Actual Nominations: (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy): Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Henry Mancini El Cid – Miklós Rózsa Fanny – Morris Stoloff, Harry Sukman The Guns of Navarone – Dimitri Tiomkin Summer and Smoke – Elmer Bernstein
(Scoring of a Musical): West Side Story – Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal Babes in Toyland – George Bruns Flower Drum Song – Alfred Newman, Ken Darby Khovanshchina – Dimitri Shostakovich Paris Blues – Duke Ellington
The actual winners were Breakfast at Tiffany’s and West Side Story. Mancini has just the right mix of Jazz, class, and old Hollywood that this doesn’t feel irratating or dated, while West Side Story is renowned for, if nothing else, it’s music.
My Nominations: Again, I’m not differentiating between the groups but I don’t think I can do any better than the Academy this time, so my win goes to Breakfast At Tiffany’s.