Monday, March 3, 2014

Music for Oscar

Happening at the same time of this post's creation, the 86th Academy Awards took place in Hollywood, CA. Given that this post is being made while the awards are still going on there are still some awards to be given out, but the award I am concerning myself with is the academy award for Best Original Score. For those who did not see the awards, the nominees were The Book Thief by John Williams, Her by William Butler and Owen Pallett, Philomena by Alexandre Desplat, Saving Mr. Banks by Thomas Newman, and the winner of the award, Steven Price for his music in Gravity. It is very interesting to note that of the six composers who were nominated, half of them were under the age of 40 (Price, Pallett, and Butler). Given they may be under the title of "film composer" this still speaks volumes for the younger generation of composers. It is good to see that in even just one aspect of the composing industry, the young composers can be just as respected as their older and more experienced counterparts. As film composers. it must have been amazing to be seen on the same level as well-known composers such as Williams, Desplat, and  Newman. This shows that (at least in the film industry) age does not automatically mean that you will be overshadowed by the veterans. It is good to also note the award winner for Best Original Song before the end of the post. The nominees were "Happy" by Pharrell Williams from Depsicable Me 2, "The Moon Song" by Karen Orzolek and Spike Jonze from Her, "Ordinary Love" by U2 from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and the winner, "Let It Go" by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez from Disney's Frozen. With the amount of people singing "Let It Go" since the movie's premier, the result should surprise no one.

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