Tag: best original score

2022 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The Power of the Dog” (Twelve Nominations)

FILM #37 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“The Power of the Dog”MARCH 24, 2022NETFLIX DAY 45 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier Best Achievement in DirectingDirected by Jane Campion Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading RolePerformance by Benedict Cumberbatch Best Performance by an actor in … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The Power of the Dog” (Twelve Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Dune” (Ten Nominations)

FILM #34 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“DUNE”MARCH 20, 2022HBO MAX DAY 41 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Mary Parent, Denis Villeneuve and Cale Boyter Best Achievement in CinematographyCinematography by Greig Fraser Best Achievement in Costume DesignCostume Design by Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan Best Achievement in Film EditingEdited by Joe Walker Best Achievement in Makeup and … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Dune” (Ten Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [28] “Don’t Look Up” (Four Nominations)

FILM #28 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Don’t Look Up”MARCH 11, 2022NETFLIX DAY 32 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Adam McKay and Kevin Messick Best Achievement in Film EditingEdited by Hank Corwin Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)Composed by Nicholas Britell Best Achievement in WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)Screenplay by Adam McKayStory by Adam McKay … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [28] “Don’t Look Up” (Four Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Encanto” (Three Nominations)

FILM #12 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“ENCANTO”FEBRUARY 19, 2022DISNEY+ DAY 12 OF 48 BEST ANIMATED FEATUREProduced by Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)Composed by Germaine Franco Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original SONG)“Dos Oruguitas”Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Jared Bush … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Encanto” (Three Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Parallel Mothers” (Two Nominations)

FILM #3 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“PARALLEL MOTHERS”FEBRUARY 12, 2022SCREENER DAY 5 OF 48 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RolePerformance by Penélope Cruz Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)Composed by Alberto Iglesias “Telenovela” was the first word to come to mind after watching “Parallel Mothers.” And not because Penélope Cruz is a Spanish … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Parallel Mothers” (Two Nominations)

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Original Scores Considered for 94th Academy Award Nomination

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) SHORTLIST: “Being the Ricardos” — Daniel Pemberton “Candyman” — Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe “Don’t Look Up” — Nicholas Britell “Dune” — Hans Zimmer “Encanto” — Germaine Franco “The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun” — Alexandre Desplat “The Green Knight” — Daniel Hart “The Harder They Fall” — Jeymes Samuel “King Richard” — Kris Bowers “The Last Duel” — … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 15 Original Scores Considered for 94th Academy Award Nomination

2021 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Da 5 Bloods” — Best Original Score

DA 5 BLOODS BEST ORIGINAL SCORE Four African-American veterans – Paul, Otis, Eddie and Melvin – return to Vietnam with Paul’s son David to search for the remains of their fallen leader and the gold he helped hide. Terence Blanchard PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Terence Blanchard 2018 (91st) Best Original Score “BlacKkKlansman” WON RELEASE DATEJune 12, 2020 DIRECTORSpike Lee WRITTEN BYDanny BilsonPaul De MeoKevin … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Da 5 Bloods” — Best Original Score

2021 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Minari” (Six Nominations)

MINARI BEST PICTUREBEST DIRECTINGBEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLEBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) A Korean-American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream, and discovers the resilience of their family and what really makes a home. Christina Oh “Minari” is precisely the movie we need right now. With all the hate toward … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Minari” (Six Nominations)

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Original Scores Considered for 93rd Academy Award Nomination

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) SHORTLIST: “Ammonite” — Dustin O’Halloran and Volker Bertelmann “Blizzard of Souls” — Lolita Ritmanis “Da 5 Bloods” — Terence Blanchard “The Invisible Man” — Benjamin Wallfisch “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” — John Debney “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)” — Gabriel Yared “The Little Things” — Thomas Newman “Mank” — Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross “The Midnight Sky” … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 15 Original Scores Considered for 93rd Academy Award Nomination

