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  1. That has to be the most un-Bond Bond song of all time. Not a fan.
  2. Okay . . . they could've skipped the speech and just done the movie clips. That was pretty funny.
  3. The Big Short is probably the nominated movie I most regret missing to this point. Annnnnd . . . here we go with the political crap.
  4. Wow . . . interesting how they're playing it by order this year. Nice change of pace. Jeez--could they have chosen more drab and nondescript examples from what are supposed to be the best screenplays of the year? Got awkward for him, too. This has to be the toughest hosting job on earth. Even the best performers freeze up a bit every year.
  5. Works for me. Not so much for the audience, though. The Hollywood left has absolutely no idea how to take being called racist.
  6. This is good. By hitting it hard, and up front, he's letting everyone laugh it off. Made a great point about the whole Actor/Actress thing.
  7. Pretty good opening montage. This has always been one of my favorite elements of the Oscars. He shaved. Huh. Great opening line. I think it's good they're getting this out of the way right off the bat.
  8. Apparently so. Looks like it's about to get rolling, too. (I never watch the red carpet crap.) The only prediction I'm making at this point is that they'll use Horner's music for the In Memoriam segment.
  9. Ditto. I don't see why these people think their voices matter more than anyone else's (guess it's the egos). We're here to honor and celebrate your achievements in film, not your opinions, so give it a rest already.
  10. Uni


    Me neither. Aside from Hugh JACKMAN (who was a surprisingly talented and classy showman), I haven't really enjoyed a host since the golden days of Crystal. That's my question too. Actually, one of the best parts of watching the ceremonies over the past few years has been the live commentary we do here. Makes it a more tolerable experience.
  11. Missed seeing this earlier. Slocombe was a master. He made us feel the humidity of the jungle, the smoky chill of the Nepalese tavern, and the heat of the desert in Raiders. He managed to strike the perfect balance between a stylized and documentary feel with that movie. He was as important to its success as Spielberg (and Williams, for that matter). Exactly, and well put. He'll be missed.
  12. Agreed on that, too. A couple of pieces represent the best of that score--which is, granted, some terrific material--but the majority of it is forgettable. I think Horner did a much better job of spreading the good stuff around a lot further and to better effect in A Perfect Storm. You've got four months. Take your time!
  13. Actually, that was my first reaction as well. It wasn't until the second or third time for me that the spark went off . . . and then I couldn't get enough of it for a while. Couldn't agree more. Being Horner, when he knew he was onto something he played it out as far as he could; but you don't mind that so much when the melodies he's onto are so fantastic. I also don't think I'm mistaken in believing these were excellent themes that he managed to resist giving prominent places in other films. I mean, there are other themes that resemble it (Deep Impact comes to mind first)--hey, it's him, right?--but he never gave them Bicentennial Man-level reprises elsewhere.
  14. Can't believe that. (Not that it's absent from your best-of list, but that you'd say it's nowhere near it.) I still haven't seen the movie, and it's on my top 10. Interesting. Most people had a much harder time with the top 10 pieces than they did with the scores.
  15. Wow . . . I really meant to post the results of this poll along with the other one back in July, but somehow it didn't happen. Oh, well. Since the voting has now reopened for Horner's top ten scores, we'll just bump this one up and let everyone resume thinking on it. If you originally posted in this thread but would like to change your ordering, make sure you post again. I've still got the spreadsheet I used for all of these, so I can make any changes necessary. Results will be published on June 19th, along with the other one.
