Quincy Jones wasn't the first black composer to score a studio film.
Quincy Jones wasn't the first black composer to score a studio film (that honor belongs to Duke Ellington on 'Anatomy of a Murder'). But it was Jones who really broke the color barrier for composers…
Conventional wisdom nowadays is that movie soundtrack albums do not sell. Labels count themselves lucky if they manage to move a few thousand copies of each. Yet, within the past few weeks, the…
Conventional wisdom nowadays is that movie soundtrack albums do not sell. Labels count themselves lucky if they manage to move a few thousand copies of each.
After years of scoring indie/arthouse fare including "The Sweet Hereafter," "Girl, Interrupted" and "Little Miss Sunshine," Canadian composer Mychael Danna's profile has risen considerably with his…
Composer John Williams, who turns 81 today, has the most Oscar nominations of any living individual: The original-score nomination for "Lincoln" is his 48th, and he has won five times.
Composer Thomas Newman knew that scoring "Skyfall," the 23rd James Bond movie and the one marking the 50th anniversary of the 007 franchise, would be a challenge. But he didn't realize how big a task…
After years of criticism about its often strange and unfathomable choices in the song category, the Academy's music branch finally dumped its confusing numerical grading in 2012 and returned to the…
"Anna Karenina" marks the third original-score nomination for Italian-born, London-based composer Dario Marianelli. "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement" preceded it, the latter won, and all three have…
The collision of cultures that figures so prominently in "Argo" was the inspiration for Alexandre Desplat's evocative score.