OSCARS: From ‘Philomena’ To ‘Saving Mr. Banks’, Composers Show Creativity And Agility With This Year’s Scores

David Mermelstein is an AwardsLine contributor.

This year’s bevy of awards contender films is not only uncharacteristically large but also varied, particAwardsLine.LogoBWularly in how they were scored. The lack of similarity is apparent in everything from genre to instrumentation and even transcends musical matters, touching on the very core of the process. Specifically, when the composer is handpicked to buttress feelings and emotions primarily expressed in visual terms, what is his or working relationship with the director? Several prominent composers spoke about that intimate union, which in some cases was a new collaboration and in others a welcome reteaming.

Philomena (1)Alexandre Desplat first worked with Stephen Frears on The Queen in 2006 and gratefully accepted the director’s offer to work on this year’s Philomena, a bittersweet road movie starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. “The story is intimate and deeply moving, and Stephen thought I could emphasize that,” Desplat says. “The story is such that it’s difficult not to be in tears: This little woman who seems to be lost but is actually ahead of everyone. It was so appealing to me. I came out with the main theme rather quickly.”

Related: ‘Philomena’: Could It Be This Year’s Oscar Sleeper?
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The Contenders 2013: Hans Zimmer On Scoring ‘12 Years A Slave’ : “If You’re Really Lucky You Get To Work On Something That Has Meaning” (Video)

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 2:55pm PST
Pete Hammond

Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer talked about the meaning and personal importance to him of working on the score for 12 Years A Slave at Deadline’s THE CONTENDERS sold out event for AMPAS and key Guild members … Read More »

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PHOTOS: Contenders 2013 Gallery

Deadline’s sold-out award season kick-off The Contenders unspooled Saturday at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Take a look at our special guest panelists from this year’s crop of Oscar hopefuls from … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Channel 4 Faces Airline Lawsuit, Primps For ‘Real Sex’; UK Bans Bruce Willis — Sort Of; More

Channel 4 Threatened With Lawsuit Over Ryanair Report
In the past year, the BBC has been the subject of harsh criticism — and legal action — over some of its reporting. Now it’s Channel 4‘s turn. A report by the network’s news program Dispatches has flown in the face of low-cost airline Ryanair, marking the second time in seven years the pair have butted heads. The investigative show’s Monday episode included concerns from unidentified pilots over the airline’s fuel policy and safety measures. Ryanair now says it plans to sue. “Ryanair has instructed its lawyers to issue legal proceedings against Channel 4 Dispatches for defamation,” the no-frills airline said. The program highlighted three occasions in which Ryanair pilots called in emergency alerts because they were low on fuel. Ryanair says the incidents occurred because of bad weather and that EU regulations were met in each case. The Dublin-based carrier serves 30 countries in Europe and North Africa. In 2006, it was the subject of a separate Dispatches report, “Ryanair Caught Napping,” which criticized its safety, training and hygiene practices. Ryanair denied the allegations. Channel 4 told Deadline today, “We stand by our journalism.”

‘Real Sex Season’ Coming To Channel 4
In other Channel 4 news, the network says it wants to be “very un-British and talk about what really goes on in Britain’s bedrooms.” To do so, it’s planning a thematic series of shows to form the Real Sex Season beginning in September. The focus will be the effect that pornography is having on people’s expectations of sex. Included among the new shows are Porn On The Teenage Brain, a study of the impact of readily-available, explicit content on adolescents; The Week The Women Came, produced by ITV’s The Garden, about a group of women on a mission to confront loss of libido; and Date My Porn Star, which gives three porn-obsessed men the chance to meet and date their favorite adult movie stars to see if they can distinguish between the fantasy and the reality.

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Hans Zimmer Steps In To Pen ‘Lone Ranger’ Score

By | Friday December 14, 2012 @ 12:08pm PST

Rocker Jack White was originally the frontrunner to compose the score for Disney’s The Lone Ranger, but scheduling conflicts arose after budget concerns temporarily pulled the plug on the Jerry Bruckheimer Films pic starring Armie Hammer … Read More »

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‘ABC World News’ Debuts New Look, Music

By | Tuesday October 2, 2012 @ 1:44pm PDT

ABC World News has gotten a makeover. The program tonight is debuting a new graphics package, logo and theme song, composed by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer. It’s the first time the song has been updated since 2000. The show last got a graphics update when Diane Sawyer replaced … Read More »

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‘Dark Knight Rises’ Composer Hans Zimmer Records Song For Aurora Victims

The Oscar-winning composer says on his Facebook page that that he recorded the 8:26 minute elegiacal tone poem, titled Aurora, ”as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families.” He’s offering it on Apple’s iTunes store for $1.29, and … Read More »

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2012 Academy Awards Tap Hans Zimmer And Pharrell Williams As Music Consultants

By | Thursday December 8, 2011 @ 12:45pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The 2012 Academy Awards has got the musical waterfront covered. Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and Grammy-winning hip-hop artist and producer Pharrell Williams have been set to supervise the music … Read More »

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WME Signs Famed Composer Hans Zimmer

By | Monday May 9, 2011 @ 1:10pm PDT

UPDATE: WME has just signed  one of Hollywood’s most famous scorers and Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer from the Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency which until recently enjoyed a virtual monopoly on the film music market as big name agencies had divested themselves of representing composers. But WME recently got into the composer rep … Read More »

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OSCARS: Nervous Anticipation To The End

Pete Hammond

There’s no question this was Hollywood’s biggest week of the year. But now it’s all coming to a close tonight — and not a moment too soon for a lot of nominees at the end of a looooong campaign trail. “Thank God,”  said … Read More »

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