In a year that contains some of the best songs written for films in recent memory, the nominating process will face more scrutiny than ever and could render even fewer choices
Composer Alan Silvestri faced a monumental challenge when director Robert Zemeckis asked for "a classic Christmas song" at the end of his 3D re-imagining of "A Christmas Carol."
"The Princess and the Frog" passed muster with the traditionally restrictive music branch's exec committee.
One of the elements that distinguishes "How I Met Your Mother" from other sitcoms is its surprising and often clever use of music.
Mounting a film adaptation of a Broadway musical is never easy, but when the original songwriter is still around and asked to participate, it can be both thrilling and devastating.
The music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweaked the song rules again this year, but the impact may be minimal and it won't appease the crowd that has been clamoring for an…
Still one of the most original voices on the U.S. film scene, 10-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman supplied a sparse, intimate score for Jim Sheridan's "Brothers."
Seven years ago, "Chicago" became the first musical in more than three decades to win Oscar's top prize. Now, "Chicago's" director Rob Marshall is back with another Broadway smash-turned-Oscar…
Fifty or 60 years ago, it was not unusual to see the name of the composer right up next to that of the producer or director in a movie's opening credits -- Max Steiner on "Casablanca," for example…
Right now they're calling themselves the Assn. of Media Composers and Lyricists. If hundreds of Hollywood tunesmiths have their way, the AMCL could soon be part of Teamsters Local 399.
And the Oscar for Most Prolific Composer of 2009 goes to: Alexandre Desplat.