Now that the holidays are over, and with them all that “peace on earth and goodwill towards men” nonsense, it’s that magical time of year again when judging people is not only acceptable – it’s glorified. That’s right folks, it’s awards season. Which means for the next few months we all turn into Statler & Waldorf and every website/blog/TV show/magazine will feature the current crop of Hollywood darlings, leaping on every word and unflattering dress (or suit), debating how worthy they are for each and every nomination.
Often times at these shindigs, the music segment is overlooked – not everyone immediately thinks, “Ooh, that cue was so complex!” or stays for the more than five seconds of the end credit song – so here’s a little spotlight on what’s being voted on this weekend at the 68th Annual Golden Globes:
First, apologies for how belated this is. Second, I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I don’t usually enjoy listening to film and TV scores.
Its not that I don’t find them interesting, or that I groan every time I have to review a composer reel for work (though I will if I have to listen to 12 composer reels in a day) – I just don’t think to put on a score for pleasure listening. With the Golden Globe nominations announced yesterday, I just had to give it up to Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor – their music for The Social Network might be the first film score I’ve actually had on repeat outside of the office.
The nominations for the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday and were – let’s face it – fairly predictable, and sorely lacking in noms for Community. Check out the nominees in the music categories below – including some streaming clips and tracks where I could get ‘em. Watch the broadcast on Sunday Aug 29 8pm ET / 5pm PT to see who wins…
Outstanding Composition for A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Original Dramatic Score)
The Pacific (Part 10) – Music by Blake Neely, Geoff Zanelli and Hans Zimmer (HBO)
When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presentation)– Music byLawrence Shragge (CBS)
Temple Grandin – Music by Alex Wurman (HBO)
You Don’t Know Jack– Music by Marcelo Zarvos (HBO)
Blessed Is The Match – Music by Todd Boekelheide (PBS)
Over the past couple years at my job I’ve become fairly familiar with music for film and television – so when Paste Magazine posted an article about an exciting new Jose Gonzalez track being featured on the soundtrack for a video game, I knew I had my research cut out for me.
Many reviewers are praising Red Dead Redemption as the best Western video game since…well, ever. In a word, it’s “epic.” And the creation of the score is no exception.