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What would have been your Oscar choice for Best Original Score? (70's)


What would have been your Oscar choice for Best Original Score? (70's)  

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  1. 1. 1970 (Original Score)

    • Love Story by Francis Lai (Official Winner)
    • Airport by Alfred Newman
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    • Cromwell by Frank Cordell
      0
    • Patton by Jerry Goldsmith
    • Sunflower by Henry Mancini
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    • Story of a Woman by John Williams (not nominated)
    • None of them
  2. 2. 1970 (Original Song Score)

    • Let it Be by The Beatles (Official Winner)
    • The Baby Maker by Fred Karlin & Tylwyth Kymry
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    • A Boy Named Charlie Brown by Rod McKuen, Uncle John, Bill Melendez, Al Shean & Vince Guaraldi
    • Darling Lili by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
    • Scrooge by Leslie Bricusse, Ian Fraser & Hervert W. Spencer
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    • None of them
  3. 3. 1971 (Original Dramatic Score)

    • Summer of '42 by Michel Legrand (Official Winner)
    • Mary, Queen of Scots by John Barry
    • Nicholas and Alexandra by Richard Rodney Bennett
    • Shaft by Isaac Hayes
    • Straw Dogs by Jerry Fielding
      0
    • None of them
  4. 4. 1971 (Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score)

    • Fiddler on the Roof by John Williams (Official Winner)
    • Bedknobs and Broomsticks by Sherman Brothers & Irwin Kostal
      0
    • The Boy Friend by Peter Maxwell Davies & Peter Greenwell
      0
    • Tchaikovsky by Dimitri Tiomkin
      0
    • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory by Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley & Walter Scharf
    • None of them
  5. 5. 1972 (Original Dramatic Score)

    • Limelight by Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch & Larry Russell (Official Winner)
      0
    • The Godfather by Nino Rota (Rescinded)
    • Images by John Williams
    • Napoleon and Samantha by Buddy Baker
      0
    • The Poseidon Adventure by John Williams
    • Sleuth by John Addison
      0
    • The Cowboys by John Williams (not nominated)
    • Pete 'N' Tillie by John Williams (not nominated)
      0
    • None of them
  6. 6. 1972 (Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score)

    • Cabaret by Ralph Burns (Official Winner)
    • Lady Sings the Blues by Gil Askey
    • Man of La Mancha by Laurence Rosenthal
    • None of them
  7. 7. 1973 (Original Dramatic Score)

    • The Way We Were by Marvin Hamlisch (Official Winner)
    • Cinderella Liberty by John Williams
    • The Day of the Dolphin by Georges Delerue
    • Papillon by Jerry Goldsmith
    • A Touch of Class by John Cameron
      0
    • The Paper Chase by John Williams (not nominated)
    • The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing by John Williams (not nominated)
      0
    • None of them
  8. 8. 1973 (Scoring Original Song Score and Adaptation or Scoring Adaptation)

    • The Sting by Marvin Hamlisch (Official Winner)
    • Jesus Christ Superstar by André Previn, Herbert W. Spencer & Andrew Lloyd Webber
    • Tom Sawyer by Sherman Brothers & John Williams
    • The Long Goodbye by John Williams (not nominated)
    • None of them
  9. 9. 1974 (Original Dramatic Score)

    • The Godfather part. II by Nino Rota & Carmine Coppola (Official Winner)
    • Chinatown by Jerry Goldsmith
    • Murder on the Orient Express by Richard Rodney Bennett
    • Shanks by Alex North
      0
    • The Towering Inferno by John Williams
    • Conrack by John Williams (not nominated)
      0
    • The Sugarland Express by John Williams (not nominated)
      0
    • Earthquake by John Williams (not nominated)
      0
    • None of them
      0
  10. 10. 1974 (Scoring Original Song Score and Adaptation or Scoring Adaptation)

    • The Great Gatsby by Nelson Riddle (Official Winner)
    • The Little Prince by Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Douglas Gamley & Angela Morley
    • Phantom of the Paradise by Paul Williams & George Tipton
    • None of them
  11. 11. 1975 (Original Score)

    • Jaws by John Williams (Official Winner)
    • Birds Do It, Bees Do It by Gerald Fried
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    • Bite the Bullet by Alex North
      0
    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Jack Nitzsche
      0
    • The Wind and the Lion by Jerry Goldsmith
    • The Eiger Sanction by John Williams (not nominated)
      0
    • None of them
      0
  12. 12. 1975 (Scoring Original Song Score and Adaptation or Scoring Adaptation)

    • Barry Lyndon by Leonard Rosenman (Official Winner)
    • Funny Lady by Peter Matz
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    • Tommy by Pete Townshend
    • None of them
  13. 13. 1976 (Original Score)