  16. Last June and July, we conducted another Top 10 poll, this time for Mr. Horner (in memorial of his sudden passing). The original Williams Top 10 threads spent months collating everyone's picks; last year, I posted the results after only 3 weeks. Some folks thought that was too short a time to reassess the man's body of work (and there was some disagreement about the tabulation of the results, too). We agreed it would be better to try again after the new year. So here we are, well into the new year and just a few days shy of the Academy Award "In Memoriam" that will feature Horner's smile (and, very likely, his music to accompany it). This time we're going to make sure we do it right. We have just under 4 months until the first anniversary of the maestro's passing, which gives everyone exactly the same amount of time to vote. I'm going to collate and post the results on June 19th, so there'll be no excuses this time around about not having enough time. (I trust a lot of you have been revisiting his material since last summer anyway.) If you haven't changed your mind on anything, just go back to the last thread, copy your list, and post it here. I will NOT be pulling any information from that thread myself, so if you want your vote counted this time around, you have post in this thread. The rules are the same as always. Post your ten favorite James Horner scores (or the ones you consider his best) IN ORDER, starting with your favorite first, second favorite next, etc. You can number them if you like; if you don't, I will assume the order you place them in is how you want them scored. That's pretty much it. If you can't come up with ten you've heard, list as many as you know and like; the top spot will still be given the same number of points as anyone else's. Also, as before, you're welcome to just post a list of titles if you'd like, but feel free to add some commentary on why you've chosen any or all of your scores, why you've ordered them the way you have, or even just how you react to the music when you hear it. We have a lot more time for this kind of thing now, so share your memories of the man's music and the impressions its had on you over the years. On a side note . . . I was a bit surprised to go back and see that I never actually posted the results of the poll for James Horner's Top 10 PIECES that was running concurrently with the other one. Instead of restarting that machine from scratch, I'm just going to bump the original thread and allow it to continue alongside this one. I'll posts the results for both on the same day.
  17. That's the big one. If I found out they were going to do "R&H" in place of the second one, I'd probably be on a plane in November.
  18. I posed this question myself in a reply to the FB post earlier this morning. It was really just noodling on my part--wondering out loud whether they would treat the audience to "Resolution and Hyperspace" during the climactic moments at the end. To my surprise, I got a reply less than ten minutes later: "Sorry to say, but we have no information concerning the actual score that will be played. For such information we advise you to contact the performers or concert venue." Not sure who the performers will be (other than those Penderecki, Khachaturian, Shostakovich and Mosolov guys Sharky mentioned, and I don't have their emails). But it's possible getting in touch with the venue could get an answer. I tend to agree with Incanus, though: I doubt they'll be going through the fairly monumental task of trying to sync up the original concept music with a movie that was further edited afterward. It would require the arrangers to make their own creative decisions as to how to transition through the changes, what to cut out or expand on, etc. Too much work for an event like this . . . and if they were inclined to do it, I imagine they would make it a big part of their advertising promo (Horner's original composition performed LIVE!). If I were to learn that they were actually doing it, though, I'd consider that worth hauling the Mayflower out of mothballs and sailing back over for the viewing. . . .
  19. Mad? No. But I will be taking your case up with the proper authorities. I have to admit, those are pretty passable creds. (Personally, though, I get in some Penelope and John Goldfarb, just to make it look better on the audit. . . .)
  20. For various (and some unrelated) reasons, I've actually listened to all of these (one track or another, by Josh's own definition) in the last month--with the exception of War Horse, which I haven't given much attention to in the last six months or so. All the others are still warm in my mind. A few too many "nevers" on these lists. Who let you people in here, anyway. . . ?
  21. Uni


    No Jack Baeur . . . no real interest.
  22. Most people overlook that one. He was a better ghost than Swayze was in Ghost.
  23. Ah--THAT'S where I got mixed up. Forget what I said, then. It's doubtful the majority of voters will pay any attention to the FYC's (beyond pricing them out as bootlegs). And they'll probably take just the approach nightscape was talking about: recalling the Star Wars main theme, shrugging it off, and giving the award to someone else. And if the whole Academy votes, I think Thomas Newman's chances just went up. Morricone may be a sentimental favorite, but folks aren't going to be remembering "music" when they think back to The Hateful Eight. Bridge of Spies will get some traction in other categories, and the Newman family name still has plenty of pull.
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