When Sondre Lerche wrote the song "To Be Surprised," he was sitting on the set of "Dan in Real Life," waiting to give guitar lessons to Steve Carell, the film's star.
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?
It's hard out there for a studio music chief. Budgets for music in films are shrinking, and execs are being forced to get creative by using unknown artists, eschewing soundtrack deals and eliminating…
These are flush times artistically for film music, with epic scores back in vogue and newer voices only growing in authority. What's more, composers sympathetic to the unconventional seem to be…
Once upon a time, animated films relied on music far beneath the artistic standard of their live-action contemporaries. In some cases, as in Walt Disney's "Silly Symphonies" shorts, the compositions…
Marc who? It's a reaction "American Gangster" audiences can be forgiven when encountering the name Marc Streitenfeld, the film's composer. On a movie this deluxe, employing an unfamiliar composer was…
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…
Sometimes a film composer, in order to impose his or her own personal stamp, will ignore the most apparent musical stylings dictated by a movie's mise en scene.
A sample of what's contending for the category of best song.