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91st Academy Awards



The next 24th of February the ceremony of Academy Awards (the well-known Oscars) in twenty-four categories will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Nowadays, there are two awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences related to Music:
1. The first one is the Academy Award for the Best Original Song. This category was introduced in 1934, at the 7th Academy Awards. “Original” means that the song –which would be eligible to win- must be original and written specifically for a motion picture.

2. One year later, the Academy began awarding films for their scores as well. The category was originally called Best Scoring and then Best Original Score; music written specially for the film by the commissioned composer.

Along this time, lots of amazing films have been awarded, such as The Wizard of Oz, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Ben-Hur, West Side Story, Lawrence of Arabia, Mary Poppins, Doctor Zhivago, Cabaret, Jaws, Star Wars, Chariots of Fire, E.T., Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, Up, La-la-Land

But, surprisingly, the following were never awarded: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, Star Trek, Return of the Jedi, The Mission, The empire of the Sun, Schindler’s list, Gladiator, The Lord of the Rings...

This year, the nominees for the best song are:
  • "All the Stars" from Black Panther – Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith; Lyrics by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solána Rowe.
  • "I'll Fight" from RBG– Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren.
  • "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns – Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. 
  • "Shallow" from A Star Is Born – Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt 
  • "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Music and Lyrics by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch
And the nominees for the best original score are:
  • Ludwig Göransson by Black Panther. 
  • Terence Blanchard by BlacKkKlansman.
  • Nicholas Britel by If Beale Street Could Talk.
  • Marc Shaiman by Mary Poppins Returns.
  • Alexandre Desplat by Isle of Dogs.
Place your bets! Ours is French composer Alexandre Desplat, but he won the award last year and he is likely to be awarded with the price again. One of these days we will tell you something about his career. In the meanwhile, let me share these three links that I show below the picture. Enjoy them!



- Isle of Dogs - A Soundtrack suite:



- Alexandre Desplat interview:



- Isle of Dogs - Making of Puppets:



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