Oscars 2017: Gold Derby’s music and sound roundtable features 7 leading awards contenders

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, academy voters, industry executives and readers like you attended Gold Derby’s roundtable Q&A with leading contenders for sound and music Oscars. Soon you’ll be able to watch video clips with these seven Oscar contenders and moderator Tom O’Neil, but in the meantime, here’s a closer look at what was discussed during the fun evening at the Landmark Theater:

Nicholas Britell (music composer, “Moonlight”) revealed how the many scenes without much dialogue made it important for his score to help tell the modern-day love story.

Alexandre Desplat (music composer, “The Secret Life of Pets”), who won an Oscar for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014), chatted about how he goes about scoring an animated movie as opposed to a live-action film.

Robert Hein (sound designer and re-recording mixer, “Paterson”) explained how quieter films without big explosions can be even more challenging for the sound department to design.

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Justin Hurwitz (composer and orchestrator, “La La Land”) reminisced about being roommates with director Damien Chazelle and how their love for musicals helped create “La La Land.”

Tom Ozanich (sound mixer, “Sully”) told the audience about the challenges of creating the different sounds for the plane explosion in all of its various iterations throughout the film.

Kevin O’Connell (sound mixer, “Passengers” and “Hacksaw Ridge”), who’s been nominated for 20 Oscars, detailed the specifics of what the term “sound mixing” actually means.

Benjamin Wallfisch (composer, “Hidden Figures”) discussed what it was like to score the gospel-inspired background music alongside Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams.

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Next week on Tuesday, November 22 at 7 p.m., you can be a part of Gold Derby’s editing and cinematography roundtable. The speakers will include:

Maryann Brandon, editor, “Passengers”
Sean Porter, cinematographer, “20th Century Women”
Blu Murray, editor, “Sully”
James Laxton, cinematographer, “Moonlight”
John Toll, cinematographer, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”

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