OSCAR GUIDE: Best Music (Original Score)

Posted by · 11:26 am · February 26th, 2010

For years the composers of the music branch tended to be a bit insular. Impressive newcomer talent was often ignored while the usual suspects showed up year after year. Not long ago, there seemed to be a shift, yielding slates much like the one we have for 2009. There is one first-timer, but other nominees […]

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2/26 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:34 am · February 26th, 2010

• Maria Puente on the wide array of villains represented by the year’s Oscar nominations. [USA Today] • Bill Mechanic tells Sharon Waxman that the Oscarcast will be “emotional.” [The Wrap] • Not movie related, but FYI, Batman’s is still bigger. [Hero Complex]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: Composer symposium, part one

Posted by · 2:30 pm · February 25th, 2010

When you’re a film music composer as prolific as Hans Zimmer, unique soundtrack flavors can be a bit elusive. But with Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes,” Zimmer found them, pushing the boundaries of what’s acceptable with action film scores in the process. But the work isn’t without its inspirations. There seem to be bits of Danny […]

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12/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:25 am · December 2nd, 2009

• Edna Gundersen talks to Sir Paul McCartney about his musical addition to Kirk Jones’s “Everybody’s Fine.” [USA Today] • In praise of the opening sequence of Michael Mann’s “Ali.” [The Auteurs Notebook] • Pete Hammond reports from Monday night’s premiere of “Up in the Air.” [Notes on a Season]

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12/1 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:35 am · December 1st, 2009

• Pete Hammond reports on a last minute surge to get “Iron Cross,” Roy Scheider’s final film, into Oscar contention. [Notes on a Season] • Gregory Ellwood takes note of the season’s box office champs so far: “Inglourious Basterds” and “Up.” [Awards Campaign] • Geoff Boucher talks to “Avatar” composer James Horner. [Hero Complex]

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James Horner’s “epic” and “hugely cinematic” score for ‘Avatar’

Posted by · 10:07 am · October 7th, 2009

One of the contenders we’ve certainly had an eye on in this year’s Oscar race is James Horner, composer of the score for James Cameron’s “Avatar.” The last time the duo worked together was the last time Cameron made a movie, and 1997’s “Titanic” brought in a massive Oscar haul that included a statue for […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Original Score — Volume I

Posted by · 10:51 am · September 2nd, 2009

As long as humanity has been recording history, music has been immensely important in society. Not only can it be joyous and entertaining, but it can capture the mood and feel of a time and a place. Cinema has been no exception in this regard. The creation of original music for a film is awarded […]

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