Oscars flashback: Best Original Songs of the 1930s, including ‘Over the Rainbow,’ ‘The Way You Look Tonight’

Oscars flashback: Best Original Songs of the 1930s, including ‘Over the Rainbow,’ ‘The Way You Look Tonight’
This article marks Part 1 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the Academy Awards winners.

The 1934 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“Carioca” from “Flying Down to Rio

The Continental” from “The Gay Divorcee

“Love in Bloom” from “She Loves Me Not”

Won: “The Continental” from “The Gay Divorcee

Should’ve won: “Love in Bloom” from “She Loves Me Not”

The inaugural Best Original Song showdown included a mere three nominees – a far cry from the 10 nominations that would crowd this category a few years later, in 1938. Nominated were tracks from two Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers vehicles and then one, “Love in Bloom,” from an early Bing Crosby picture. None of the three songs are terribly memorable.
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