In the past, the hoopla surrounding the Academy Awards often translated into the usual suspects, especially when it came to actors. Names like Streep, Nicholson, Sarandon and Foster seemed to pop up…
Technically speaking, Oscar has three categories for music. But this year, there will be only two -- original score and original song -- and it probably will remain the case for the foreseeable…
Oscar's best song picks tend to play it safe, says the old saw. Traditional songwriters, popular ballads, middle-of-the-road recording personalities tend to receive the noms, year after year, at the…
Everybody has a favorite scoring stage. Often, composers defer to the scoring mixers to decide which room will provide the best sound for the specific needs of a score and a film. Sometimes, the…
Dave Grusin and Earle Hagen were honored for their musical contributions to film and TV by the American Society of Music Arrangers & Composers Friday night at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.
Composer Lalo Schifrin was honored with the Film Music Society's career achievement award Friday night at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
Composer-orchestrator Arthur Morton, who worked in movie music for more than six decades, died April 15, at his Santa Monica home. He was 91 and had been in deteriorating health since suffering a…
A triumphant Roman general returns home to the sounds of a barbaric march and a choir chanting in Latin. An emperor throws a lavish party with a swing band performing. Two nasty punks play pool and…
The only two movies Thomas Newman scored last year turned out to be among the year's most talked-about: "American Beauty" and "The Green Mile." They were also two singular experiences in Newman's…