Okay, I’m running out of steam so we’ll close tonight’s exploration of Best Original Song Oscar-winners with the end of the 1950s. 1959 saw another award going to a Cahn-Van Heusen collaboration performed by Frank Sinatra: “High Hopes.” Which also happens to be a karaoke favorite of mine.
Fuck you, Bing Crosby. There’s a new king crooner! Frank Sinatra’s rendition of the Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn title song for Three Coins in the Fountain bests Crosby’s rendition of “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Also in the running? “The Man That Got Away.”
I love me some Jule Styne/Frank Sinatra collaboration, but I think Oscar got it wrong. “The Man That Got Away” is head and shoulders above the rest of them. Oh, well. On the other hand, this was Cahn’s first win after 8 previous nominations. He would go on to be one of the champions in this category, tying at the top of the heap with four wins, along with Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, and Alan Menken.