Powell & Desplat win top Int'l Film Music awards

The International Film Music Critics Association announces the winners of its seventh annual awards for excellence in musical scoring in 2010 Film Score of the Year: John Powell, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Best Score for an Animated Film: John Powell, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Best...
Posted On 24 Feb 2011

International Film Music Critics Association nominations

2010 Film Categories FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR • THE GHOST WRITER, music by Alexandre Desplat • HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, music by John Powell • INCEPTION, music by Hans Zimmer • THE KING’S SPEECH, music by Alexandre Desplat • TRON: LEGACY, music by Daft...
Posted On 11 Feb 2011

Black Swan, True Grit, The Fighter music scores deemed ineligible

Collider has the disappointing news that the Academy’s unpredictable music branch has disqualified this year’s scores from three top composers: Carter Burwell, Michael Brook and Clint Mansell. [Mansell's] work for Darren Aronofsky‚Äôs Black Swan has been deemed...
Posted On 21 Dec 2010

Best Song and Score – Is the Academy Not Cool Enough for Reznor and Ross?

There are a few songs to keep in mind for this year, although this is a very bizarre category, along with Doc Feature and Foreign Film that is almost impossible to guess correctly. Their picks are usually kind of wacky – like snubbing Bruce Springsteen for The Wrestler...
Posted On 22 Oct 2010

Welcome to Hans Zimmer’s inner sanctum

A few weeks ago reader jennybee sent me a link to this incredible look inside Inception composer Hans Zimmer’s lavish creative lair. These vignettes are from a beautiful site called Stuck In Customs, devoted to HDR photography (High Dynamic Range imaging that adjusts the...
Posted On 11 Jul 2010

State of the Race: Keeping ‘Score’

The Dark Knight Score Disqualified Rejecting the Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard score for The Dark Knight is nothing new per the Academy’s usual protocol. Anyone with high hopes of bringing home Oscar gold often makes sure their ducks are lined up in a row. But if the...

Pretty Score Alert

Kung Fu Panda could be recognized come Oscar time for its lovely score. Violinist Karen Han does great work here and it just so happens that it’s become available for your listening pleasure on YouTube. Have a listen: