Every year at this time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' music branch is the biz's favorite whipping boy -- mainly because everyone has an opinion about music, and when the nominations…
Best Score Oscar nominees
Once upon a time, Oscars were routinely given to music directors who supervised the transition of musicals from Broadway to the movies (think "West Side Story," "The Sound of Music") or for the use…
Exactly how to recognize excellence in adapting pre-existing music for the film medium has plagued the Academy music branch from the very beginning. No category in Oscar history has been so endlessly…
Every year, it seems, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' music branch is embroiled in at least one controversy.
"No Country for Old Men" posed a creative challenge for composer Carter Burwell: Should there be any music at all? And if so, what should it say?
Earlier this year, French composer Alexandre Desplat was honored with a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination, for "The Painted Veil" and "The Queen," respectively (and won the L.A. Film Critics award…
Long typecast as a composer for horror and sci-fi (the "Scream" movies, "I, Robot"), Marco Beltrami may have finally broken out of that genre with music for a Western: James Mangold's remake of "3:10…
On a recent Wednesday morning, composer Alan Silvestri was conducting 102 of L.A.'s top musicians in the recording of his dark and powerful music for "Beowulf." The setting was the 7,200-square-foot…
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has moved to ban mailings of all "recordings, sheet music (and) musicvideos of eligible songs or scores" to members.
It seems like Marc Shaiman never stops. While he tinkers with the mix of the bigscreen adaptation of his smash Broadway musical "Hairspray" (opening July 20), he's also composing the score for the…