Jimmy Napes, Sam Smith, winner 2015

The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given annually to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is presented to the songwriters who have composed the best original song written specifically for a film. The performers of a song are not credited with the Academy Award unless they contributed either to music, lyrics or both in their own right.

The award category was introduced at the 7th Academy Awards, the ceremony honoring the best in film for 1934. Nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers, and the winners are chosen by the Academy membership as a whole.

Best Original Song By Decade


7th Academy Awards (1934)

"The Continental" from The Gay DivorceeCon Conrad, Herb Magidson
"Carioca" from Flying Down to RioVincent Youmans, Edward Eliscu, Gus Kahn (came in 3rd)
"Love in Bloom" from She Loves Me NotRalph Rainger, Leo Robin (came in 2nd)

8th Academy Awards (1935)

"Lullaby of Broadway" from Gold Diggers of 1935Harry Warren, Al Dubin
"Cheek to Cheek" from Top HatIrving Berlin (came in 2nd)
"Lovely to Look At" from RobertaJerome Kern, Dorothy Fields Jimmy McHugh (came in 3rd)

9th Academy Awards (1936)

"The Way You Look Tonight" from Swing TimeJerome Kern, Dorothy Fields
"Did I Remember" from SuzyWalter Donaldson, Harold Adamson
"I've Got You Under My Skin" from Born to DanceCole Porter
"A Melody from the Sky" from Trail of the Lonesome PineLouis Alter, Sidney Mitchell
"Pennies from Heaven" from Pennies from HeavenArthur Johnston, Johnny Burke
"When Did You Leave Heaven" from Sing, Baby, SingRichard A. Whiting, Walter Bullock

10th Academy Awards (1937)

"Sweet Leilani" from Waikiki WeddingHarry Owens
"Remember Me" from Mr. Dodd Takes the AirHarry Warren, Al Dubin
"That Old Feeling" from Walter Wanger's Vogues of 1938Sammy Fain, Lew Brown
"They Can't Take That Away From Me" from Shall We DanceGeorge Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
"Whispers in the Dark" from Artists and ModelsFrederick Hollander, Leo Robin

11th Academy Awards (1938)

"Thanks for the Memory" from The Big Broadcast of 1938Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin
"Always and Always" from MannequinEdward Ward, Chet Forrest, Bob Wright
"Change Partners" from CarefreeIrving Berlin
"The Cowboy and the Lady" from The Cowboy and the LadyLionel Newman, Arthur Quenzer
"Dust" from Under Western StarsJohnny Marvin
"Jeepers Creepers" from Going PlacesHarry Warren, Johnny Mercer
"Merrily We Live" from Merrily We LivePhil Charig, Arthur Quenzer
"A Mist over the Moon" from The Lady ObjectsBen Oakland, Oscar Hammerstein II
"My Own" from That Certain AgeJimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson
"Now It Can Be Told" from Alexander's Ragtime BandIrving Berlin

12th Academy Awards (1939)

"Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of OzHarold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg
"Faithful Forever" from Gulliver's TravelsRalph Rainger, Leo Robin
"I Poured My Heart into a Song" from Second FiddleIrving Berlin
"Wishing" from Love AffairBuddy de Sylva


13th Academy Awards (1940)

"When You Wish upon a Star" from PinocchioLeigh Harline, Ned Washington
"Down Argentina Way" from Down Argentine WayHarry Warren, Mack Gordon
"I'd Know You Anywhere" from You'll Find OutJimmy McHugh, Johnny Mercer
"It's a Blue World" from Music in My HeartChet Forrest and Bob Wright
"Love of My Life" from Second ChorusArtie Shaw, Johnny Mercer
"Only Forever" from Rhythm on the RiverJames Monaco, John Burke
"Our Love Affair" from Strike Up the BandRoger Edens, Arthur Freed
"Waltzing in the Clouds" from Spring ParadeRobert Stolz, Gus Kahn
"Who Am I?" from Hit Parade of 1941Jule Styne, Walter Bullock

14th Academy Awards (1941)

"The Last Time I Saw Paris" from Lady Be GoodJerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II
"Baby Mine" from DumboFrank Churchill, Ned Washington
"Be Honest with Me" from Ridin' on a RainbowGene Autry, Fred Rose
"Blues in the Night" from Blues in the NightHarold Arlen, Johnny Mercer
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" from Buck PrivatesHugh Prince, Don Raye
"Chattanooga Choo Choo" from Sun Valley SerenadeHarry Warren, Mack Gordon
"Dolores" from Las Vegas NightsLou Alter, Frank Loesser
"Out of the Silence" from All-American Co-EdLloyd B. Norlind
"Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye" from You'll Never Get RichCole Porter

