Oscar Jog

OscarThe Oscars are here, and it seems that all the awards have been handed out already.

There is very little disagreement about which movies and artists are destined to win. Best picture has been expanded to 10 from 5 but only two of those films are being given attention as the possible award winner…Avatar and The Hurt Locker.

The Oscar nominations were announced Feb. 2, the same day that Avatar beat Titanic’s record of $600 million. For those who want to give the movie’s box office title an asterisk (possibly the dumbest thing ever), let’s also consider the fact that when Titanic made $600 million it was over a period of 10 months, and it just barely made it over $600 million. Meanwhile, after 50 days in theaters, Avatar has not only beaten $600 million, it has remained the top movie in the country. So something like $650 is not too unrealistic although everyone says the 3D Avatar-killer Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland will stop it in April.

And as for arguments that Avatar has a higher ticket price, well, it’s equally silly to give Gone with the Wind an asterisk because it didn’t have to contend with TV, video games, the Internet, and iPods in its day. The champ is the champ. Moving on…

The rest of the “inevitable” winners are Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart, Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side, Christoph Waltz for Inglorious Basterds, Mo’Nique for Precious, Up for Animated film, The White Ribbon for foreign language film, (NEW EDIT) The Cove for documentary feature…and director…well, it could go to Cameron, but I’m hoping it’s Kathryn Bigelow, whose win would be the first time a female director won.

Heck, even the film scoring category seems a foregone conclusion. Michael Giacchino for years has been putting in great work with little Oscar recognition. I thought his score for The Incredibles should have won, but it wasn’t even nominated. His scores for Alias and Lost are landmarks in TV scoring. Ratatouille, his first Oscar nomination, was an awesome score that grows the more you hear it. Earlier his Star Trek score was very tasteful, and in the general vein of the great Star Trek scores of the past by Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, and Leonard Rosenman. And any composer who uses the erhu is fine by me. I think it’s about time he gets the trophy.

If we were giving trophies to the most generous composer, it might have to go to Marco Beltrami, who is co-nominated for scoring The Hurt Locker. The guy has become a specialist in horror/action/suspense, but according to his website, he started off as a pretty serious composer. He studied in Italy with Luigi Nono, and later at Yale with Jacob Druckman, and at USC with Jerry Goldsmith.

Beltrami sheet music

The generosity comes in the form of FREE FILM SCORES that he passes out on his website. Pick a movie, and you can download the musical track, and in some cases, you can down a PDF of the sheet music. I’ve not seen a composer that eager to give away this much of his work, but it definitely shows a lot of confidence to bare yourself to the discerning public out there. Bravo!

Bible Study from 3:10 TO YUMA – Marco Beltrami (mp3) BUY

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