2013 Oscar Nominations for Music

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… No, not Christmas. Meh. Oscar Season! And for a confirmed Oscar obsessive such as myself, this is arguably the most important day of the year for me. (Sad, huh?) From a purely selfish standpoint, forget the ceremony itself. What matters is the actual nominations. After months and… More


114 FIlm Scores Eligible for Oscar

Last year it was 104, this year it’s 114. The list grows ever larger when it comes to scores eligible for the Academy Awards. As usual there are some unusual titles, omissions and surprises. Just because a score is on this list doesn’t immediately award it a badge of quality .(Neither does an Oscar nomination… More

on October 19, 2009 in Santa Clarita, California.

2012 Oscar Nominations for Music

The Oscars are arguably the most derided award in film music. Why? Because it has the farthest reach and the biggest impact on the general public at large. Film music fans get all bent out of shape when a particular score is not nominated (me included) and will bitch and moan on message boards about… More

Oscar Statue

75 Songs Vie for Oscar

Buh-bye ridiculous AMPAS rules. The original songs eligible for this year’s Academy Awards face a less daunting nomination process than in year’s past. Gone are the confusing stipulations that nominated songs needed to receive a random average point grade of 8.25 or above to qualify for nomination. DVD copies of the song clips will be sent to… More

Oscar Statues

104 Film Scores Eligible for Oscar

It’s that time of year again. As the guilds and critic groups begin to weigh in on their selections for the best of 2012, all eyes are on the Academy Awards in February. And though film music doesn’t get much traction at those awards, I take them very seriously. Why? For the same reason I… More

Ocsar Statues

2011 Oscar Nominations for Music

In 35 years of watching and obsessing over the Oscars, 2011 turned out to be my best year yet in terms of seeing potential nominees prior to the nominations announcement. This year, I own all of the Best Original Score AND Best Song nominees (a ridiculous obsession that still hasn’t abated) and I have seen… More

Academy Awards

97 Scores Vie for Oscar

At 97, this year’s slate of Academy Award-eligible film scores is mighty hefty. And yet even with this many scores, there are still some glaring omissions. Hans Zimmer took himself out of the running so RANGO, KUNG FU PANDA 2 and SHERLOCK HOLMES are ineligible. Howard Shore’s A DANGEROUS METHOD reinterprets Wagner so it’s no… More


39 Songs Eligible for Best Song Oscar

Back in the summer, I posted on Facebook how excited I was to find two songs from films that I thought should be up for this year’s Academy Award. And those two songs–“Star Spangled Man” (CAPTAIN AMERICA) and “So Long” (WINNIE THE POOH)–will now vie against 37 others for Oscar’s five nomination slots. As usual,… More

Golden Globes

Awards Madness

As you may have noticed, I didn’t bother posting all the awards madness this past season. (I can hear the cheers from here!) My Oscar obsession demanded that I cover those particular nominations, but I’ve spared you a blow-by-blow accounting of all the precursor awards. So let’s do a little wrap up. First, two sets… More


2010 Academy Award Music Nominees

Today is one of the most important days of the year for me–the Oscar nominations. Sure, it’s ridiculous, but after 35 years, it’s hard to break such a well-entrenched obsession, I mean tradition. I was all set to spit fire if John Powell wasn’t nominated…but I’m getting ahead of myself. Here are the music nominees… More