15th Academy Awards (1942)

"White Christmas" from Holiday InnIrving Berlin
"Always in My Heart" from Always in My HeartErnesto Lecuona, Kim Gannon
"Dearly Beloved" from You Were Never LovelierJerome Kern, Johnny Mercer
"How About You?" from Babes on BroadwayBurton Lane, Ralph Freed
"It Seems I Heard That Song Before" from Youth on ParadeJule Styne, Sammy Cahn
"I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" from Orchestra WivesHarry Warren, Mack Gordon
"Love Is a Song" from BambiFrank Churchill, Larry Morey
"Pennies for Peppino" from Flying with MusicEdward Ward, Chet Forrest, Bob Wright
"Pig Foot Pete" from Hellzapoppin'Gene de Paul, Don Raye[1]
"There's a Breeze on Lake Louise" from The Mayor of 44th StreetHarry Revel, Mort Greene

16th Academy Awards (1943)

"You'll Never Know" from Hello, Frisco, HelloHarry Warren, Mack Gordon
"A Change of Heart" from Hit Parade of 1943Jule Styne, Harold Adamson
"Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe" from Cabin in the SkyHarold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg
"My Shining Hour" from The Sky's the LimitHarold Arlen, Johnny Mercer
"Saludos Amigos" from Saludos AmigosCharles Wolcott, Ned Washington
"Say a Pray'r for the Boys Over There" from Hers to HoldJimmy McHugh, Herb Magidson
"That Old Black Magic" from Star Spangled RhythmHarold Arlen, Johnny Mercer[2]
"They're Either Too Young or Too Old" from Thank Your Lucky StarsArthur Schwartz, Frank Loesser
"We Mustn't Say Goodbye" from Stage Door CanteenJames Monaco, Al Dubin
"You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" from Something to Shout AboutCole Porter

17th Academy Awards (1944)

"Swinging on a Star" from Going My WayJames Van Heusen, Johnny Burke
"I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night" from Higher and HigherJimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson
"I'll Walk Alone" from Follow the BoysJule Styne, Sammy Cahn
"I'm Making Believe" from Sweet and LowdownJames V. Monaco, Mack Gordon
"Long Ago and Far Away" from Cover GirlJerome Kern, Ira Gershwin
"Now I Know" from Up in ArmsHarold Arlen, Ted Koehler
"Remember Me to Carolina" from Minstrel ManHarry Revel, Paul Webster
"Rio de Janeiro" from BrazilAry Barroso, Ned Washington
"Silver Shadows and Golden Dreams" from Lady, Let's DanceLew Pollack, Charles Newman
"Sweet Dreams Sweetheart" from Hollywood CanteenM. K. Jerome, Ted Koehler
"Too Much in Love" from Song of the Open RoadWalter Kent, Kim Gannon
"The Trolley Song" from Meet Me in St. LouisRalph Blane, Hugh Martin

18th Academy Awards (1945)

"It Might As Well Be Spring" from State FairRichard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
"Accentuate the Positive" from Here Come the WavesHarold Arlen, Johnny Mercer
"Anywhere" from Tonight and Every NightJule Styne, Sammy Cahn
"Aren't You Glad You're You?" from The Bells of St. Mary'sJames Van Heusen, Johnny Burke
"The Cat and the Canary" from Why Girls Leave HomeJay Livingston, Ray Evans
"Endlessly" from Earl Carroll VanitiesWalter Kent, Kim Gannon
"I Fall in Love Too Easily" from Anchors AweighJule Styne, Sammy Cahn
"I'll Buy That Dream" from Sing Your Way HomeAllie Wrubel, Herb Magidson
"Linda" from The Story of G.I. JoeAnn Ronell
"Love Letters" from Love LettersVictor Young, Eddie Heyman
"More and More" from Can't Help SingingJerome Kern, E. Y. Harburg
"Sleighride in July" from Belle of the YukonJames Van Heusen, Johnny Burke
"So in Love" from Wonder ManDavid Rose, Leo Robin
"Some Sunday Morning" from San AntonioRay Heindorf, M. K. Jerome, Ted Koehler

19th Academy Awards (1946)

"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" from The Harvey GirlsHarry Warren, Johnny Mercer
"All Through the Day" from Centennial SummerJerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II
"I Can't Begin to Tell You" from The Dolly SistersJames Monaco, Mack Gordon
"Ole Buttermilk Sky" from Canyon PassageHoagy Carmichael, Jack Brooks
"You Keep Coming Back Like a Song" from Blue SkiesIrving Berlin

