One of the worst Oscar omissions this year, by far, was Justin Hurwitz’s score for First Man. As you all know, I think First Man was, by a long way, the best film of 2018. So much of it had to do with Hurwitz’s outside-the-box (seriously, theramins!) brilliant and moving work. The collaboration between Damien Chazelle and Hurwitz is creatively inspiring but also the stuff that great movies and great movie music is made on. Hurwitz’s moon landing cue alone is one of the great score cues of this century, conveying both the majesty as well as the nerve-racking suspense depicted on screen as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin doggedly navigated their lunar module to a safe landing in the Sea of Tranquility.
Either which way, here is a pretty cool piece on the music of First Man — an AwardsDaily exclusive!