Friday, October 26, 2012

Best Music: 1950s

Best Original Score:

1950: Sunset Blvd. (Franz Waxman)
Oscar winner: Sunset Blvd. (Franz Waxman)

1951: A Christmas Carol (Richard Addinsell)
Oscar winner: A Place in the Sun (Franz Waxman)
Was this nominated?: No

1952: Sudden Fear (Elmer Bernstein)
Oscar winner: High Noon (Dimitri Tiomkin)
Was this nominated?: No

1953: Julius Caesar (Miklos Rozsa)
Oscar winner: Lili (Bronislau Kaper)
Was this nominated?: Yes

1954: On the Waterfront (Leonard Bernstein)
Oscar winner: The High and the Mighty (Dimitri Tiomkin)
Was this nominated?: Yes

1955: East of Eden (Leonard Rosenman)
Oscar winner: Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (Alfred Newman)
Was this nominated?: No

1956: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Carmen Dragon)

Oscar winner: Around the World in 80 Days (Victor Young)
Was this nominated?: No

1957: Sweet Smell of Success (Elmer Bernstein)
Oscar winner: The Bridge on the River Kwai (Malcolm Arnold)
Was this nominated?: No

1958: Vertigo (Bernard Herrmann)
Oscar winner: The Old Man and the Sea (Dimitri Tiomkin)
Was this nominated?: No

1959: North by Northwest (Bernard Herrmann)
Oscar winner: Ben-Hur (Miklos Rozsa)
Was this nominated?: No

Best Original Song:

1950: "Biddidi-Bobbidi-Boo" - Cinderella
Oscar winner: "Mona Lisa" - Captain Carey, U.S.A.
Was this nominated?: Yes

1951: "The Unbirthday Song" - Alice in Wonderland
Oscar winner: "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" - Here Comes the Groom
Was this nominated?: No

1952: "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')" - High Noon+
Oscar winner: "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')" - High Noon
1953: "You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!" - Peter Pan+

Oscar winner: "Secret Love" - Calamity Jane
Was this nominated?: No
1954: "The Man That Got Away" - A Star is Born+
Oscar winner: "Three Coins in the Fountain" - Three Coins in the Fountain
Was this nominated?: Yes
1955: "Bella Notte" - The Lady and the Tramp+
Oscar winner: "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing" - Love is a Many-Splendored Thing
Was this nominated?: No
1956: "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" - The Man Who Knew Too Much
Oscar winner: "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" - The Man Who Knew Too Much
1957: "An Affair to Remember" - An Affair to Remember
Oscar winner: "All the Way" - The Joker Is Wild
Was this nominated?: Yes
1958: "Almost in Your Arms" - Houseboat

Oscar winner: "Gigi" - Gigi
Was this nominated?: Yes
1959: "My Rifle, My Pony and Me" - Rio Bravo
Oscar winner: "High Hopes" - A Hole in the Head
Was this nominated?: No

+ Possible spoilers in the High Noon, Peter Pan, The Lady and the Tramp, and A Star is Born clips

Updated: 7/24/14


  1. I had no idea "Biddidi-Bobbidi-Boo" from Cinderella was nominated for Oscar, such a fun song, love that one, I grew up w/ Disney movies! Leonard Bernstein is a genius isn't he? I listen to classical radio and his name always comes up.

    1. His On the Waterfront score is brilliant, but I need to check out more of his work.

  2. So many great choices here. For score: mad props to your picks for A Place in The Sun, High Noon and Vertigo. Love all those.

    Song: Cinderella!! Dig it.

    1. Thanks man. I don't know how Vertigo wasn't nominated, but at least Cinderella was! :)