When asked to score “The Artist” by director Michel Hazanavicius, Ludovic Bource went back to the masters of the earliest films. In a video interview with Gold Derby, he revealed, “I was inspired by Max Steiner, Eric Korngold, Alfred Newman, Franz Waxman, Bernard Hermann, and Elmer Bernstein to pay a tribute with my work.”
To compose the music for a black and white silent movie, he explained, “before this process of creation, I watched with Michel the classic American films like ‘Sunrise.’ The light is very magical. The supposition of images to other images and the tricks are just wonderful.”
The French composer first worked with Hazanavicius on his feature debut “Mes Amies” in 1999 and followed with “OSS 117 – Cairo, Nest of Spies” (2006) and “OSS 117 – Lost in Rio” (2009). He has also scored the documentary “Here to Stay” in 2010 and provided additional music to “The Dope” (2003) and “On Tour” (2010). Bource has contributed on albums for Alain Bashung, Little, and Pierrick Pedron and was CEO of the music production company Planet Get Down 1997 to 2001.
For his efforts on “The Artist,” Bource has been a heavy hitter on the awards circuit with victories at the Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards, Critics Choice Awards in the category of Best Original Score. He contends in that same category at the Academy Awards against five-time winner John Williams, who Bource calls “a legend in the history of American movies,” and who has two bids for “The Adventures of Tintin” and “War Horse“. The other competitors are three-time champ Howard Shore (“Hugo“) and two-time nominee Alberto Iglesias (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy“).
Our exclusive Gold Derby statistics have Bource far ahead to win with 1/2 odds and the support of 25 experts, all eight editors, and 67% of user votes. Shore follows in a distant second place at 11/2 and has one expert vote. The Williams “War Horse” bid is next at 10/1, and then his other nod is at 16/1. Iglesias is in last place at 25/1.