The Academy music branch went the "bake-off" route this year to determine original song nominees, and the result was just three contenders, not five, for only the second time in the past 70 years.
A look at the original score, original song contenders.
Andre Previn, whose 11 Grammy awards are mostly for his work in the classical field, won his first two Grammys for movie soundtracks he supervised and conducted: Lerner & Loewe’s “Gigi” (1958) and…
John Williams earned two more Oscar nominations this year, tying the long-held record of 45 for the legendary Alfred Newman, composer on "Wuthering Heights," "The Song of Bernadette" and "All About…
Not so long ago, film composers worked in the time-honored fashion of putting little dots on score paper with a pencil -- and if they were pressed for time, they would write fewer notes and leave the…
"The Family Stone" is not your typical Christmas movie. While the focus is a quirky family mixture of both low-key and over-the-top personalities who gather for the holidays in snowy New England -- a…
The disappointment he suffered from having his "King Kong" score dropped doesn't diminish from Howard Shore's accomplishments for David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence."
Italian-born, London-based composer Dario Marianelli took his inspiration for "Pride & Prejudice" as much from Beethoven and Henry Purcell as from novelist Jane Austen and director Joe Wright's…
Can Alex Wurman beat the odds and become the first composer of a documentary score to be Oscar nominated since "Birds Do It, Bees Do It" in 1975?
This should have a very dreamy quality, very mysterioso. Winds, just keep it very delicate. Violins and violas, come in at bar 18 but pianissimo. I need a warm, muted sound. ..."
If John Williams asks to score your movie, do you turn him down? Probably not. In the case of "Memoirs of a Geisha," Rob Marshall wasn't about to say no to the multi-Oscar- and multi-Grammy-winning…