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Of the 265 films eligible  for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February, 97 of them have been deemed worthy to be nominated for Best Original Score. Thomas Newman (The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, The Help, The Iron Lady) and Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Monte Carlo, Super 8) lead all eligible composers with four films this year while Alexandre Desplat (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March), Tyler Bates (Conan the Barbarian, The Darkest Hour, The Way), Mark Isham (The Conspirator, Dolphin Tale, Warrior) and Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men First Class) all have three. Other familiar names are on the list too such as John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse), James Newton Howard (Green Lantern, Water for Elephants) and Danny Elfman (Real Steel, Restless) who along with Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In, »
- Germain Lussier
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®.
The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:
“Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer
“@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer
“Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer
“Cedar Rapids, »
- Michelle McCue
I was actually beginning to believe Cliff Martinez's score for Drive may actually have a shot with all the love it has received in the precursor awards, but last night the Academy announced the list of 97 scores eligible for Best Original Score at the 2012 Oscars and, oops, what do you know, both Drive and Attack the Block didn't make the cut. The only other score I had on my current list of predictions for the category to not make the cut was Howard Shore's music for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Why? Well, I would assume somewhere inside there the rules for requirement weren't met. As per the Academy, "To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of »
- Brad Brevet
The Cinema Eye Honors revealed the nominees for the 5th Annual Awards honoring Non-Fiction Filmmaking. Winners will be announced on January 11. Here's the list of the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors:
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking:
"Nostalgia for the Light," Directed by Patricio Guzmán, Produced by Renate Sachse
Outstanding Achievement in Direction:
Patricio Guzmán for "Nostalgia for the Light"
Steve James for "The Interrupters"
Outstanding Achievement in Production:
Documentaries have a habit of getting under the audience’s skin in a more pronounced way than a filmic work of fiction ever seems able. Go and watch films like Restrepo, Capturing The Friedmans and Super Size Me, and they will stick with you for longer than anything made-up, no matter how magical, because there is substance in truth that is enduring and durable well beyond the end of the film itself. Documentaries are also usually politicised in some way – no matter how objective they purport to be, it is almost impossible to spend time living with a subject without forming ideas one way or another, whether you’re Louise Theroux or Nick Broomfield – so they tend to also carry a message that is more relatable, and which carries a heavier legacy than something we know to have been purely fabricated.
The medium also confirms that there are a million »
- Simon Gallagher
Senna is released next Monday 10th October DVD and Blu-ray and I still stand firm in my belief that it’s not only the best documentary that I’ve seen all year, but the greatest film that I’ve seen all year.
Senna is based on the professional Formula One racing life of quite possibly the greatest driver that ever lived, Ayrton Senna. The movie focuses on his life after transitioning from karting into one the world’s most prestigious sports. It doesn’t matter if you know nothing about Formula One, everyone needs to see this movie. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll be taken on a spectacular journey for 90 minutes.
The film is directed by Asif Kapadia who undertook the huge project of bringing this amazing story to the big screen. It has been winning awards left, right and centre at film festivals and now »
- David Sztypuljak
British filmmaker, Asif Kapadia, has already won several awards over his career, with the short film, The Sheep Thief, having won best short film at Cannes, and his 2001 feature, The Warrior, earning a BAFTA for best British film.
His new feature, Senna, has won itself considerable acclaim, and secured Best Documentary at both the Adelaide and Sundance film festivals. A profile of the late Brazilian driving legend, Ayrton Senna, it's not hard to see why the film's garnered such an enthusiastic response. Using interviews and archive footage, it paints a dramatic portrait of one of the most famous drivers in F1 history.
With the film out now in UK cinemas, we caught up with Kapadia to talk about the making of the film, and the driver who inspired it. »
When I heard that a movie was going to be made about Formula One driving legend Ayrton Senna, I had no idea what to expect. He died when I was just 14 and I remember watching the moment with my dad when arguably the greatest racing driver that ever lived crashed into the wall at the Imola Grand Prix losing his life after part of the suspension broke off in the crash deflecting onto his helmet. So many people around the world saw that moment and were in just as much shock as I was. We all know what happened (and if you don’t, fear not!) but this documentary pieces it all together in 100 minutes showing much footage which has never been seen before.
The documentary spans from Senna’s early life where he became the Karting World Champion right through to that fateful day on May 1st, 1994 at the »
- David Sztypuljak
8 items from 2011
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