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Here, The Muse Of Film presents a list of past winners and nominees of the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress for the years since the Academy Awards began in 1928.

The haunting song you're hearing is called As Time Goes By, (words and music by Herman Hupfeld). The version you're hearing is sung by Dooley Wilson, who played the part of Sam, the piano player, in the movie Casablanca.

Remember Rick Blaine's immortal line, Play it again, Sam?


Visit the combined table of academy award winners now


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NOTE: The year displayed in the table is the year the film is released, not the year of the award.


oscar's Story

The first awards were made on May 16, 1929, but the name Oscar was not introduced until 1931.

Do you know the story of how Oscar got his name? No one is sure, but the commonly accepted tale is that Margaret Herrick, then an Academy librarian and later its executive director, thought that the oscar statue looked like her uncle Oscar.

award winners

The Muse is pleased to present the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress. You can find lists of award winners in two places:

the Combined Table Of Academy Awards

This table includes all Best film, Best Actor, and Best Actress awards from the inception of the Oscars in 1929 to the present. The table, which is searchable and sortable, allows you to use your computer to easily and quickly find, sort, print, and otherwise arrange items in the table, with or without searching.

pages for Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Actress

The Muse Of Film offers you a separate page dedicated to each award category. The page for a category lists only the award winners for its category and provides additional information about that category.

more About about the song as time goes by

Over the years, music has been as much a part of Academy Award-winning movies as their visual aspects. The haunting song you heard when this page opened is called As Time Goes By, (words and music by Herman Hupfeld). You may remember it as the theme song from the 1942 movie Casablanca (Best Picture, 1943). The version you're hearing is sung by Dooley Wilson, who played the part of Sam, the piano player ("Play it again, Sam."), is inspired by the movie.

  • For a rundown on the movie Casablanca, visit the Internet Movie Database (IMDb): click here.
  • For the story and background of Casablanca, visit the Reel Classics movie database: click here.

Hear different renditions of As Time Goes By as you see an all-time list of Academy Awards for:

about the Music

To The Muse Of Music, As Time Goes By seems to embody the essence of movies and the movie industry, wherever movies are made, whoever makes them. Lines like You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh, the fundamental things of life as time goes by... are forever with us. Love, passion, jealousy, and hate—these powerful emotions and all the other emotions are depicted somewhere or other in the vast movie corpus, as is much, much more of the human condition.

Many movie-goers would agree with The Muse. To many, this song, more than others, stirs feelings that lie deep within, makes a fundamental statement that goes beyond the song itself. As with any work of art that touches deeply, As Time Goes By has more to say than is conveyed solely by its notes and lyrics. This fact may account for why it is a perennial favorite, why so many recording artists have performed it in so many different renditions over so many years, why it seems to reveal so much. As Time Goes By lasts because it speaks with many different voices, resonates with many different audiences, and has so many different things to say.

the Refrain

Follow along as Dooley sings the refrain. (To play this song again, refresh page.)

As Time Goes By—the refrain


You must remember this,

A kiss is still a kiss,

A sigh is just a sigh;

The fundamental things apply,

As time goes by.

And when two lovers woo,

They still say, “I love you,”

On that you can rely;

No matter what the future brings,

As time goes by.

Moonlight and love songs

Never out of date,

Hearts full of passion,

Jealousy and hate.

Woman needs man

And man must have his mate,

That no one can deny.

It’s still the same old story,

A fight for love and glory,

A case of do or die!

The world will always welcome lovers

As time goes by.

the Verse

If you haven't yet heard the verse, listen to it now:

  • Listen as Tony Bennett sings the verse at The Muse Of Film's page called the Academy Awards—Best Film: click here.

Make these Visits to related Web Sites

  • Visit the Academy's web site: click here.
  • Explore the Academy's database. See winners in other categories, nominees for film, actor, actress who didn't receive the awards in their category, and lots more: click here.
  • See the story of the Awards as told by Filmsite: click here.
  • Explore the actors and film personalities who made Casablanca great. Explore the movie. See a slideshow of the actors, still frames from the picture, posters, behind the scenes shots, and more. Visit the Internet Movie Database web site: click here.

ETAF Recommends

  • Every year things change at the Academy. New books about the Awards are published periodically to keep up with these changes and old ones go out of print. If you want the most recent coverage, you'll need to check.
  • Here are a few references about the Awards that go back in time. Because of this, they are likely to remain in print for a while:
    •  75 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards (Seventy Years of the Oscar, 4th Ed)
      by Robert A. Osborne
    • All About Oscar: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards
      by Emanuel Levy
    • Inside Oscar, 10th Anniversary Edition
      by Mason Wiley (Author), Damien Bona (Author)
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    • Star Style at the Academy Awards: A Century of Glamour
      by Patty Fox, Bob Mackie (Introduction)
  • Acquire the music CDs and the movies played and displayed on these pages on DVD or video.




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