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  1. Be lucky you got at least one autograph. People here are still waiting for just one after years of trying. Don't forget the man is also very, very busy these days. As some of the more seasoned members of this site may know, I got three handwritten personal autographs in the mail from John Williams in 1995 and 1997. Each of them included a few notes from Jaws, Star Wars and Close Encounters. These were not done by some lackey. It was pretty clear these were done by the man himself. I also got an autographed photograph of him after writing to him telling him I was disappointed he lost the Oscar
  2. Um, Bean's Secret Cider Cellar? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9lWJAS9Qy0 Nah, that's not it. I know which one Trumpeteer's talking about. It also plays near the beginning, when Mr. Fox and Kylie are breaking into the chicken coop and shooting the blueberries at the dogs. I looked everywhere for it too, the closest thing I could find was "Plan B" from the Fantastic Mr. Fox - Additional Music from the Original Score CD. I don't think it's that exact cue, but it's pretty similar and features some of the same rhythmic ideas, along with some great banjo licks at the end. I thought "Plan B" had
  3. I created a thread for this question, but found no answer. Gonna try for an answer here: 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 a fun percussion theme that plays for about four minutes. Does anyone know where this cue can be found?
  4. I wonder if there is a message board for cinematography fans bemoaning Roger Deakins' ninth loss, and if they are saying Wally Pfister is a hack who didn't really do much for "Inception" other than know how to work his light meter. I have seen fan pages for the Coen brothers, and I am sure those are on fire now. I was surprised by the score win, because I thought Desplat would win in an awards sweep for "The King's Speech." But that sweep didn't happen. I do agree that film music has not been the same in the past five years. Such scores as "Up" and "Atonement" aside, the Academy has not had mu
  5. I agree with what's been said so far. I've dissected the opening music to Return of the Jedi, and I believe its unique sound details Luke's solo mission to bring down the Sith. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that only one trumpet playing most of Luke's theme? A solo trumpet, for the lone Jedi, the one person who can take down the Emperor. The opening of The Empire Strikes Back is very militaristic, more like a march than the original Star Wars theme, which is just a full-on orchestral orgasm of the highest magnitude. I wonder if John Williams and his orchestrating team had these id
  6. I cannot believe I forgot his birthday. I feel terrible. I'm usually on top of this, as I prepare for the annual John Williams Film Fest. My vacation this year really threw a lot of things off track. Happy birthday, Mr. Williams! Hope to meet you in person this summer!
  7. Marvin Hamlisch won Original Dramatic Score ("The Way We Were") and Score Adaptation ("The Sting") in the same year. He also was co-writer of the Original Song winner "The Way We Were." 3 Oscars on the same night?! That must be some kind of record. The only other person I know of to have done that is Jimmy C. Walt Disney won four in a year, winning both documentary awards and both short subject awards in 1954. Billy Wilder (The Apartment), Marvin Hamlisch (see above), Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather Part II), James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment), James Cameron (Titanic), Peter Jackson
  8. Marvin Hamlisch won Original Dramatic Score ("The Way We Were") and Score Adaptation ("The Sting") in the same year. He also was co-writer of the Original Song winner "The Way We Were." I thought the same thing, since I had not seen "The Red Violin" before the Oscars. But I think John Corigliano composed a beautiful score that works wonderfully in the film, writing a theme for the violin that connects all the stories. And to compose a score using only string instruments is a very cool achievement. As for "Angela's Ashes," it's an OK score to a sappy movie. I thought "American Beauty" would w
  9. That is why I put in the "other" option. BTW, I've heard the score to "Limelight" (and seen the film). It's actually quite good. Images is just too weird for most Academy members.
  10. Shakespeare in Love won the Original Musical or Comedy Score Oscar at the 1999 ceremony. Life is Beautiful won the Original Dramatic Score Oscar at the 1999 ceremony. It was the last year the music category was split. oh ok, I didn't realize there were two categories that year. They should still do that when there are films using that type of score. SPR didn't deserve to win any score award. I am mostly upset that Life is Beautiful was included in the dramatic score category. About 90 percent of the movie was comedic. If any of the other scores had won, I wouldn't have been screaming at Gee
  11. Shakespeare in Love won the Original Musical or Comedy Score Oscar at the 1999 ceremony. Life is Beautiful won the Original Dramatic Score Oscar at the 1999 ceremony. It was the last year the music category was split.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Could we possibly get previews of War Horse and Tintin at this concert?
  15. Be patient. We will be rewarded for surviving these dark times in a few months.
  16. 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."
  17. 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 “Co
  18. 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.
  19. 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 eno
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. I can't wait for 2011 and two original scores by John Williams that are sure to be better than anything composed this year.
  24. 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?
  25. 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.
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