    • The Omen by Jerry Goldsmith (Official Winner)
    • Obsession by Bernard Herrmann
    • The Outlaw Josey Wales by Jerry Fielding
    • Taxi Driver by Bernard Herrmann
    • Voyage of the Damned by Lalo Schifrin
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    • Family Plot by John Williams (not nominated)
    • The Missouri Breaks by John Williams (not nominated)
      0
    • Midway by John Williams (not nominated)
    • None of them
  14. 14. 1976 (Scoring Original Song Score and Adaptation or Scoring Adaptation)

    • Bound for Glory by Leonard Rosenman (Official Winner)
    • Bugsy Malone by Paul Williams
    • A Star is Born by Roger Kellaway
    • None of them
  15. 15. 1977 (Original Score)

    • Star Wars by John Williams (Official Winner)
    • Close Encounters of the Third Kind by John Williams
    • The Spy Who Loved Me by Marvin Hamlisch
      0
    • Black Sunday by John Williams (not nominated)
      0
    • None of them
      0
  16. 16. 1977 (Original Score: the actual real choices)

    • Star Wars by John Williams
    • Close Encounters of the Third Kind by John Williams
  17. 17. 1977 (Scoring Original Song Score and Adaptation or Scoring Adaptation)

    • A Little Night Music by Jonathan Tunick (Official Winner)
    • Pete's Dragon by Joel Hirschhorn, Al Kasha & Irwin Kostal
    • The Slipper and the Rose by Sherman Brothers & Angela Morley
    • None of them
  18. 18. 1978 (Original Score)

    • Midnight Express by Giorgio Moroder (Official Winner)
    • The Boys from Brazil by Jerry Goldsmith
      0
    • Days of Heaven by Ennio Morricone
      0
    • Heaven Can Wait by Dave Grusin
      0
    • Superman by John Williams
    • The Fury by John Williams (not nominated)
      0
    • Jaws 2 by John Williams (not nominated)
      0
    • None of them
      0
  19. 19. 1978 (Adaptation Score)

    • The Buddy Holly Story by Joe Renzetti (Official Winner)
    • Pretty Baby by Jerry Wexler
      0
    • The Wiz by Quincy Jones
    • None of them
  20. 20. 1979 (Original Score)

    • A Little Romance by Georges Delerue (Official Winner)
      0
    • 10 by Henry Mancini
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    • The Amityville Horror by Lalo Schifrin
    • The Champ by Dave Grusin
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    • Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Jerry Goldsmith
    • 1941 by John Williams (not nominated)
    • Dracula by John Williams (not nominated)
    • None of them
  21. 21. 1979 (Origina Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score)

    • All That Jazz by Ralph Burns (Official Winner)
    • Breaking Away by Patrick Williams
    • The Muppet Movie by Paul Williams & Kenny Ascher
    • None of them


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So same as before but this time with the 70's. The idea is again to organise the JWFan's own Academy Awards with the same nominees and every John Williams scores even the ones that weren't nominated.

The final 60's poll will follow later... ;)

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My selections in the poll are easily viewable, so I won't repeat them here.

 

But interesting to compare them to my favourite scores of each year:

 

1970: ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVITCH - Arne Nordheim (not nominated)

1971: GET CARTER - Roy Budd (not nominated)

1972: IMAGES - John Williams (nominated, but didn't win)

1973: PAPILLON - Jerry Goldsmith (nominated, but didn't win)

1974: THE TOWERING INFERNO - John Williams (nominated, but didn't win - but I voted for CHINATOWN anyway)

1975: JAWS - John Williams (nominated, and WON!)

1976: THE OMEN - Jerry Goldsmith (nominated, and WON! - but I voted for TAXI DRIVER anyway)

1977: STAR WARS -  John Williams (nominated, and WON!)

1978: SUPERMAN - John Williams (nominated, but didn't win - but I voted for MIDNIGHT EXPRESS anyway)

1979: ALIEN - Jerry Goldsmith (not nominated - what an outrage!)

 

The adaptation categories, I can give or take.

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4 hours ago, Thor said:

1974: THE TOWERING INFERNO - John Williams (nominated, but didn't win - but I voted for CHINATOWN anyway)

1978: SUPERMAN - John Williams (nominated, but didn't win - but I voted for MIDNIGHT EXPRESS anyway)

Why?

4 hours ago, Thor said:

1979: ALIEN - Jerry Goldsmith (not nominated - what an outrage!)

Agree! Feel like the Academy has always hate Goldsmith for some unknown reasons. IMO the 1979's ceremony is the worst of the decades, the only one I would have nominated here would be Star Trek.

My personnal selection: 1941, Dracula, Alien, Star Trek, The Black Hole

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35 minutes ago, Raiders of the SoundtrArk said:

Why?

 

In the case of CHINATOWN, I feel like it's such a seminal score (especially in terms of its spotting), so although I prefer TTI more, it's a more ambitious and historically important effort.