2020 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” — Three Nominations

Every time a “Star Wars” film comes out and John Williams does the score, he gets nominated. The man now has 52 Academy Award nominations. Needless to say, he will not be winning his sixth Oscar this year, as the scores for “1917” and “Joker” are the front-runners.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Joker” — Eleven Nominations

Chances are, it’s not going to win Best Picture, as three other film (“1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” and “Parasite”) seem to have a bigger claim to it, but it’s definitely in the range of possibilities for Joaquin Phoenix to win for Best Leading Actor and Hildur Guðnadóttir to win for Best Original Score.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [18] “Little Women” — Six Nominations

Despite the uproar that director Greta Gerwig missed out on her directing nomination, “Little Women” holds very little chance of winning Best Picture. For one thing, it simply has not won anywhere else. On top of that, it’s been missing in places where it was favored to win, like the Writers Guild awards. The sympathy vote for Gerwig seems not existent and without that, it really stands no chance against the Big Three (“1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” and “Parasite”).

2020 Oscars Challenge: [17] “1917” — Ten Nominations

Experts place “1917” as the current odds-on favorite to win Best Picture. Apart of the “Big Three,” including “Parasite” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” “1917” leads them as the current front-runner. Right now, it seems the only way it won’t win is if “Parasite” ends up taking it all.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Marriage Story” — Six Nominations

In the Best Picture category, there are currently the “big three,” which are the films with the best shot at winning. “Marriage Story” is not one of them. They include “1917,” “Parasite,” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.” I would even say “The Irishman” falls in somewhere ahead of “Marriage Story” as well.

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Original Scores in the Final Round for the 92nd Academy Awards

The Best Original Score category has been narrowed down to fifteen contenders.

2019 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mary Poppins Returns” – Four Nominations

“MARY POPPINS RETURNS” Director: Rob MarshallProducers: Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc PlattWriter: David MageeBased On: “Mary Poppins” by P.L. TraversCinematography: Dion BeebeEditor: Wyatt SmithComposer: Marc ShaimanDistributors: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: December 19, 2018Budget: $130 millionRun-time: 130 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Michael Banks, now a widower with three children, and his sister Jane are astonished when their former nanny, Mary Poppins, suddenly returns one day. Aided … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mary Poppins Returns” – Four Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Black Panther” – Seven Nominations

“BLACK PANTHER”Kevin Feige Director: Ryan CooglerProducers: Kevin FeigeWriters: Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert ColeBased On: “Black Panther” by Stan Lee and Jack KirbyCinematography: Rachel MorrisonEditors: Michael P. Shawver and Debbie BermanComposer: Ludwig GöranssonProduction Company: Marvel StudiosDistributors: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: February 16, 2018Budget: $210 millionRun-time: 134 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: After the death of his father, Prince T’Challa returns to his African homeland of Wakanda, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Black Panther” – Seven Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [16] “BlacKkKlansman” – Six Nominations

“BLACKkKLANSMAN”Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, and Spike Lee Director: Spike LeeProducers: Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike LeeWriters: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike LeeBased On: “Black Klansman” by Ron StallworthCinematography: Chayse IrvinEditor: Barry Alexander BrownComposer: Terence BlanchardDistributor: Focus FeaturesRelease Date: August 10, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 135 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the early … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [16] “BlacKkKlansman” – Six Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Isle Of Dogs” – Two Nominations

“ISLE OF DOGS”Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson Director: Wes AndersonProducers: Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy DawsonWriter: Wes AndersonStory By: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi NomuraCinematography: Tristan OliverEditors: Ralph Foster and Edward BurschComposer: Alexandre DeplatDistributors: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: March 23, 2018Run-time: 101 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Twenty years in the future, the Japanese city of … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Isle Of Dogs” – Two Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [8] “If Beale Street Could Talk” – Three Nominations

“IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK”Regina King, Nicholas Brittel, & Barry Jenkins Director: Barry JenkinsProducers: Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, and Barry JenkinsWriter: Barry JenkinsBased On: “If Beale Street Could Talk” by James BaldwinCinematography: James LaxtonEditor: Joi McMillon and Nat SandersComposer: Nicholas BritellDistributors: Annapurna PicturesRelease Date: December 14, 2018Run-time: 117 minutes REGINA KING CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: Regina King portrays Sharon Rivers, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [8] “If Beale Street Could Talk” – Three Nominations

