WON: "Lullaby of Broadway," Gold Diggers of 1935
SHOULD'VE WON: "Cheek to Cheek," Top Hat
It's tough to really knock "Lullaby of Broadway" - it's an iconic tune, later put to splendid use in Broadway's 42nd Street, and the musical number it's featured in in Gold Diggers is pretty captivating filmmaking. "Lovely to Look At" is also a fine effort, a charmer elevated to great heights by Irene Dunne's stunning vocal delivery.
With that said, "Cheek to Cheek" undoubtedly should've triumphed here, without question. It is one of the all-time loveliest, most smile-inducing songs ("heaven, I'm in heaven..."), performed pitch-perfectly by Fred and Ginger. Frankly, it might well prove to be of the greatest tunes ever nominated in this category. We shall see.
The Oscar-winners ranked (thus far):
- "Lullaby of Broadway," Gold Diggers of 1935
- "The Continental," The Gay Divorcee