February 18, 2020 at 5:49 pm #1203351253
His last loss for 1917 marked the 15th time in 25 years the Academy has denied him a recognition for his work, which at this point of the game feels something really wrong considering his amazing career as a composer, giving audiences a considerable amount of remarkable, memorable and unforgettable scores in plenty of well-received movies. So I’ve made a poll to ask: If you think he deserves to be an Oscar winner, for what movie do you think he should have won? (Since the poll only allows 10 options I selected what I believe are the most memorable of his career).
I think his best scores are the ones of The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, Finding Nemo, Wall-E and the not-nominated Meet Joe Black. Shawshank was a tough case since it was up against Zimmer’s monumental, tour-de-force work for Disney’s The Lion King. The lovely and splashy one of Nemo was fantastic too and would have been a deserving winner, but that would’ve broken Return of the King’s clean sweep and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted that (it was great too despite mainly being rehashes of the previous movies already rewarded with Fellowship). So that makes me believe that he should have won for both Beauty and Wall-E. The first one, because the music played a definite, fundamental role for the effectiveness of the emotional response the movie wanted to generate in the audience (plastic-bag and last scenes being the highlight) and the second one simply because it was really damn amazing, and MUCH more deserving than Rahman’s score for Slumdog which was good, but nothing special either.
What do you think?February 18, 2020 at 6:07 pm #1203351273
Definitely WALL-E. It’s one of his very best and it would very much be in the spirit of Disney/Pixar taking that category. Although AMERICAN BEAUTY is likely more iconic and influential, I loved that Corigliano won for a film that scored no other nods that year, so that’s just fine. And since SLUMDOG won both Score and Song, give it the latter and split the difference with the two music categories to give WALL-E the win.
Of course, WALL-E was also robbed in Sound Editing so deserved to be the first Pixar film to win 3 awards.February 18, 2020 at 6:07 pm #1203351275
The “0” option is the 1917 option. For some reason, that’s the way it appears in the poll. I’ve edited it a lot of times to correct this but there’s just no case =/, it keeps appearing as “0”.February 18, 2020 at 9:14 pm #1203351466
Wall-E’s one of my favorite movies of all time and I would have loved to see it win more than one Oscar. Plus Newman’s score in that was fantastic (I’m honestly kind of surprised he lost), so I’m giving my vote to Wall-E.
John's Best of 2020
Best Picture: Soul
Best Director: George Clooney-The Midnight Sky
Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman-Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Best Actress: Viola Davis-Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Best Supporting Actor: Delroy Lindo-Da Five Bloods
Best Supporting Actress: Amanda Seyfried-Mank
Best Original Screenplay: Soul
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Midnight SkyFebruary 18, 2020 at 9:42 pm #1203351487
1917 and American Beauty
I didn’t know that “0” means 1917.
Coen-Lynch-FelliniFebruary 19, 2020 at 6:13 am #1203351794
1917 was amazing work. Should have won.
He also deserved to be nominated at least for Green MileFebruary 19, 2020 at 9:46 am #1203351978
He will win someday (soon), but I think his best work is Angels in America though it wasn’t eligible of course.February 19, 2020 at 10:49 am #1203352081
WALL-E or SkyfallFebruary 19, 2020 at 11:39 am #1203352153
Not afraid to admit that I would only have given him a win for that dumb song from WALL·E, which is basically a win by default. I would not call myself a fan of Newman’s work.
1994: Interview with the Vampire, Elliot Goldenthal
1995: Sabrina, John Williams
1999: The Red Violin, John Corigliano (a truly iconic win, could not imagine taking this away)
2002: The Hours, Philip Glass
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Howard Shore
2004: The Village, James Newton Howard (only good nominee)
2006: Pan’s Labyrinth, Javier Navarrete (hated all the nominees this year)
2008: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Alexandre Desplat
2012: Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
2013: Her, Will Butler & Owen Pallett
2015: The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
2016: Jackie, Mica Levi
2019: Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir (didn’t care for the nominees all that much)February 19, 2020 at 11:50 am #1203352173
Hildur is a Tony away from the EGOT lmao I’m shook.February 19, 2020 at 11:53 am #1203352180
1917 or Wall-EFebruary 19, 2020 at 12:41 pm #1203352274
“Skyfall” is when Newman was closest to win, I think. It would have been a deserved Oscar win. Hope it happens soon for him. No one needs to be the Susan Lucci of the Oscars anymore.February 19, 2020 at 12:49 pm #1203352300
I was expecting this masterful effort when I heard people praising the 1917 score and yet not once did I find myself impressed. For me, I would’ve easily given him the Oscar for WALL-E and the fact he lost to SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, a movie I basically greatly dislike, is terrible.
I do feel like AMERICAN BEAUTY comes close but THE RED VIOLIN deserved that one.
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