20th Academy Awards (1947)

"Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" from Song of the SouthAllie Wrubel, Ray Gilbert
"A Gal in Calico" from The Time, the Place and the GirlArthur Schwartz, Leo Robin
"I Wish I Didn't Love You So" from The Perils of PaulineFrank Loesser
"Pass That Peace Pipe" from Good NewsRalph Blane, Roger Edens, Hugh Martin
"You Do" from Mother Wore TightsJosef Myrow, Mack Gordon

21st Academy Awards (1948)

"Buttons and Bows" from The PalefaceJay Livingston, Ray Evans
"For Every Man There's a Woman" from CasbahHarold Arlen, Leo Robin
"It's Magic" from Romance on the High SeasJule Styne, Sammy Cahn
"This Is the Moment" from That Lady in ErmineFrederick Hollander, Leo Robin
"The Woody Woodpecker Song" from Wet Blanket PolicyRamey Idriss, George Tibbles

22nd Academy Awards (1949)

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" from Neptune's DaughterFrank Loesser
"It's a Great Feeling" from It's a Great FeelingJule Styne, Sammy Cahn
"Lavender Blue" from So Dear to My HeartEliot Daniel, Larry Morey
"My Foolish Heart" from My Foolish HeartVictor Young, Ned Washington
"Through a Long and Sleepless Night" from Come to the StableAlfred Newman, Mack Gordon


23rd Academy Awards (1950)

"Mona Lisa" from Captain Carey, U.S.A.Ray Evans, Jay Livingston
"Be My Love" from The Toast of New OrleansNicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn
"Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" from CinderellaMack David, Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston
"Mule Train" from Singing GunsFred Glickman, Hy Heath, Johnny Lange
"Wilhelmina" from Wabash AvenueJosef Myrow, Mack Gordon

24th Academy Awards (1951)

"In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" from Here Comes the GroomHoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer
"A Kiss to Build a Dream On" from The StripBert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Oscar Hammerstein II
"[Never]]" from Golden GirlLionel Newman, Eliot Daniel
"Too Late Now" from Royal WeddingBurton Lane, Alan Jay Lerner
"Wonder Why" from Rich, Young and PrettyNicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn

25th Academy Awards (1952)

"High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')" from High NoonDimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington
"Am I in Love" from Son of Paleface' — Jack Brooks
"Because You're Mine" from Because You're MineNicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn
"Thumbelina" from Hans Christian AndersenFrank Loesser
"Zing a Little Zong" from Just for YouHarry Warren, Leo Robin

26th Academy Awards (1953)

"Secret Love" from Calamity JaneSammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster
"The Moon Is Blue (song)" from The Moon Is BlueHerschel Burke Gilbert, Sylvia Fine
"My Flaming Heart" from Small Town GirlNicholas Brodszky, Leo Robin
"Sadie Thompson's Song (Blue Pacific Blues)" from Miss Sadie ThompsonLester Lee, Ned Washington
"That's Amore" from The CaddyHarry Warren, Jack Brooks

27th Academy Awards (1954)

"Three Coins in the Fountain" from Three Coins in the FountainJule Styne, Sammy Cahn
"Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" from White ChristmasIrving Berlin
"The High and the Mighty" from The High and the MightyDimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington
"Hold My Hand" from Susan Slept HereJack Lawrence, Richard Myers
"The Man That Got Away" from A Star Is BornHarold Arlen, Ira Gershwin

28th Academy Awards (1955)

"Love Is a Many-Spendored Thing" from Love Is a Many-Splendored ThingSammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster
"I'll Never Stop Loving You" from Love Me or Leave MeNicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn
"Something's Gotta Give" from Daddy Long LegsJohnny Mercer
"(Love Is) The Tender Trap" from The Tender TrapJames Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn
"Unchained Melody" from UnchainedAlex North, Hy Zaret

29th Academy Awards (1956)

"Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" from The Man Who Knew Too MuchJay Livingston, Ray Evans
"Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)" from Friendly PersuasionDimitri Tiomkin, Paul Francis Webster
"Julie" from JulieLeith Stevens, Tom Adair
"True Love" from High Society — Cole Porter

30th Academy Awards (1957)

"All The Way" from The Joker Is WildJames Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn
"An Affair To Remember" from An Affair to RememberHarry Warren, Harold Adamson, Leo McCarey
"April Love" from April LoveSammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster
"Tammy" from Tammy and the BachelorRay Evans, Jay Livingston
"Wild Is the Wind" from Wild Is the WindDimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington

31st Academy Awards (1958)

