - Gold Diggers of 1933

1934: "The Continental" - The Gay Divorcee
Oscar winner: "The Continental" - The Gay Divorcee

1935: "Cheek to Cheek" - Top Hat
Oscar winner: "Lullaby of Broadway" - Gold Diggers of 1935
Was this nominated?: Yes

1936: "The Way You Look Tonight" - Swing Time
Oscar winner: "The Way You Look Tonight" - Swing Time

1937: "Heigh Ho" - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Oscar winner: "Sweet Leilani" - Waikiki Wedding
Was this nominated?: No

1938: "Now It Can Be Told" - Alexander's Ragtime Band
Oscar winner: "Thanks for the Memory" - The Big Broadcast of 1938
Was this nominated?: Yes

1939: "Over the Rainbow" - The Wizard of Oz
Oscar winner: "Over the Rainbow" - The Wizard of Oz

Updated: 9/5/14


  1. So glad to see City Lights on the list! Can't wait to see your next picks :)

    1. Thanks. Love City Lights, it's one of my favorites.

  2. I haven't seen a lot of these but Gone with the Wind definitely deserves a win, that score is amazing and very stirring.

    1. Isn't it? I can't believe it didn't win the Oscar.

  3. Man, these are going to be some tough tough lists. Can't wait to see what you pick! LOVE seeing City Lights here.

    1. Haha. THIS decade was quite tough, but the 1940s were a lot easier. (I've already done the post for them.)