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Oscars Watch: 15 Original Scores Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred fifty-six scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The scores listed in alphabetical order by film title are: “Annihilation” – Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury “Avengers: Infinity War” – Alan Silvestri “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” … Read More Oscars Watch: 15 Original Scores Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

2018 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – 7 Nominations

“THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh Director & Writer: Martin McDonagh Producers: Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh Cinematography: Ben Davis Editor: Jon Gregory Composer: Carter Burwell Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: November 10, 2017 Run-time: 115 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Several months after the rape and murder of her teenage daughter, Mildred Hayes is so furious that … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – 7 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

“THE SHAPE OF WATER” Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Director: Guillermo del Toro Producers: Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Cinematography: Dan Laustsen Editor: Sidney Wolinsky Composer: Alexandre Desplat Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: December 1, 2017 Run-time: 123 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1962, janitor Elisa Esposito works at a classified government laboratory that tests new technology to help defeat the … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Dunkirk” – 8 Nominations

“DUNKIRK” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan Director & Writer: Christopher Nolan Producers: Emma Thomas & Christopher Nolan Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema Editor: Lee Smith Composer: Hans Zimmer Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Release Date: July 21, 2017 Run-time: 106 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the Spring of 1940, hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are trapped by German forces on the beaches of Dunkirk in … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Dunkirk” – 8 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – 4 Nominations

Director & Writer: Rian Johnson Producers: Kathleen Kennedy & Ram Bergman Cinematography: Steve Yedlin Composer: John Williams Editor: Bob Ducsay Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: December 15, 2017 Run-time: 152 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Resistance heroes Poe and Finn take daring measures to save their tattered fleet from extermination by the First Order. Across the galaxy, Rae pleads with Luke Skywalker to return … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – 4 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Phantom Thread” – 6 Nominations

“PHANTOM THREAD” JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi Director & Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson Producers: JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi Cinematography: Paul Thomas Anderson Editor: Dylan Tichenor Composer: Jonny Greenwood Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 25, 2017 Run-time: 130 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1950s London, middle-aged couturier Reynolds Woodcock is at the height of his … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Phantom Thread” – 6 Nominations

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Oscars Shortlist: 141 Original Scores Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

With 141 Original Scores in contention, it’s still anyone’s clue what will land a nomination, but with critics awards coming out, we know at least a few scores that are being awarded and could potentially breakthrough. Combine that with the list of films that have big name composers that the Academy likes and the films that will likely be nominated in several categories including … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 141 Original Scores Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

2017 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Jackie” (3 nominations)

Directed by: Pablo Larraín Written by: Noah Oppenheim Cinematography by: Stéphane Fontaine Music by: Mica Levi Distributed by: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: December, 2016 Budget: $9 million FILM SYNOPSIS: After her husband is assassinated in Dallas in 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy strives to maintain a public show of strength while grieving in private and caring for their two young children. As she searches for … Read More 2017 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Jackie” (3 nominations)

2017 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Jackie” – Best Original Score

“JACKIE” Mica Levi Directed by: Pablo Larraín Written by: Noah Oppenheim Cinematography by: Stéphane Fontaine Music by: Mica Levi Distributed by: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: December, 2016 Budget: $9 million   FILM SYNOPSIS: After her husband is assassinated in Dallas in 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy strives to maintain a public show of strength while grieving in private and caring for their two young children. … Read More 2017 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Jackie” – Best Original Score

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Oscars Shortlist: 145 Original Scores Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

“The Abolitionists” – Tim Jones “Absolutely Fabulous The Movie” – Jake Monaco “The Accountant” – Mark Isham “Alice through the Looking Glass” – Danny Elfman “Allied” – Alan Silvestri “Almost Christmas” – John Paesano “American Pastoral” – Alexandre Desplat “The Angry Birds Movie” – Heitor Pereira “Anthropoid” – Robin Foster “Armenia” – My Love” – Silvia Leonetti “Assassin’s Creed” – Jed Kurzel “Autumn Lights” … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 145 Original Scores Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

