George Gershwin wrote for Broadway and Hollywood. Before his untimely death in 1937, George was nominated only once in the Oscar category for Best Song. And he lost.
Not a single song from A Damsel in Distress was nominated for Best Song of 1937. The winner was still "Sweet Leilani."
Before a brain tumor took his life at age 38, George Gershwin finished writing two numbers with his brother for The Goldwyn Follies that were eligible for Best Song of 1938 Oscar nominations. But the songs didn't make the cut. They were "Love Walked In" and "Our Love Is Here To Stay." The winner was "Thanks for the Memory," introduced by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross in Big Broadcast of 1938. It would become Hope's signature theme song.
Here's Fred Astaire's recording of "Nice Work If You Can Get It," a George Gershwin tune overlooked by Oscars. Hard to believe George got just one nomination. And lost.