Here’s a question…

Posted by · 2:38 pm · January 18th, 2009

…is it really safe to bet against John Williams?

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24 responses so far

  • 1 1-18-2009 at 2:49 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    No, but I’m not sure he’s ever deserved it less.

  • 2 1-18-2009 at 2:55 pm

    Ziyad Abul Hawa said...

    I think yes for this year… I think he’s not going to be nominated even.

  • 3 1-18-2009 at 3:01 pm

    Jake said...

    I hope so. Another important question: is it safe to bet against A.R. Rahman? I hope so, too.

  • 4 1-18-2009 at 3:02 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    This year it is. Too much old material ;). But actually, no. It’s very risky. Another interesting one is if they don’t wanna nominate Giacchino just because he’s there?

  • 5 1-18-2009 at 3:05 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Rahman is in. But I don’t want to feel totally stupid for not predicting Williams if he gets in. After all, he’s only missed, like, twice when he was eligible.

  • 6 1-18-2009 at 3:07 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Giacchino? What, for “Speed Racer?”


  • 7 1-18-2009 at 3:15 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Ha! I was just asking myself the same thing. And the answer I came up with was … no.

  • 8 1-18-2009 at 3:18 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I’m just wondering whether “The Dark Knight” can pull it off here. I mean, sure, they gave in and put it back into eligibility, but those guys are just going to refrain from voting for it anyway, right?

  • 9 1-18-2009 at 3:26 pm

    Vito said...

    This year, yes. I’d be surprised if he got nominated. But I’m all for giving John Williams as many Oscars as possible.

  • 10 1-18-2009 at 3:27 pm

    N8 said...

    “Rahman is in.”

    Is he? I don’t doubt that he certainly deserves to be, and the precursor love has definitely given him an edge, but I get the feeling that if Slumdog gets a surprise snub in any category, it’ll be this one. You know how exclusive those composers can be, and a number of them may deem his work to be more of an original “soundtrack” than an original “score”. I know it sounds barbaric to think that, but the fact is the music branch just may. I wouldn’t bet against him, but I’ve got a feeling this COULD be Slumdog’s big miss.

    As for Williams, no. Never bet against him. Like I said, you know how exclusive those composers can be. Even if he isn’t nominated, at least you won’t look like an idiot for predicting him. Everyone’s predicting him.

  • 11 1-18-2009 at 3:31 pm

    Speaking English said...

    My lineup:

    1. Alexandre Desplat for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

    2. Thomas Newman for “WALL-E”

    3. Danny Elfman for “Milk”

    4. Nico Mulhy for “The Reader”

    5. David Hirschfelder for “Australia”

    If that was the lineup, it would be heavenly.

  • 12 1-18-2009 at 4:16 pm

    Matt said...

    I think this could be the year John Williams misses out. In fact, I think Indy will be snubbed across the techs. With Iron Man, TDK and Button, no one seems to remember (or care) for Indy.

  • 13 1-18-2009 at 4:20 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Hirschfelder ain’t gonna happen, too much other music written by other composers and a big hubbub about the score not being released etc etc.
    Kris, I was just hypothesizing about Giacchino getting in with indeed Speed Racer since that’s the only thing he’s eligible for. It’s a fun score, but it’s more about the man than his work if he gets nominated.
    Anyhow, I’ve been feeling that Hans Zimmer might get a nod for Frost/Nixon rather then for TDK. Depends on the love. It would be cool however to have Zimmer and JNH both nominated seperately and together.

  • 14 1-18-2009 at 4:20 pm

    Chris said...

    I honestly don’t think there’s a safe bet apart from Alexandre Desplat. So in case of doubt: don’t bet against him – since the field seems to be wide open, he just seems so likely to get in.

  • 15 1-18-2009 at 4:25 pm

    Bryan said...

    Between 1967 and 2008, Williams has missed at least one nomination in eleven years, five of which he didn’t write anything. So of 42 years, he’s had AT LEAST 36 nominations. Never bet against Williams.

    Then again, Indy is redundant, but all three previous Indy scores got nominated, and Williams wasn’t around the last two years so Oscar may feel nostalgic.

    And the score picks are always funny if you ask me, throwing in oldies (like Williams) and newbies (like Alberto Iglesias for The Constant Gardner–really?).

    So…maybe, maybe not. It’s been since 1992 that Williams missed a nomination.

  • 16 1-18-2009 at 4:28 pm

    Glenn said...

    There’s really no reason to bet against him, is there? He’s been the sole nomination for films before, surely.

  • 17 1-18-2009 at 4:33 pm

    Bryan said...

    And as for The Dark Knight, don’t bet on it. I’m just not feeling it. Bet Williams over that.

  • 18 1-18-2009 at 4:45 pm

    Ben M. said...

    He is not a lock and I agree it is a very unmemorable score, but I still think he will make it in. Not only do they seem to nominate him for everything, but it has been three years since he has done a film score and with no projects directly upcoming, I’d bet they want to take this chance to recognize him.

  • 19 1-18-2009 at 6:03 pm

    JAB said...

    no projects directly upcoming? Harry Potter is coming out next summer, and if you’ve seen the trailer for that, the music seems way more epic than any of its predecessors, I think that series finally wins an oscar for it’s score next year.

  • 20 1-18-2009 at 6:58 pm

    Ben M. said...

    He just did the score for the first three Harry Potters, and his only credit for Half Blood Prince is the original themes (Nicholas Hooper who did HP5 is doing the score). There is no upcoming film he is attached to do the score for, I’m sure he’ll do the next Spielberg film, but that may be a while off.

  • 21 1-18-2009 at 8:51 pm

    Seth said...

    The Score was not that great to be honest

  • 22 1-18-2009 at 11:23 pm

    red_wine said...

    I would nominate Williams for an advertisement jingle. Crystal Skull is a very good score and definitely worthy of a nomination. Over all in recent times, the quality of film scores has gone down so miserably, we only get 2-3 great scores every year in mainstream movies, the rest are just filler, mainly to increase the nomination tally of Best Picture nominated movies.

  • 23 1-19-2009 at 5:23 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    The music for the US soldiers in Iraq featurette shown at the Democratic Convention was pretty good. Maybe he’ll get a nod for that ;).

  • 24 1-19-2009 at 3:10 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Oh and he composed some new music for tomorrow’s inauguration.