Everything everywhere all at Dans
March 14, 2023

Five best music videos by the Oscar winners The DANIELS

Directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, the team behind 'Everything Everywhere All At Once', won three Oscars in a single evening - Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. At 35 years old, they’re two of the youngest Best Director winners in history, and also the first Best Director winners ever to come from the world of music videos. Stereogum had a tough time selecting only five of their videos as the best ones.

German composer Volker Bertelmann. also known as Hauschka, won the original score Oscar Sunday night for his music for the World War I epic 'All Quiet on the Western Front'. For this adaptation of the Erich Maria Remarque classic, Bertelmann used his great-grandmother’s turn-of-the-century harmonium, a pump organ whose carefully mic’d interior noises - “the breathing, the air, the wooden cracklings” sounded to him like “a war machine.” The song 'Naatu Naatu' by M.M. Keeravaani and Chandrabose from the hit Telugu-language film 'RRR' has made history by becoming the first Indian film song to win an Oscar, beating heavyweights like Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

The inclusion of 'Elvis' and 'Tár' amid this year’s big nominees fits a recent pattern, as the Oscars have taken more of an interest in music movies since 2018... Both focus on individuals with humble beginnings who concoct over-the-top personas, fall under the influence of powerful mentors, travel the world, wear impeccable suits, womanize, end up at the center of controversy, and bottom out in uncomfortable ways. Both feel like fever dreams, where the titular star is haunted by spirits and their own inner darkness. Both could easily be re-cut as horror films. Both are endlessly debatable. But only one of these films is good - Pitchfork looks into Oscar's Best Picture category and the two music-themed nominees.

Oscar news! In the Best Original Song, the following are nominated. Rihanna was nominated for her 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' song “Lift Me Up,” Lady Gaga got a nomination for “Hold My Hand” in 'Top Gun: Maverick,' Sofia Carson is up for 'Applause' from 'Tell It Like a Woman', Son Lux’s song 'This Is a Life' featuring Mitski and David Byrne from 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' is also up for Oscar, as well as 'Naatu Naatu' from 'RRR' by Rahul Sipligunj, Kaala Bhairava, and M.M. Keeravani. In the Best Picture category, music-themed 'Elvis', and 'Tár' are nominated. Rolling Stone reports.

In the two music-related Oscar categories, these are the nominees: original song - 'Be Alive' from 'King Richard' by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, 'Dos Oruguitas' from 'Encanto' by Lin-Manuel Miranda, 'Down to Joy' from 'Belfast' by Van Morrison, 'No Time To Die' from the latest Bond movie of the same name, by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, 'Somehow You Do' from 'Four Good Days' by Diane Warren; the original score category - 'Don't Look Up' by Nicholas Britell, 'Dune' by Hans Zimmer, 'Encanto' by Germaine Franco, 'Parallel Mothers' by Alberto Iglesias, and 'The Power of the Dog' by Jonny Greenwood. Check out all the nominees here.

Ross / Reznor / Ahmed

The music movie 'Sound of Metal' about a drummer who goes deaf is nominated for an Oscar in the best picture category, the Academy has revealed. The lead actor from that movie, British musician and actor Riz Ahmed, is nominated for his leading role in that movie. Chadwick Boseman, who died last year, is up against him in the same category for his performance in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'. Also, Viola Davis is nominated in the Actress in a Leading Role category for her performance in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom', as well as Andra Day for 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday'. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are nominated twice in the Original Score category, with 'Mank' and 'Soul' - Jon Batiste joins them in the latter. Also, in the same category, nominated are Terence Blanchard with 'Da 5 Bloods', Emile Mosseri with 'Minari', and 'News of the World' by James Newton Howard. In the Original song category nominated are: 'Fight For You' from 'Judas and the Black Messiah', 'Hear My Voice' from 'The Trial of the Chicago 7', 'Husavik' from 'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga', 'lo Sì (Seen)' from 'The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)', and 'Speak Now'" from 'One Night in Miami…'.

Iceland composer and cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir got the 2020 Oscar for Best Original Score, making her the fourth woman composer to win overall, the first to win for a dramatic score, and the first Icelander to win any Oscar. She makes modern classical musical - "a moving fusion of ambient drone and contemporary classical that places an emphasis on exceptionally controlled tone", as Pitchfork describes it before they choose 7 of her essential tracks. There's some interesting music there: Mr. Schmuck's Farm - her project with Schneider TM, improvised electronics with scraping cellos sounds; on her second album 'Without Sinking' she improvises with layers of sound; on her project with Berlin pianist Hauschka they composed tracks inspired by colors; on her album 'Saman' (meaning "together"), she added her crystalline voice; she has done impressive work on the soundtrack for HBO series 'Chernobyl', haunting from a distance; her score for 'Joker' is special - she began composing before filming even started, an unusual practice, with director Todd Phillips and main actor Joaquin Phoenix using her music for inspiration; her latest track is 'Fólk fær andlit' ("people have faces"), released late January, about the (mis)treatment of immigrants on Iceland.

When some of us fall asleep, they give away awards
February 10, 2020

Billie Eilish sang a beautiful cover of 'Yesterday' at Oscars - watch

She was at the Oscars last night to sing a cover of the Beatles’ 'Yesterday' during the In Memoriam segment. Billie Eilish sang the 1965 classic with her brother-collaborator Finneas on piano. The In Memoriam montage flashed across the screen behind them, showing people who died in the past year - actors Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Peter Mayhew, filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker and basketball legend Kobe Bryant, among many others.

Young Iceland composer Hildur Guðnadóttir won the Oscar last night in the Original score category, for her work on 'Joker' soundtrack, beating a quartet of men - Randy Newman, John Williams, Thomas Newman, and Alexandre Desplat. In the best original song category Elton John (music) and Bernie Taupin (lyrics) got the Oscar for their '(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again' from the biopic Rocketman.

Ant the Oscar goes to - Music!
January 13, 2020

Hildur Guðnadóttir, Randy Newman and Elton John nominated for Oscar

Iceland composer Hildur Guðnadóttir is nominated for Oscar, in Music - Original Score category for her work in 'Joker'. Other nominees in this category are Alexandre Desplat for 'Little Women', Randy Newman for Marriage Story, Thomas Newman for '1917' and John Williams for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'. Nominees in the other music category - Original Song - are: Randy Newman for 'I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away' from 'Toy Story 4'; Elton John and Bernie Taupin for '(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again' from 'Rocketman'; Diane Warren for 'I'm Standing With You' from 'Breakthrough'; Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for 'Into The Unknown' from 'Frozen II'; Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo for 'Stand Up' from 'Harriet'.

'Bohemian Rhapsody', the authorised biopic of Queen and Freddie Mercury, won record four Oscars last night, including best actor for Rami Malek, who won rave reviews for playing the late singer. Lady Gaga was among the winners for the best original song prize for 'Shallow' from 'A Star Is Born' after performing an impassioned duet […]

Lady Gaga is the second Oscar nominee, ever, to be nominated both for best song and in an acting category in the same year (Mary J. Blige was first). 'Shallow', her duet with Bradley Cooper is up for best song against 'All the Stars', Kendrick Lamar and SZA's contribution to the 'Black Panther' soundtrack, Diane Warren's 'I'll […]