"Gigi" from GigiFrederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
"Almost in Your Arms (Love Song from 'Houseboat')" from HouseboatJay Livingston, Ray Evans
"A Certain Smile" from A Certain SmileSammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster
"To Love and Be Loved" from Some Came RunningJames Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn
"A Very Precious Love" from Marjorie MorningstarSammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster

32nd Academy Awards (1959)

"High Hopes" from A Hole in the HeadJames Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn
"The Best of Everything" from The Best of EverythingAlfred Newman, Sammy Cahn
"The Five Pennies" from The Five PenniesSylvia Fine
"The Hanging Tree" from The Hanging TreeJerry Livingston, Mack David
"Strange Are the Ways of Love" from The Young LandDimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington


33rd Academy Awards (1960)

"Never On Sunday" from Never on SundayManos Hadjidakis
"The Facts of Life" from The Facts of LifeJohnny Mercer
"Faraway Part of Town" from PepeAndre Previn, Dory Langdon
"The Green Leaves of Summer" from The AlamoDimitri Tiomkin, Paul Francis Webster
"The Second Time Around" from High TimeJames Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn

34th Academy Awards (1961)

"Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany'sHenry Mancini, Johnny Mercer
"Love Theme From El Cid (The Falcon and The Dove)" from El CidMiklos Rozsa, Paul Francis Webster
"Pocketful of Miracles" from Pocketful of MiraclesJames Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn
"Town without Pity" from Town without PityDimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington

35th Academy Awards (1962)

"Days of Wine and Roses" from Days of Wine and RosesHenry Mancini, Johnny Mercer
"Song From Two For The Seesaw (Second Chance)" from Two for the SeesawAndre Previn, Dory Langdon
"Tender Is the Night" from Tender Is the NightSammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster
"Walk on the Wild Side" from Walk on the Wild SideElmer Bernstein, Mack David

36th Academy Awards (1963)

"Call Me Irresponsible" from Papa's Delicate ConditionJames Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn
"Charade" from CharadeHenry Mancini, Johnny Mercer
"It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" from It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldErnest Gold, Mack David
"More" from Mondo CaneRiz Ortolani, Nino Oliviero, Norman Newell
"So Little Time" from 55 Days at PekingDimitri Tiomkin, Paul Francis Webster

37th Academy Awards (1964)

"Chim Chim Cher-ee" from Mary PoppinsRichard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
"Dear Heart" from Dear HeartHenry Mancini, Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
"Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" from Hush...Hush, Sweet CharlotteFrank DeVol, Mack David
"My Kind of Town" from Robin and the 7 HoodsJames Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn
"Where Love Has Gone" from Where Love Has GoneJames Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn

38th Academy Awards (1965)

"The Shadow of Your Smile" from The SandpiperJohnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster
"The Ballad of Cat Ballou" from Cat BallouJerry Livingston, Mack David
"I Will Wait For You" from The Umbrellas of CherbourgMichel Legrand, Jacques Demy, Norman Gimbel
"The Sweetheart Tree" from The Great RaceHenry Mancini, Johnny Mercer
"What's New Pussycat?" from What's New Pussycat?Burt Bacharach, Hal David

39th Academy Awards (1966)

"Born Free" from Born FreeJohn Barry, Don Black
"Alfie" from AlfieBurt Bacharach, Hal David
"Georgy Girl" from Georgy GirlTom Springfield, Jim Dale
"My Wishing Doll" from HawaiiElmer Bernstein, Mack David
"A Time for Love" from An American DreamJohnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster

40th Academy Awards (1967)

"Talk to the Animals" from Doctor DolittleLeslie Bricusse
"The Bare Necessities" from The Jungle BookTerry Gilkyson
"The Eyes of Love" from BanningQuincy Jones, Bob Russell
"The Look of Love" from Casino RoyaleBurt Bacharach, Hal David
"Thoroughly Modern Millie" from Thoroughly Modern MillieJames Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn

41st Academy Awards (1968)

"The Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown AffairMichel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" from Chitty Chitty Bang BangRichard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
"For Love of Ivy" from For Love of IvyQuincy Jones, Bob Russell
"Funny Girl" from Funny GirlJule Styne, Bob Merrill
"Star!" from Star!Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn

42nd Academy Awards (1969)

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidBurt Bacharach, Hal David
"Come Saturday Morning" from The Sterile CuckooFred Karlin, Dory Previn
"Jean" from The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieRod McKuen
"True Grit" from True GritElmer Bernstein, Don Black
"What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" from The Happy EndingMichel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman


43rd Academy Awards (1970)

