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2014 Oscar Nominations for Music


This is the first year in a long time that I don’t have a favorite film that I’m rooting for going into the Oscars. There were films that I enjoyed (THE IMITATION GAME) and that surprised me in a good way (AMERICAN SNIPER) but then there were the inevitable overrated entries that left me scratching my head (BOYHOOD) or loathing (BIRDMAN). For such a lackluster year, the Academy came up with some surprises (and not) in the Music categories, which, as usual, are the only categories I truly care about….

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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 months of watching, listening, prognosticating and spending way too much time thinking about this topic, it’s all over with within a matter of minutes. Today is the day we get to see the results of…

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2012 Oscar Nominations for Music

on October 19, 2009 in Santa Clarita, California.

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 how little the Oscars matter. In the great scheme of life, perhaps that is true. But their ability to shine the spotlight on film music for even a few minutes should be applauded, no matter…

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2011 Oscar Nominations for Music

Ocsar Statues

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 all the films in those two categories (plus every single nominee for Best Picture, Directing and acting), firsts all the way around. What does this mean in the great scheme of things? Not a bloody…

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97 Scores Vie for Oscar

Academy Awards

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 surprise to see it missing. Arguably the biggest omission is Cliff Martinez’s score for DRIVE, which has garnered numerous precursor critical awards so far. The five nominees will be voted on from the list below….

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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, there are a lot of songs and films on this list I have not heard or seen. And an eligibility list is certainly no indication of quality. It just means these 39 songs have passed…

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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 for the 83rd Academy Awards: BEST ORIGINAL SONG “Coming Home” from COUNTRY STRONG (Music and Lyrics by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey) “If I Rise” from 127 HOURS (Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyrics…

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77 Film Scores Eligible for Oscar

Oscar Statue

Those who have followed my posts since this time last year may have noticed that I didn’t write about the endless array of precursor critic awards leading up to the Oscar nominations. Frankly, I got bored and decided to forgo it this season. (I can hear the collective hurrah from here.) Ultimately, for those of us who care about all this awards madness, it all comes down to the Academy’s list. The Academy always posts a press release about the eligible songs, but never the scores. Thankfully, Jon Burlingame over…

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41 Songs Warble for Oscar 2010


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its list of songs eligible for this year’s Oscar for “Best Original Song.” This year’s annual “bake-off” which take place on January 6, in which voting members of the Music Branch will meet to watch clips from each of the nominated songs from the list below. A song must receive an average score of 8.25 to be nominated for an Oscar. If only one song receives that score, then the next two highest scores underneath that will be the other two…

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Rainy Days and Tuesdays

Rainy Days

Karen Carpenter said it best: “Rainy days and Mondays always get you down…” And she was so right. Yesterday and today have both been grey days here in New York City–outside and inside. After a weekend that saw the demise of my laptop–which also resulted in a dime-sized hole (yes, hole) on the knuckle of the pinky of my right hand when I tried to “fix” it (what was I thinking?!)–I was all set with a fairly dark blog post for today. Then I found this cool new feature for…

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