In the case of MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, that -- too -- is such a seminal score. Proper chops finally given by the Academy to electronic music. Love its gruelling, corporal feel in the film. While - all things considered - I might consider SUPERMAN more of a personal favourite, I put that aside for a moment. But the competition between the two, in terms of personal favourites, was always very close to begin with. Both are masterpieces.

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Make sense.
I should watch one day or another Midnight Express, I've never watch it so far, only listen to it a couple time perhaps it's may affect my perception of the score. Although I doubt that it would change my vote: Superman is too perfect... ;)

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It's a fantastic film that still holds up, all these years later (it was a fav of mine as a teenager). Obviously, the centerpiece of the score is the "Chase" theme, but there is so much more interesting going on in terms of the avantgarde, zithering electronic textures that almost paint - in sonic strokes - the decaying walls of the Turkish prison. But on album, these tracks are quite challenging on their own - needs a proper frame of mind.

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Jeez, I had forgotten that Alien wasn't even nominated; What a joke.  That would have been my pick if it was in the poll, but I picked Star Trek TMP instead, another masterpiece from Jerry in the same year

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I added POSEIDON to my list of JW winners😊

I agree with Thor that originality is a factor.

So, CHARIOTS....MIDNIGHT.....SOCIAL NETWORK. ...

GRAVITY....JOKER get extra points😊

 

ALIEN was much better than STTMP

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Definitely a fair few years where composers were robbed, starting with Jerry and Patton. I guess, culturally, Love Story's main theme is iconic, but even so... 1972 just seems the stupidest thing ever. Then Papillon a few years later. One of my absolute favourite Jerry scores. And Alien. And ST:TMP. In other year, The Wind and the Lion would have been a worthy winner, but Jaws' score makes the movie. Much in the same way that The Omen's score makes that movie too, so it's gratifying he won for that. Without the music, much of The Omen is fairly laughable, Jerry's music gives the film most of its atmosphere and dramatic thrust. Without it, it's just Patrick Troughton running around a church yard... Having said that, in any other year, Obsession and Taxi Driver would have been worthy winners. Then again, Herrmann was as shortchanged as Jerry, Oscars wise. Herrmann was a genius to the last. Literally. I feel a bit sorry for Georges Delerue in some ways. He wrote many fine scores and easily deserved at least one Oscar, but A Little Romance is hardly his best (nice though it is) and the fact that it beat ST:TMP (amongst others) slightly sours his reputation to some fans.

 

The whole rescinding the award for The Godfather for reusing a theme (if I remember rightly) is just weird. I mean, if not reusing your own material was grounds for not awarding an Oscar, half of them would have been taken away by now... But to then award it to Limelight, a score from however many decades before, is even more weird. Not to say Limelight isn't deserving, most of those Chaplin scores are surprisingly enjoyable, but The Godfather is, again, iconic! Glad Rota won for the sequel, which makes the original rescinding even more crazy but he could easily have missed out entirely and he was too good a composer to miss out. Then again, it took a long time to recognise Ennio (talking of famous Italians).

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1 hour ago, Tom Guernsey said:

The whole rescinding the award for The Godfather for reusing a theme (if I remember rightly) is just weird. I mean, if not reusing your own material was grounds for not awarding an Oscar, half of them would have been taken away by now... 

 

 

Indeed, in The Godfather Rota reused a theme from a 1958 movie called "Fortunella". It's worth to listen to this early version (the theme used in The Godfather starts at 0:56):

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kej-oavI94w

 

Notice that the trumpets at the beginning quote a theme that Rota had used in 1954 for "La Strada".

 

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26 minutes ago, Score said:

 

 

Indeed, in The Godfather Rota reused a theme from a 1958 movie called "Fortunella". It's worth to listen to this early version (the theme used in The Godfather starts at 0:56):

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kej-oavI94w

 

Notice that the trumpets at the beginning quote a theme that Rota had used in 1954 for "La Strada".

 

Thanks for the link, weirdly not available, but I have the suite (which came with some other score but I can't remember which one) in my library. And yes, it is interesting - such a fun version of the theme, amazing how effective it it is both contexts. Given how self-referential Hollywood can be in every regard, it was quite a churlish move of AMPAS on this.

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Therr were no Oscar nominees for Williams in that time other than Valley of the Dolls in 67.

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1 hour ago, JoeinAR said:

Therr were no Oscar nominees for Williams in that time other than Valley of the Dolls in 67.

 

Plus GOODBYE MR. CHIPS and THE REIVERS. Besides, I thought this wasn't only about decades where Williams himself was nominated.

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28 minutes ago, Thor said:

 

Plus GOODBYE MR. CHIPS and THE REIVERS. Besides, I thought this wasn't only about decades where Williams himself was nominated.

I must be getting old.

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