2016 Oscars Challenge: [35] “The Hateful Eight” – Best Original Score

THE HATEFUL EIGHT Ennio Morricone There are moments in “The Hateful Eight” that are completely defined by Ennio Morricone’s score. The opening sequence on the crucified Jesus statue as the horse and carriage travel in the distance is marked by that score and sets the tone for the entire film. There are moments when the score bolsters scenes that are not necessarily even that … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [35] “The Hateful Eight” – Best Original Score

2016 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Bridge Of Spies” – Best Original Score

BRIDGE OF SPIES Thomas Newman The paranoia and uneasiness of the Cold War are brought to life by Thomas Newman’s score for “Bridge Of Spies.” On top of being a period piece, the film itself is a re-teaming of Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, which brings about reminiscent qualities that are shared with the score. Pushing scenes like the final bridge exchange, the battle … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Bridge Of Spies” – Best Original Score

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [35] “The Hateful Eight” – 3 nominations

“THE HATEFUL EIGHT” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Richard N. Gladstein, Shannon McIntosh, and Stacey Sher // Directed by Quentin Tarantino // // Dated Viewed: Monday, February 22nd, 2016 // STREAM //  7 films – 7 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Bridge Of Spies” – 6 nominations

“BRIDGE OF SPIES” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, and Kristie Macosko Krieger // Directed by Steven Spielberg // // Dated Viewed: Sunday, February 14th, 2016 // DVD //  11 films – 15 days //

2016 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Sicario” – Best Original Score

SICARIO Jóhann Jóhannsson No other film score this year has gotten my heart pounding like the one of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s in “Sicario.” Mixing a rumbling orchestra with bending tones of tension and suspense, Jóhannsson crafts an incredibly unique and even once in a lifetime score that pumps through several key scenes, like the first trip into Juarez, the border incident, and the descending into … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Sicario” – Best Original Score

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Sicario” – 3 nominations

“SICARIO” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Basil Iwanyk, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Edward McDonnell, and Molly Smith // Directed by Denis Villeneuve // // Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 30th, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  22 films – 30 days //

2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Original Score

CAROL Cartel Burwell At its core, and as described in the Adapted Screenplay category as well, “Carol” is a love story. So Carter Burwell’s main drive in composing the score for “Carol” was to highlight those moments of discovering love, exploring the characters feelings for one another, and ultimately the characters acting on those feelings, all while trying to use of instruments relevant to … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Original Score

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – 6 nominations

“CAROL” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, and Christine Vachon //Directed by Todd Haynes // // Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 // LAEMMLE NOHO //  29 films – 37 days //

2016 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – Best Original Score

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS John Williams Let it be known, first of all, that composer John Williams, age 83, has been nominated by the Academy a total of fifty times following this nomination for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” On top of that already astonishing fact, Williams was nominated for his work on all three of the original “Star Wars” films and even … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – Best Original Score

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – 5 nominations

“STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J. J. Abrams, & Bryan Burk //Directed by J.J. Abrams // // Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 16th, 2016 // AMC CITYWALK 19 – IMAX 3D //  39 films – 44 days //

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Oscars Shortlist: 112 Original Scores Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards – Minus “The Revenant”

What basically becomes a list of all the films released this year, the only surprise is that “The Revenant” does not make the list. The score was produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, and Bryce Dessner, but for some reason it didn’t make the cut. Indiewire offers this: “Ryuichi Sakamoto’s score for “The Revenant” did not fit their criteria (they couldn’t separate out his … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 112 Original Scores Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards – Minus “The Revenant”

2015 Oscars Challenge: [16] Mr. Turner – Best Original Score

“MR. TURNER” FROM “MR. TURNER” Gary Yershon The score in “Mr. Turner” is the equivalent of giving a nomination to good elevator music. Not to say Gary Yershon’s score is bad, by any means, in fact it fits the period piece nature of the film perfectly, but that being said, there are multiple composers every year that put out similar original scores, offering to … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [16] Mr. Turner – Best Original Score

