"The High and the Mighty" from The High and the Mighty
music by Dimitri Tiomkin
lyrics by Ned Washington
** / disqualified
"The Man That Got Away" from A Star is Born
music by Harold Arlen
lyrics by Ira Gershwin
"Hold My Hand" from Susan Slept Here
Completely forgot about this moment, this song - but not the movie. It's a romantic-comedy about a 35-year-old screenwriter who weds a 17-year-old transient to keep her out of trouble. Lord have mercy. The song's not bad, though. It's fine.
"Three Coins in the Fountain" from Three Coins in the Fountain
music and lyrics by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
we;ll talk more about the movie when we do Best Picture (oh, how we'll talk!), but this tune, performed over the opening titles by an uncredited Frank Sinatra, is....cute! It's certainly memorable. Very nice, very nicely done.
"Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)" from White Christmas
music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
Oh wow, watching this movie for the first time in four years was a great reminder of why it's a classic. what a gem! As for the song, I love it, even if the lyric where it's implied his "blessings" are his kids make absolutely no sense in this context.
"Three Coins in the Fountain" was a bona fide radio hit, so you better believe it won. Here's Dean Martin performing it on the broadcast:
For me, it's not even a question, no thinking required, my vote goes to
ARLEN & GERSHWIN
"THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY"
A STAR IS BORN