Academy Award 1961

Mercer's Academy Award for Best Song for "Moon River," 1962.

 Academy Awards

Throughout his career, Johnny Mercer earned 18 Academy Award nominations and went on to win 4 awards. Mercer received Academy Awards for Best Original Song for the following:

  • "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" with Harry Warren for The Harvey Girls, 1946
  • "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" with Hoagy Carmichael for Here Comes the Groom, 1951
  • "Moon River" with Henry Mancini for Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961
  • "Days of Wine and Roses" with Henry Mancini for Days of Wine and Roses, 1962

Mercer received a nomination for Best Original Song Score for "Darling Lili" in 1971 and received several nominations for Best Original Song for:

  • "Life is What You Make It" in 1972
  • "Whistling Away the Dark" in 1971
  • "The Sweetheart Tree" in 1966
  • "Charade" in 1964
  • "The Facts of Life" in 1961
  • "Something’s Gotta Give" in 1956
  • "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" in 1946
  • "That Old Black Magic" in 1944
  • "My Shining Hour" in 1944
  • "Dearly Beloved" in 1943
  • "Blues in the Night" in 1942
  • "I’d Know You Anywhere" in 1941
  • "Love of My Life" in 1941
  • "Jeepers Creepers" in 1939


Golden Globe Award

Mercer's Golden Globe Award for "Whistling Away the Dark," 1971.

Golden Globe Awards

Johnny Mercer won two Golden Globe Awards. He won awards for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for:

  • "Life Is What You Make It," written by Mercer and Marvin Hamlisch, 1972
  • "Whistling Away the Dark," written by Mercer and Henry Mancini, 1971

He was also nominated for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for 1966's "The Sweetheart Tree," which was also written with Henry Mancini.