That old idea that good scores are supposed to be invisible, that you're not supposed to notice them, is a fallacy, says "Far From Heaven" director Todd Haynes.
"Gangs of New York" is favored to receive a song nomination for its end-title song, U2's "The Hands That Built America." But don't look for an original score nomination despite the Miramax ads…
1938 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” Imaginative swashbuckling of the old school, by a former child prodigy composer who developed into one of Hollywood’s finest craftsmen…
Any theater buff will tell you that no movie of a Broadway musical has been done right since "1776" 30 years ago.
Handicapping the Oscars is a parlor game that everyone likes to play, and when it comes to the music categories, Hollywood's composing community is no different. Everyone tries to guess the nominees…
Thirty-five years ago, Hollywood music was in the throes of change. The pioneers were gradually departing the scene. Max Steiner ("Gone With the Wind") had retired, Erich Wolfgang Korngold ("The Sea…
Once the favored whipping boy of civilized society, Eminem went a long way toward winning the respect of Middle America with his blockbuster film "8 Mile." But will the Academy Awards -- Hollywood's…
It's nothing new for musicians from the pop/rock world to vie for Oscar's best song, and talents from jazz and classical to score motion pictures. But in the wake of Golden Globes noms that pit two…
To promote the song-free "About Schmidt," New Line Records realized it needed to make as tight a connection as possible between the score and the film -- to provide something beyond a collection of…
If recent Oscar fields are any indication, Hollywood is no longer able to attract a wide range of top-ranking classical composers to write soundtrack music.