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Late last week, we had another shortlist hit the internet, courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (or AMPAS, as we all know by now). This one concerned which films were eligible to compete in the Oscar category of Best Original Score. Basically, the Academy decided that 112 movies had scores that met eligibility criteria, so they’re the ones who will be whittled down to the ultimate five Original Score nominees. Obviously, a group as large as this one doesn’t necessarily indicate anything about what Oscar voters might pick, but that won’t stop me from trying to do a bit of analysis, will it? Didn’t think so. So, let’s do it, let’s take a look at the Best Original Score contenders and see what Academy members might be likely to go for… As a point of reference, here are the most recent »
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Runar Runarsson’s Icelandic coming-of-age drama “Sparrows” has won the Crystal Arrow and two more awards at the 7th edition of Les Arcs European film festival.
Sold by Versatile, “Sparrows” (pictured above), which world premiered at San Sebastian and won the Golden Seashell, nabbed three kudos at Les Arcs: The Crystal Arrow for best film as well as the nods best actor (Atli Óskar Fjalarsson) and cinematography (Sophia Olsson). The movie marks Runarsson’s second feature after “Volcano,” which bowed at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2011. Lushly filmed in summertime Iceland, “Sparrows” follows a 16-year-old who has been living in Reykjavik with his mother and is sent back to live with his estranged father in an Icelandic fishing village.
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The 7th Les Arcs European Film Festival (Dec 12-19) has awarded its top prize - the Crystal Arrow - to Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows.
The Icelandic film, which debuted at Toronto, won a further three prizes including best actor for the film’s teenage protagonist Atli Óskar Fjalarsson; best cinematography for Sophia Olsson; and the Press Prize.
It adds to an awards haul that includes the top prize at San Sebastian, the Silver Hugo at Chicago, the international jury award at Sao Paulo, the artistic achievement award at Thessaloniki and the Competition 1-2 award at Warsaw.
The coming-of-age story centres on teenager Ari, who has been living with his mother in Reykjavik and is suddenly sent back to the remote Westfjords to live with his father Gunnar.
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If you see a movie for the first time and swear you've heard the score before, it may not be your imagination...
Last month, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (Afm) sued six major studios for reusing film soundtracks in other films without paying the appropriate compensation. It's the kind of news that will make people roll their eyes. Ah yes, they'll say after seeing the headlines. Typical Hollywood. Not even the music's original any more.
But go beyond the headlines about reusing the same music too much and delve into the lawsuit and it reveals an interesting insight into the kind of situations where music does get repeated.
The lawsuit, it soon becomes evident, isn't about the use of music in itself (a quick browse through the soundtracks for the titles in question, such as This Means War or Argo, reveals that they have »
4 items from 2015
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