2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Original Score

“MOONSHINE” FROM “THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL” Alexandre Desplat As is the case were Wes Anderson to win Best Directing, if Alexandre Desplat wins Best Original Score, it will be because he is due. Now, whether you agree with the Academy people because they are due and not because of their particular merits on the given nominated film is your own opinion, but Desplat, who … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Original Score

2015 Oscars Challenge: [9] Interstellar – Best Original Score

“S.T.A.Y.” FROM “INTERSTELLAR” Hans Zimmer “Interstellar” is an emotionally gripping score, that not only accents the conflicting moments, like lead Matthew McConaughey’s big decision to leave his children for a trip to another galaxy to save the human race or major secrets revealed over the spaceship tape relay, but also adds to the science fiction element that all space odyssey’s must have. That tinge … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [9] Interstellar – Best Original Score

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Oscars Shortlist: 114 Original Scores Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

As with every year around this time, Best Original Score has barely been narrowed down, with 114 of the best scores still in contention. With 109 of these composers going home unhappy, the field is wide open for this one. The ones to watch out for are almost always the Academy favorites like Hans Zimmer (“Interstellar”), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (“Gone Girl”), and … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 114 Original Scores Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

2014 Oscars Challenge: [30] Her – Five Nominations

Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay “Her” was my favorite film of 2014. Not only is Joaquin Phoenix perfectly cast in the film, but the writing and production on screen is absolutely phenomenal. Capturing a future not too far off where a new operating system is released that has artificial intelligence and has its own personality, Phoenix’s introvert character, Theodore Twombly, begins a … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [30] Her – Five Nominations

2014 Oscars Challenge: [17] Gravity – Ten Nominations

Alfonso Cuarón & David Heyman “Gravity” surprised everyone this year, bringing a female driven, original screenplay, big budget blockbuster to the masses. Warner Brothers probably couldn’t be more pleased and could mark a back to back year for the studio with “Argo” winning last year. “Gravity” lands an amazing ten nominations, with a high chance of winning most of them including Best Visual Effects, … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [17] Gravity – Ten Nominations

2014 Oscars Challenge: [11] Saving Mr. Banks – One Nomination

Thomas Newman Many would say that “Saving Mr. Banks” was robbed in many of the categories of the Academy Awards this year, including not making the list for Best Picture and for Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks not making the cut for their respected acting awards. However, the one place the film does show up is Best Original Score, with composer Thomas Newman at … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [11] Saving Mr. Banks – One Nomination

2014 Oscars Challenge: [5] Philomena – Four Nominations

Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward “Philomena” is the true story of one Philomena Lee, an elderly woman who, for fifty years, kept a secret about having a son that was taken from her by nuns and adopted off to America for money. Now, paired up with a journalist, they follow the clues that could lead Philomena into find her long lost son. … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [5] Philomena – Four Nominations

2014 Oscars Challenge: [4] The Book Thief – One Nomination

John Williams When it comes to the Academy Awards, the way you can spot a true artist is that no matter what film it is that they worked on that year, that particular gets nominated, even if it is bringing the film that single nomination. The cinematography Roger Deakins is one of those artists, this year bringing “Prisoners” its one and only nomination. Deakins … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [4] The Book Thief – One Nomination

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Oscars Shortlist: 114 Original Scores Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: ONE-HUNDRED AND FOURTEEN ORIGINAL SCORES More of a reminder of what films were released this year, the 114 original scores will eventually be whittled down to five. Basically the who’s who of composing that we see every year, this year’s list has the big shots like Hans Zimmer considered for three different films (“12 Years A Slave”, “Man Of Steel”, “Rush”), … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 114 Original Scores Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [31] Life Of Pi – Eleven Nominations