"For All We Know" from Lovers and Other StrangersFred Karlin, Robb Royer (aka Robb Wilson) and James Griffin (aka Arthur James)
"Pieces of Dreams" from Pieces of DreamsMichel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
"Thank You Very Much" from ScroogeLeslie Bricusse
"Till Love Touches Your Life" from MadronRiz Ortolani, Arthur Hamilton
"Whistling Away the Dark" from Darling LiliHenry Mancini, Johnny Mercer

44th Academy Awards (1971)

"Theme from Shaft" from ShaftIsaac Hayes
"The Age of Not Believing" from Bedknobs and BroomsticksRichard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
"All His Children" from Sometimes a Great NotionHenry Mancini, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
"Bless the Beasts & Children" from Bless the Beasts & ChildrenBarry DeVorzon, Perry Botkin, Jr.
"Life Is What You Make It" from KotchMarvin Hamlisch, Johnny Mercer

45th Academy Awards (1972)

"The Morning After" from The Poseidon AdventureAl Kasha, Joel Hirschhorn
"Ben" from BenWalter Scharf, Don Black
"Come Follow, Follow Me" from The Little ArkFred Karlin, Marsha Karlin
"Marmalade, Molasses & Honey" from The Life and Times of Judge Roy BeanMaurice Jarre, Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman
"Strange Are the Ways of Love" from The StepmotherSammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster

46th Academy Awards (1973)

"The Way We Were" from The Way We WereMarvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
"All That Love Went To Waste" from A Touch of ClassGeorge Barrie, Sammy Cahn
"Live and Let Die" from Live and Let DiePaul McCartney, Linda McCartney
"Love" from Robin HoodGeorge Bruns, Floyd Huddleston
"Nice To Be Around" from Cinderella LibertyJohn Williams, Paul Williams

47th Academy Awards (1974)

"We May Never Love Like This Again" from The Towering InfernoAl Kasha, Joel Hirschhorn
"Benji's Theme (I Feel Love)" from BenjiEuel Box, Betty Box
"Blazing Saddles" from Blazing SaddlesJohn Morris, Mel Brooks
"Little Prince" from The Little PrinceFrederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
"Wherever Love Takes Me" from GoldElmer Bernstein, Don Black

48th Academy Awards (1975)

"I'm Easy" from NashvilleKeith Carradine
"How Lucky Can You Get" from Funny LadyFred Ebb, John Kander
"Now That We're in Love" from WhiffsGeorge Barrie, Sammy Cahn
"Richard's Window" from The Other Side of the MountainCharles Fox, Norman Gimbel
"Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" from MahoganyMichael Masser, Gerry Goffin

49th Academy Awards (1976)

"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" from A Star Is BornBarbra Streisand, Paul Williams
"Ave Satani" from The OmenJerry Goldsmith
"Come to Me" from The Pink Panther Strikes AgainHenry Mancini, Don Black
"Gonna Fly Now" from RockyBill Conti, Carol Connors, Ayn Robbins
"A World That Never Was" from Half a HouseSammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster

50th Academy Awards (1977)

"You Light Up My Life" from You Light Up My LifeJoseph Brooks
"Candle on the Water" from Pete's DragonAl Kasha, Joel Hirschhorn
"Nobody Does It Better" from The Spy Who Loved MeMarvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager
"The Slipper and the Rose Waltz (He Danced with Me/She Danced with Me)" from The Slipper and the Rose—The Story of CinderellaRichard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
"Someone's Waiting for You" from The RescuersSammy Fain, Carol Connors, Ayn Robbins

51st Academy Awards (1978)

"Last Dance" from Thank God It's FridayPaul Jabara
"Hopelessly Devoted To You" from GreaseJohn Farrar
"The Last Time I Felt Like This" from Same Time, Next YearMarvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
"Ready To Take a Chance Again" from Foul PlayCharles Fox, Norman Gimbel
"When You're Loved" from The Magic of LassieRichard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman

52nd Academy Awards (1979)

"It Goes Like It Goes" from Norma RaeDavid Shire, Norman Gimbel
"I'll Never Say 'Goodbye'" from The PromiseDavid Shire, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
"It's Easy To Say" from 10Henry Mancini, Robert Wells
"The Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet MoviePaul Williams, Kenny Ascher
"Through the Eyes of Love" from Ice CastlesMarvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager


53rd Academy Awards (1980)

"Fame" from FameMichael Gore, Dean Pitchford
"9 to 5" from 9 to 5Dolly Parton
"On the Road Again" from Honeysuckle RoseWillie Nelson
"Out Here On My Own" from FameMichael Gore, Lesley Gore
"People Alone" from The CompetitionLalo Schifrin, Wilbur Jennings

