Tuesday, March 4, 2008

One Category at a Time - Part 2 - Original Score

I realize that the scoring of a picture is one of the last stages of production, and as of yet we haven't heard one note of original music from the potential players at next years awards. But that puts us in the best possible position to predict them! Hear are my fearless projections for next year's nominated composers:


Defiance (James Newton Howard)
This veteran is a perennial favourite with the Acedemy, even when his music is the least memorable part of a movie (ie: the recent nomination for his miminalist score to Michael Clayton). But Edward Zwick's Defiance is sure to have moments of intense action and intimate drama, which will allow Howard to show us the full spectrum of his musical talents.

WALL-E and Revolutionary Road (Thomas Newman)
Here's one composer who's way overdue for some Oscar love. he's 0 for 8, having been nominated 4 times in the last 6 years, but with WALL-E and Revolutionary Road on the horizon, more Oscar attention can't be far off. His most recent collaborations with Andrew Stanton and Sam Mendes (Finding Nemo and American Beauty respectively) both earned him nominations, so it's not unreasonable to think he'll be nominated for either of them, but if he is nominated for both, it could spoil his chances, as it did in 1994 when his scores to Little Women and The Shawshank Redemption lost to the Lion King.

Indiana Jones (John Williams)
A living legend. He has written many of cinema's most luaded and remembered scores, including for the very first Indiana Jones movie in 1981. But that begs the question: will his score for the upcoming Kingdom of the Crystal Skull be considerred "original" enough? Sequels didn't stop him from being nominated for The Empire Strikes Back and The Prisoner of Azkaban, so I'm guessing that nostalgia and fondness for the original Indie score will lead him to his forty-somethingith nomination (I've lost count by now).

Prince Caspian (Harry Gregson-Williams)
His terrific score for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in 2005 was tragically overlooked, except for a Golden Globe and Grammy nomination. This year, he returns to score the next Narnia epic, Prince Caspian, and if it's anything like that which he wrote for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, he deserves a seat at the Kodak in a year's time.


Anything I've excluded which you feel should be here?

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