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  1. I think I did a poll like this a few years ago, but thought I'd resurrect it. Which of the choices was the worst pick for Best Original Score at the Oscars? The films listed in parentheses are the losing films. Personally, I will never get over the fact that Emma won Original Musical or Comedy Score over The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  2. Be patient. We will be rewarded for surviving these dark times in a few months. Jeff, do you mean few as in 10 months, or something less? Yes, I meant 10 months. I wasn't sure of the exact release dates.
  3. Could we possibly get previews of War Horse and Tintin at this concert?
  4. Be patient. We will be rewarded for surviving these dark times in a few months.
  5. Congrats to Maurizio for correctly predicting all five score nominees! As for the songs, I'm not shocked only four were nominated. I would have taken out the "Country Strong" song. I am not a fan of "If I Rise."
  6. The list will be revealed in about 16 hours. Here's what I think will be named in the music categories: Original Score 127 Hours Inception The King's Speech The Social Network Toy Story 3 Original Song Despicable Me I See the Light Rise We Belong Together You Haven't Seen the Last of Me UPDATE: The actual nominees are: Music (Original Score) * “How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell * “Inception” Hans Zimmer * “The King's Speech” Alexandre Desplat * “127 Hours” A.R. Rahman * “The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Music (Original Song) * “Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey * “I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater * “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong * “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman Full list here
  7. Starting at 9:28, I love the 12-second build to the cymbal crash. This is haunting. Gave me goosebumps. I listened to 30 minutes, paused it as I walked away from my computer, then listened to the rest.
  8. I can understand the beef with the non-original music that was used, but there was also ORIGINAL music and as a whole it was certainly one of the best uses of APPLIED MUSIC that year, regardless of where the music came from. Fantastic score for a beautiful film. That's like saying the person who picked out the music to use in "2001" should be in the same award category as the person who spent months writing his own music for a film. Before 1984, they used to have music categories for original score and score adaptation. I wouldn't mind if they went back to that, but I'm not sure there are enough score adaptations these days to justify the category. I am fine with "The Social Network" winning Original Score this year. It was done well in the film. No other score stands out for me this year. Just wait until next year...
  9. I think this is an interesting challenge. I would have dared to do this, but there are two circumstances in my life that will force me out of the competition. First, I do a four-hour round-trip commute each weekend, and without my iPod, I would fall asleep from boredom after 30 minutes each way. Second, I'm flying to Asia in a couple of weeks. I will need music to keep me sane when I've run out of free movies to watch on the plane. Good luck to everyone who makes it.
  10. In most years, there is at least one song that stands out and everyone knows it will win the Oscar. Last year it was "The Weary Kind." Two years ago it was "Falling Slowly." This year, nothing stands out. I think Alan Menken will win because his song is beautiful and takes place in the actual film. I'm anxious to see what the actual nominees are. If Justin Beiber's song from "The Karate Kid" is nominated, I will NEVER WATCH THE OSCARS AGAIN! I'm kidding, but that will truly be a sign of the apocalypse. Plus, it's a dull song.
  11. Because I do not have the score in front of me for perusal, is this the moment in the film when the stormtroopers set up the big gun to shoot at the Millenium Falcon before it escapes Hoth? It's the music that starts right when Han says "This baby's got a few surprises left in her, sweetheart." Yes, I do know the movie quite well. That rendition of the Imperial March always seemed off to me, since the two renditions just before it were pretty standard. But I don't think it was awkward. No visions of disco dancing stormtroopers for me.
  12. I can't wait for 2011 and two original scores by John Williams that are sure to be better than anything composed this year.
  13. I just finished watching "Fantastic Mr. Fox" for the fourth time. Such a fun film, and I've never really been a fan of Wes Anderson. One part of the score that I cannot find anywhere on iTunes is the cue played when they are rescuing Kristofferson from the Bean Annex. It's aa fun percussion theme that plays for about four minutes. Does anyone know where this cue can be found?
  14. Me, too. Me, too. That said, I've been very much looking forward to this movie. I know JW won't let us down with a very memorable theme for another American president.
  15. The movie as a whole was good. As for the score ...meh. I would have very much appreciated some kind of musical coherence through the film. Desplat missed out on a great opportunity to create a theme for the horcrux they spent most of the movie carrying around. It could have been low and brooding for a few scenes, then full-out when it was going to be destroyed. I really wanted a memorable musical moment from the film, but I don't remember one. I think Desplat was trying to be the anti-Williams when scoring, but he would have had an amazing opportunity with this film, and he pretty much wasted it.
  16. I didn't read any of the posts, for fear of inspiration. Here are the five tracks I would bring: "Star Wars" main title (Episode IV version) Escape/Chase/Saying Goodbye from "ET" Auschwitz/Birkenau from "Schindler's List" A Prayer for Peace from "Munich" The Clash of Lightsabers from "The Empire Strikes Back" These tracks would be picked on the assumption that the person asking me to pick the cues has never heard of John Williams before. If that is not the case (i.e. he knows of Williams' popular scores), I would replace only the "Star Wars" main title with Confluence from "Memoirs of a Geisha."