54th Academy Awards (1981)

"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from ArthurBurt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross, Peter Allen
"Endless Love" from Endless LoveLionel Richie
"The First Time It Happens" from The Great Muppet CaperJoe Raposo
"For Your Eyes Only" from For Your Eyes OnlyBill Conti, Mick Leeson
"One More Hour" from RagtimeRandy Newman

55th Academy Awards (1982)

"Up Where We Belong" from An Officer and a GentlemanJack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Will Jennings
"Eye of the Tiger" from Rocky IIIJim Peterik, Frankie Sullivan III
"How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" from Best FriendsMichel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
"If We Were In Love" from Yes, GiorgioJohn Williams, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
"It Might Be You" from TootsieDave Grusin, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman

56th Academy Awards (1983)

"Flashdance... What a Feeling" from FlashdanceGiorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara
"Maniac" from FlashdanceMichael Sembello, Dennis Matkosky
"Over You" from Tender MerciesAustin Roberts, Bobby Hart
"Papa, Can You Hear Me?" from YentlMichel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
"The Way He Makes Me Feel" from YentlMichel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman

57th Academy Awards (1984)

"I Just Called To Say I Love You" from The Woman in RedStevie Wonder
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" from Against All OddsPhil Collins
"Footloose" from FootlooseKenny Loggins, Dean Pitchford
"Ghostbusters" from GhostbustersRay Parker, Jr.
"Let's Hear It for the Boy" from FootlooseTom Snow, Dean Pitchford

58th Academy Awards (1985)

"Say You, Say Me" from White NightsLionel Richie
"Miss Celie's Blues (Sister)" from The Color PurpleQuincy Jones, Rod Temperton, Lionel Richie
"The Power of Love" from Back to the FutureChris Hayes, Johnny Colla, Huey Lewis
"Separate Lives (Love Theme from 'White Nights')" from White NightsStephen Bishop
"Surprise, Surprise" from A Chorus LineMarvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban

59th Academy Awards (1986)

"Take My Breath Away" from Top GunGiorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock
"Glory of Love" from The Karate Kid Part IIPeter Cetera, David Foster, Diane Nini
"Life in a Looking Glass" from That's LifeHenry Mancini, Leslie Bricusse
"Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" from Little Shop of HorrorsAlan Menken, Howard Ashman
"Somewhere Out There" from An American TailJames Horner, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil

60th Academy Awards (1987)

"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from Dirty DancingFranke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz
"Cry Freedom" from Cry FreedomGeorge Fenton, Jonas Gwangwa
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" from MannequinAlbert Hammond, Diane Warren
"Shakedown" from Beverly Hills Cop IIHarold Faltermeyer, Keith Forsey, Bob Seger
"Storybook Love" from The Princess BrideWilly DeVille

61st Academy Awards (1988)

"Let the River Run" from Working GirlCarly Simon
"Calling You" from Bagdad CafeBob Telson
"Two Hearts" from BusterLamont Dozier, Phil Collins

62nd Academy Awards (1989)

"Under the Sea" from The Little MermaidAlan Menken, Howard Ashman
"After All" from Chances AreTom Snow, Dean Pitchford
"The Girl Who Used To Be Me" from Shirley ValentineMarvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
"I Love To See You Smile" from ParenthoodRandy Newman
"Kiss the Girl" from The Little MermaidAlan Menken, Howard Ashman


63rd Academy Awards (1990)

"Sooner Or Later (I Always Get My Man)" from Dick TracyStephen Sondheim
"Blaze of Glory" from Young Guns IIJon Bon Jovi
"I'm Checkin' Out" from Postcards from the EdgeShel Silverstein
"Promise Me You'll Remember" from The Godfather, Part IIICarmine Coppola, John Bettis
"Somewhere in My Memory" from Home AloneJohn Williams, Leslie Bricusse

64th Academy Awards (1991)

"Beauty and the Beast" from Beauty and the BeastAlan Menken, Howard Ashman
"Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the BeastAlan Menken, Howard Ashman
"Belle" from Beauty and the BeastAlan Menken, Howard Ashman
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" from Robin Hood: Prince of ThievesMichael Kamen, Bryan Adams, Robert John Lange
"When You're Alone" from HookJohn Williams, Leslie Bricusse

65th Academy Awards (1992)

