“The Way You Look Tonight” from Swing Time with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - only three years in and they’ve propelled two-thirds of the winners in this category. This song is by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, and truthfully, almost any song from this film is equally worthy.
This is really the first timeless song on this list. It makes people swoon in 2012 as easily as it did in 1936. It beat out two other equally timeless songs — “Night and Day” and “Pennies from Heaven” — as well as a few less memorable tunes. It’s worth noting that this song won on the strength of its simplicity — there’s no production number, just Fred at a piano. But it’s hard to argue with this one.
The first ever Best Song Oscar went to Con Conrad and Herb Magidson for “The Continental,” from The Gay Divorcee, the film version of the stage music Gay Divorce, the first in a proud tradition of songs-added-to-existing-scores to win.
Gay Divorce had a score by Cole Porter, but back in those days it was pretty common for film studios to hire new writers to add songs to film adaptations, even when you’re working with source material by a genius like Cole Porter.
Yesterday I logged onto OKCupid and sent a message closing all open conversations. Last night I sent an email telling one certain someone what I had done, asking if he was okay with the implications. He responded in kind. Today I deleted the app from my phone and canceled my evening plans with bachelor number other. Eep!