LIFE OF PI BEST PICTURE As strong of a film as “Life Of Pi” is, I do not see it winning Best Picture. In my opinion it’s down to “Argo” and “Lincoln”, with one of them taking the major award. But that doesn’t mean “Life Of Pi” won’t clean up. It’s going to win several awards out of its eleven nominations and it will … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [31] Life Of Pi – Eleven Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [29] Skyfall – Five Nominations

SKYFALL BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY All I have to say is that this better be Roger Deakins’ year. He’s been nominated ten times now (complete list) and has never won a single Academy Award. Now, he has another shot this year with one of my favorite films of 2012, “Skyfall”, made immensely more enjoyable by the amazing cinematography. With a grandness and epic sense to the … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [29] Skyfall – Five Nominations

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Oscars Shortlist: 104 Original Scores Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

More of a list of every film that was released this year, which contained music (all of them), Best Original Score is hardly narrowed down. However, it is always fun getting new Oscar announcements, drawing us closer and closer to the day of the nominations. It is definitely anyone’s game in the music world. In a proverbial list of who’s who in the composing … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 104 Original Scores Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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For Your Consideration 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

Considering that the Best Picture rules were changed because of the backlash towards “The Dark Knight” not being recognized at the 2009 Academy Awards, it would be pressing to say that “The Dark Knight Rises” doesn’t at least have a chance of making the final cut. Regardless, the film should at least grab most of the technical nominations like both Sound Editing and Sound … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [38] Hugo & 11 Nominations

[9 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[7 DAYS TO OSCARS] If there is one film in the Best Picture category that could possibly knock out “The Artist” (which seems unlikely at this point), it would be “Hugo”. With Martin Scorsese at the helm (who has an Academy Award for Best Director from “The Departed”) and a stellar screenplay, “Hugo” has the most nominations of any … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [38] Hugo & 11 Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [29] The Adventures of Tintin & John Williams

[17 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[14 DAYS TO OSCARS] If any film was robbed this year (outside of the Documentary category and “Drive”), it would be Steven Spielberg’s second directing venture of the year, “The Adventures of Tintin”. Slated as one of the top competitors in the Best Animated Feature category against “Rango”, “Tintin” didn’t even get a nomination. If that wasn’t strange enough, … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [29] The Adventures of Tintin & John Williams

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [28] War Horse & 6 Nominations

[18 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[15 DAYS TO OSCARS] After five years, Steven Spielberg is back on the Oscar map, with a Best Picture nomination. Spielberg has previously had six films nominated for Best Picture and has only won a single Best Picture Academy Award for “Schindler’s List”. He’s also been nominated six times for Best Director, winning for “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [28] War Horse & 6 Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [17] Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy & 3 Nominations

[29 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[23 DAYS TO OSCARS] It’s going to be a tough year in the Best Adapted Screenplay category, not just because they are all worthy contenders, but because I really enjoyed them all and cannot pick a favorite. That being said, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” seems like one of the trickier concepts to get across when adapting the long form … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [17] Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy & 3 Nominations

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2011 Oscars Challenge: Inception

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Inception” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Social Network

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Social Network” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: How To Train Your Dragon

2011 Oscar Challenge: “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: 127 Hours

2011 Oscar Challenge: “127 Hours” (2010)
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2010 Oscars Challenge: Avatar

AVATAR Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Achievement in Directing Best Achievement in Cinematography Best Achievement in Editing Best Achievement in Art Direction Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Best Achievement in Sound Editing Best Achievement in Visual Effects For a long time, I waited to say my piece about Avatar (if … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Avatar

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Hurt Locker

THE HURT LOCKER Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Best Achievement in Directing Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Achievement in Cinematography Best Achievement in Editing Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Best Achievement in Sound Editing In the lead for … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Hurt Locker

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Sherlock Holmes

SHERLOCK HOLMES Up For: Best Achievement in Art Direction Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Do not let Sherlock Holmes’ lack of nominations steer you away from viewing this film, it was absolutely wonderful. Of course Robert Downey Jr. was fantastic (having not missed a beat since Iron Man). The film definitely deserves the two nominations it received. Positive that … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Sherlock Holmes