"A Whole New World" from AladdinAlan Menken, Tim Rice
"Beautiful Maria of My Soul" from The Mambo KingsRobert Kraft, Arne Glimcher
"Friend Like Me" from AladdinAlan Menken, Howard Ashman
"I Have Nothing" from The BodyguardDavid Foster, Linda Thompson
"Run to You" from The BodyguardJud Friedman, Allan Rich

66th Academy Awards (1993)

"Streets of Philadelphia" from PhiladelphiaBruce Springsteen
"Again" from Poetic JusticeJanet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis
"The Day I Fall In Love" from Beethoven's 2ndCarole Bayer Sager, James Ingram, Clif Magness
"Philadelphia" from PhiladelphiaNeil Young
"A Wink and a Smile" from Sleepless in SeattleMarc Shaiman, Ramsey McLean

67th Academy Awards (1994)

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion KingElton John, Tim Rice
"Circle of Life" from The Lion KingElton John, Tim Rice
"Hakuna Matata" from The Lion KingElton John, Tim Rice
"Look What Love Has Done" from JuniorCarole Bayer Sager, James Newton Howard, James Ingram, Patty Smyth
"Make Up Your Mind" from The PaperRandy Newman

68th Academy Awards (1995)

"Colors of the Wind" from PocahontasAlan Menken, Stephen Schwartz
"Dead Man Walkin'" from Dead Man WalkingBruce Springsteen
"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" from Don Juan DeMarcoMichael Kamen, Bryan Adams, Robert John Lange
"Moonlight" from SabrinaJohn Williams, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
"You've Got a Friend in Me" from Toy StoryRandy Newman

69th Academy Awards (1996)

"You Must Love Me" from EvitaAndrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice
"Because You Loved Me" from Up Close and PersonalDiane Warren
"For the First Time" from One Fine DayJames Newton Howard, Jud J. Friedman, Allan Dennis Rich
"I Finally Found Someone" from The Mirror Has Two FacesBarbra Streisand, Marvin Hamlisch, Bryan Adams, Robert 'Mutt' Lange
"That Thing You Do!" from That Thing You Do!Adam Schlesinger

70th Academy Awards (1997)

"My Heart Will Go On" from TitanicJames Horner, Will Jennings
"Go the Distance" from HerculesAlan Menken, David Zippel
"How Do I Live" from Con AirDiane Warren
"Journey to the Past" from AnastasiaStephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens
"Miss Misery" from Good Will HuntingElliott Smith

71st Academy Awards (1998)

"When You Believe" from The Prince of EgyptStephen Schwartz
"I Don't Want To Miss a Thing" from ArmageddonDiane Warren
"The Prayer" from Quest for CamelotCarole Bayer Sager, David Foster, Tony Renis, Alberto Testa
"A Soft Place To Fall" from The Horse WhispererAllison Moorer, Gwil Owen
"That'll Do" from Babe: Pig in the CityRandy Newman

72nd Academy Awards (1999)

"You'll Be In My Heart" from TarzanPhil Collins
"Blame Canada" from South Park: Bigger, Longer & UncutTrey Parker, Marc Shaiman
"Music of My Heart" from Music of the HeartDiane Warren
"Save Me" from MagnoliaAimee Mann
"When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2Randy Newman


73rd Academy Awards (2000)

"Things Have Changed" from Wonder BoysBob Dylan
"A Fool In Love" from Meet the ParentsRandy Newman
"I've Seen It All" from Dancer in the DarkBjörk, Lars von Trier, Sjon Sigurdsson
"A Love Before Time" from Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonJorge Calandrelli, Tan Dun, James Schamus
"My Funny Friend and Me" from The Emperor's New GrooveDavid Hartley, Sting

74th Academy Awards (2001)

"If I Didn't Have You" from Monsters, Inc.Randy Newman
"May It Be" from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingEnya, Nicky Ryan, Roma Ryan
"There You'll Be" from Pearl HarborDiane Warren
"Until" from Kate & LeopoldSting
"Vanilla Sky" from Vanilla SkyPaul McCartney

75th Academy Awards (2002)

"Lose Yourself" from 8 MileEminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto
"Burn it Blue" from FridaElliot Goldenthal, Julie Taymor
"Father and Daughter" from The Wild Thornberrys MoviePaul Simon
"The Hands that Built America" from Gangs of New YorkU2 (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen)
"I Move On" from Chicago (2002)John Kander, Fred Ebb

76th Academy Awards (2003)

"Into the West" from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingFran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox
"Belleville Rendez-vous" from The Triplets of BellevilleBenoît Charest, Sylvain Chomet
"A Kiss At The End Of The Rainbow" from A Mighty WindMichael McKean, Annette O'Toole
"Scarlet Tide" from Cold MountainT-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello
"You Will Be My Ain True Love" from Cold MountainSting

