Perennial Oscar snubee Danny Elfman gets another shot at missing the list with ‘Wolf Man’

Posted by · 3:21 am · August 25th, 2008

Danny ElfmanIt really is a shame that Danny Elfman hasn’t received the proper amount of recognition for the consistently screwed-up music branch of the Academy.  Well over two decades of quality work and three measly nods…neither of them for his top tier efforts.

This is a guy who put together probably the greatest film score of all time (and kudos to Andy Trudeau for agreeing with me).  At the very least he’s carved a spot as one of the most prolific (if at times derivative) composers in the industry, instantly recognizable and always working the thematic context of the films he scores.

Anyway, I just stumbled across the news that Elfman will be scoring Joe Johnston’s “The Wolf Man” (via /Film).  Personally I think it’s an awesome choice and a natural fit for Elfman.  I don’t know what sort of quality we can expect from the film, though.  Johnston took up the reins on the flick after Mark Romanek walked and makeup artist Rick Baker has already done his share of bitching about the on-set experience.  But I thnk we can all agree Elfman will elevate the atmosphere with his generally epic and creative work.

Before “The Wolf Man,” by the way, will be  Gus Van Sant’s “Milk.”  Elfman was nominated in 1997 for Van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting,” so maybe lighting will strike again.  Maybe.

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  • 1 8-25-2008 at 6:12 am

    Fei said...

    Just so you know, Andy Trudeau’s list appears to be in alphabetical order. So while he agrees that it’s one of the greatest scores ever, he might not necessarily think that it’s THE greatest… unless you actually heard him say that that’s what he thought.

  • 2 8-25-2008 at 8:23 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    No, he said it was his #1 pick in the broadcast actually. Just happens that “Batman” is at the top both in order of preference and alphabetically.

  • 3 8-25-2008 at 10:25 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Batman is a great score indeed. The Batcave cue is among the greatest ever.
    I’m not all too excited about The Wolfman though. Looks like another average affair from Elfman. My favorite score of his is probably Big Fish.