The Way You Look Tonight is a song featured in the film Swing Time, originally performed by Fred Astaire. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936. The song was sung to Ginger Rogers as Penelope "Penny" Carroll by Astaire's character of John "Lucky" Garnett while Penny was busy washing her hair in an adjacent room, and feeling anything but beautiful at the time. The song was written by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and has become a standard. Dorothy Fields later remarked, "The first time Jerry played that melody for me I went out and started to cry. The release absolutely killed me. I couldn't stop, it was so beautiful."
Billie Holiday recorded this song in the same year as the film; her version can be found on several collections including her Columbia box set from 2001. It has also been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Andy Williams, Chad & Jeremy, Bryan Ferry, Olivia Newton-John, Harry Connick, Jr., Rod Stewart, James Darren, Michael Bublé, Steve Tyrell, Joey McIntyre, Maroon 5, Ray Quinn, Kris Allen, and in the 1930s as a duet between Bing Crosby and his then-wife Dixie Lee. The song also gave The Lettermen their first hit in 1961, hitting #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.