77th Academy Awards (2004)

"Accidentally in Love" from Shrek 2Counting Crows (Adam Duritz, Charles Gillingham, Jim Bogios, David Immergluck, Matthew Malley, David Bryson, Daniel Vickrey)

winner = "Al Otro Lado Del Río" from The Motorcycle DiariesJorge Drexler

"Believe" from The Polar ExpressGlen Ballard, Alan Silvestri
"Learn to be Lonely" from The Phantom of the Opera (2004)Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart
"Look To Your Path" from The Chorus (Les Choristes)Bruno Coulais, Christophe Barratier

78th Academy Awards (2005)

"It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp" from Hustle & FlowJordan Houston, Cedric Coleman, Paul Beauregard
"In the Deep" from CrashKathleen "Bird" York, Michael Becker
"Travelin' Thru" from TransamericaDolly Parton

79th Academy Awards (2006)

"I Need to Wake Up" from An Inconvenient TruthMelissa Etheridge
"Listen" from DreamgirlsHenry Krieger, Scott Cutler, Anne Preven
"Love You I Do" from DreamgirlsHenry Krieger, Siedah Garrett
"Our Town" from CarsRandy Newman
"Patience" from DreamgirlsHenry Krieger, Willie Reale

80th Academy Awards (2007)

"Falling Slowly" from OnceGlen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
"Happy Working Song" from EnchantedAlan Menken, Stephen Schwartz
"Raise It Up" from August RushJamal Joseph, Charles Mack, Tevin Thomas
"So Close" from EnchantedAlan Menken, Stephen Schwartz
"That's How You Know" from EnchantedAlan Menken, Stephen Schwartz

81st Academy Awards (2008)

"Jai Ho" from Slumdog MillionaireA.R. Rahman, Gulzar
"Down To Earth" from WALL-EPeter Gabriel, Thomas Newman
"O Saya" from Slumdog MillionaireA.R. Rahman, M.I.A.

82nd Academy Awards (2009)

"The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from Crazy HeartRyan Bingham, T-Bone Burnett
"Almost There" from The Princess and the FrogRandy Newman
"Down in New Orleans" from The Princess and the FrogRandy Newman
"Loin de Paname" from Paris 36Reinhardt Wagner, Frank Thomas
"Take It All" from NineMaury Yeston


83rd Academy Awards (2010)

"We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3Randy Newman
"Coming Home" from Country StrongTom Douglas, Troy Verges, Hillary Lindsey
"I See the Light" from TangledAlan Menken, Glenn Slater
"If I Rise" from 127 HoursA.R. Rahman, Dido, Rollo Armstrong

84th Academy Awards (2011)

"Man or Muppet" from The MuppetsBret McKenzie
Real in Rio” from RioSergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett

85th Academy Awards (2012)

"Skyfall (song)" from SkyfallAdele Adkins, Paul Epworth
Chasing Ice — "Before My Time" by J.Ralph
Life of Pi — “Pi's Lullaby” by Mychael Danna, Bombay Jayashri
Les Misérables — "Suddenly" by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer, Alain Boublil
Ted — "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" by Walter Murphy, Seth MacFarlane

86th Academy Awards (2013)

"Let it Go" from FrozenKristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
"Happy" — Despicable Me 2 by Pharrell Williams
"The Moon Song" — Her by Karen O, Spike Jonze
"Ordinary Love" — Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom by U2

87th Academy Awards (2014)

Selma — "Glory" by John Legend, Common
The Lego Movie — “Everything is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson
Beyond the Lights — "Grateful" by Diane Warren
Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me — "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" by Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond
Begin Again — "Lost Stars" by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois

88th Academy Awards (2015)

Spectre — "Writing's on the Wall" by Jimmy Napes, Sam Smith
Fifty Shades of Grey — "Earned It" by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville, Stephan Moccio
Racing Extinction — "Manta Ray" by J. Ralph, Antony Hegarty
Youth — "Simple Song #3" by David Lang
The Hunting Ground — "Til It Happens to You" by Lady Gaga, Diane Warren


  1. This nomination is a mystery. Both the nominations list and the program from the Awards dinner list the song as being from Hellzapoppin', a 1942 release for Awards purposes. The song does not appear in that film, but did appear in Keep 'Em Flying, a 1941 release from the same production company and studio, and was therefore ineligible for a 1942 nomination.
  2. This song was nominated under the title "Black Magic," as it was submitted by Paramount's Music Department. Academy records have been changed to show the more common form of the title.