  17. Now that work has slowed down, I now have time to give my quick thoughts on the concert. I disagree that Saturday's audience was tepid. Lots of rowdy cheering, though mostly from the cheap seats. I agree that the sound effects on "Barrel Chase" were too loud. I could barely hear the cellos at times, and some of the best parts of the cue were muffled out. I barely watched the screens, since I know the scene very well, and it was great to see all the different parts of the orchestra doing their thing. What was really odd was hearing this cue in the car on the drive from Phoenix. My iPod was on shuffle, and once I heard it, I had to play it twice, so maybe I had the original version in my head too much. The orchestra stuck pretty close to it. I wanted some Harry Potter music, but I suppose we'll get that next year. Or maybe he won't play it because he knows when he talks about it, people (like me) might boo him for not working on the last installment. Once again, I waited after the concert for an autograph. There was another guy standing at the artists' entrance, and after about an hour, one of the security guards told us that John Williams never leaves through the artists' entrance. I was thinking about stalking through the parking garage on the lower level, but I decided against it. I didn't care about not getting the autograph. I just want to shake the man's hand. Can't wait until next year! Maybe we'll get a preview of "War Horse" or "Tintin."
  18. I voted for the End Credits without thinking. Since the version in the film's end credits is a trimmed version of "A Prayer for Peace," I picked that. I thought the concert version option was something entirely different. I'm switching my vote to the concert version. When I heard it for the first time at the end of "Munich," I got chills and almost broke down crying. It's one of the most beautiful compositions he's ever done.
  19. I'm driving from Phoenix to LA tomorrow morning for the concert! I can't wait!
  20. Hunchback got my vote. I remember sitting in the theater watching the opening and my jaw was on the floor at the end of "Bells of Notre Dame." How daring visually and musically, for a kids' film, to kill someone onscreen (Mufasa died offscreen) and to use Latin chants, which the target audience definitely would not understand. I thought "Circle of Life" and "Belle" were the best Disney movie openings ever, but that really topped it, and set up the whole movie. The fact that the Latin chants continued throughout the film sold me on the "Hunchback" score. And "Hellfire" should have been nominated for an Oscar. What a bold song. I wrote to Alan Menken shortly after he lost the Original Musical or Comedy Score Oscar for "Hunchback." He said working on the movie "was one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of my life, and words like yours validate that for me." I would say "Aladdin" is second. Robin Williams makes his songs wonderful ("Friend Like Me" is my all-time favorite song) and "Cave of Wonders" is an awesome score moment. "Beauty and the Beast" is a very, very close third. The instrumental score isn't as great as the song score, but it is one of his crowning achievements. It took me a while to like "Pocahontas," but it is indeed a great accomplishment, to not get too cutesy with the music for the animals, who thankfully don't talk. As for "The Little Mermaid," it holds a great place in my heart, because it was his first movie, but it doesn't hold up as well. The music sounds like it came from an animated movie. His later scores could have been put in a live-action version and would have fit just as well.
  21. I just bought my tickets to see John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl. I am going to be there for the Aug. 28 show. Can't wait! I went two years ago and had a blast, though I was unable to wait around for an opportunity to get an autograph and photo. But this year, I will not leave until they turn out the lights!
  22. I am hopeful that his enthusiasm with signing autographs carries over to Aug. 28 at the Hollywood Bowl.
  23. I noticed it, and was very upset by it. I was glad when Kate Winslet said "And the Oscar goes to..."
  24. Every year people trash the Oscars because the awards turn out to be predictable. And someone here (not going back to find out who) said they hope the Oscars return to a Return of the King-like year. You mean a year where one film takes just about everything? How exciting is that? Don't blame the Oscars for being predictable. Blame the 5,000 awards handed out throughout the year. If there weren't so many critics awards and peer awards, the Oscars would indeed have the same weight as it did in Titanic's year. Now, when Mo'Nique wins every award and makes the same type of speech every time, people groan and roll their eyes. But I was still thrilled to see her win. They could have Dane Cook or one of the Jersey Shore people host the show and I would still watch. I watch because I want to celebrate a great year in movies and be shocked when Geoffrey Fletcher's great screenplay flies under the radar for months, only to pull off a major shocker and make me smile and tear up a little. I watch because you still never know what's going to happen until the envelope is opened. (To this day, I mourn the Best Picture losses of "Saving Private Ryan" and "Brokeback Mountain.) Yes, there were dull moments, and once again they resurrected the interpretive dance segment (doing the robot for Up?), but I am interested in all 24 categories. I make it a point to watch every nominated Best Picture before the nominations. It takes me an hour to fill out my Oscar ballot. I try to think like an Academy member. I know I am in the major minority. Everyone else just wants the biggest moneymaker to win, or at least get a nomination. (Sorry folks, but I got a bigger emotional reaction from "The Reader" than "The Dark Knight.") And to see the hot people of Hollywood on their televisions. Yeah, that makes the show more fun. I groan at the people who say that this was another boring show. Another boring show? So, you continue to watch even though it's been consistently boring to you? Something tells me these people like watching others get their hands slammed into car doors. Congratulations to all the Oscar recipients. Even Sandra Bullock. And I was glad to see Hans Zimmer genuinely happy that Michael Giacchino won. They put all the score nominees in the same section, and Hans was the only one to be happy. Michael's speech was the best of the year. It reminded me of Steven Soderbergh's win for directing and his great speech that did not include a laundry list of people. So, I will let you continue your griping about the show. I will be back on my sofa next year, ballot and pen in hand, hoping for a "predictable" show, but always hoping for those surprises that happen every year. I'm sure all of you who call the show boring will watch next year, too. Don't deny it.
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