Some of the most memorable Best Oscar winning or Oscar nominated songs of the sixties were written by the teams of: Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer, Burt Bacharach/Hal David and James Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn.
I’m sure you recognize all of these songs:
Best Songs 1960-1969
1960 Never on Sunday from the movie Never on Sunday Melinafilm, Lopert Pictures music and lyrics by Manos Hadjidakis
1961 Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s Paramount music by Henry Mancini Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
1962 Days of Wine and Roses from Days of Wine and Roses Warner Brothers, Music by Henry Mancini Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
1963 Call Me Irresponsible from Papa’s Delicate Condition Paramount Music by James Van Heusen, Lyrics by Sammy Cahn.
1964 Chim Chim Cher-ee from Mary Poppins, Disney. Music by Richard M Sherman lyrics by Robert B Sherman
1965 The Shadow of Your Smile from The Sandpipers MGM Music by Johnny Mandel Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
1966 Born Free from the movie Born Free Columbia. Music by John Barry. Lyrics by Don Black.
1967 Talk to the Animals from Doctor Doolittle. Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
1968 The Windmills of Your Mind The Thomas Crown Affair UA Music by Michel Legrand Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman
1969 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Music by Burt Bacharach Lyrics by Hal David
In 1960 a Special Award was given to Hayley Mills for the movie Pollyanna, for the most outstanding juvenile performance during 1960. This was the twelfth and last juvenile performer to receive a Miniature Statuette Hayley’s award was presented to her by the first recipient– Shirley Temple.
1962 was the first year an under 18 year old actor was allowed to compete in the regular nominating process. Sixteen year old Patty Duke won Best Supporting Actress for The Miracle Worker. Nine year old Mary Badham was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for To Kill a Mockingbird.