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Oscar-Nominated Husavik Songwriters Were Surprised By Song’s Emotional Impact Worldwide

April 13, 2021 | By
Oscar-Nominated <em>Husavik</em> Songwriters Were Surprised By Song’s Emotional Impact Worldwide

There is no denying the power of a song, and in the case of “Husavik,” written by the songwriting team of Savan Kotecha, Max Gsus, and Rickard Göransson, that power can be felt as far away as Iceland. The song, which translates to “My Hometown,” was written exclusively for Eurovision Song Contest: The Story... »

Guild of Music Supervisors Hands Out 11th Annual Awards

April 11, 2021 | By
Guild of Music Supervisors Hands Out 11th Annual Awards

On Sunday night, April 11, 2021, the Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) handed out its 11th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors awards, celebrating outstanding achievement in the craft of Music Supervision in film, television, games, advertising, and trailers. Maureen Crowe, the founding President of the Guild of Music Supervisors, received the organization’s prestigious Legacy Award, honoring those music supervisors who... »

93rd Annual Oscars Spotlight on Music (Original Score)

April 8, 2021 | By
93rd Annual Oscars Spotlight on Music (Original Score)

This year’s line-up for Achievement in Music (Original Score) may be one of the more intriguing categories, because it includes past winners, past nominees — some who have been nominated many times without a win, in fact — as well as one relatively new composer. More importantly, two composers have achieved a somewhat rare... »

Contender Profile: Composer Terence Blanchard Talks Da 5 Bloods, One Night in Miami…

April 7, 2021 | By
Contender Profile: Composer Terence Blanchard Talks <em>Da 5 Bloods</em>, <em>One Night in Miami…</em>

Beginning with Jungle Fever in 1991, Musician and Composer Terence Blanchard has been Spike Lee’s go-to guy for enhancing his films and television with just the right musical score. If you think about the variety of genres and tones that Lee brings to his work from biopics like Malcolm X to more mainstream crime-thrillers... »

Diane Warren and Laura Pausini Discuss Oscar-Nominated Song “Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead

March 30, 2021 | By
Diane Warren and Laura Pausini Discuss Oscar-Nominated Song “Io Si (Seen)” from <em>The Life Ahead</em>

After 13 Oscar nominations with no wins, cinematographer Roger Deakins became a sort of Internet meme as one of our most popular, “always a bridesmaid” craftsmen. But what about American songwriting legend Diane Warren? Perhaps you have listened to some of the music she composed, including the Oscar nominated classic hits “I Don’t Want... »

Contender Profile: Composer James Newton Howard on News of the World, Raya and the Last Dragon

March 8, 2021 | By
Contender Profile: Composer James Newton Howard on <em>News of the World</em>, <em>Raya and the Last Dragon</em>

With a career that spans four and a half decades, James Newton Howard is a composer’s composer, having received Grammys, Emmys and eight Academy Award nominations. Just a few highlights include writing the original main title sequence from the hit NBC show E.R. and co-writing the scores (with Hans Zimmer) for Christopher Nolan’s Batman... »

Society of Composers & Lyricists Announce Winners of 2nd Annual Awards

March 3, 2021 | By
Society of Composers & Lyricists Announce Winners of 2nd Annual Awards

The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) gave out its 2nd Annual SCL Awards on Tuesday, March 2 in a virtual ceremony. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste‘s score for the Disney-Pixar film Soul won in the Outstanding Original Score for a Studio Film, while Lolita Ritmanis’ score for Blizzard of Souls (Dvēseļu Putenis) won for Outstanding Original Score for an... »

Artist Spotlight: Composer Emile Mosseri on Scoring Minari

March 1, 2021 | By
Artist Spotlight: Composer Emile Mosseri on Scoring <em>Minari</em>

Every musician and composer has a different journey on their path to scoring for films and television, which is why there’s so much range and variety in the types of music used to embellish the sound and visuals of the media we consume. That’s particularly the case with Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari, a deeply... »

Artist Profile: Composer Nathan Halpern on Swallow and In the Same Breath

February 26, 2021 | By
Artist Profile: Composer Nathan Halpern on <em>Swallow</em> and <em>In the Same Breath</em>

Below the Line likes to shine the spotlight on some of the fresher new voices coming from the independent film space, as is the case with composer Nathan Halpern, who has done some amazing work over the past ten years or so. Halpern scored Chloé Zhao’s second film, The Rider, in 2017, and Bing... »

Guild of Music Supervisors Announces 11th Annual Award Nominees

February 26, 2021 | By
Guild of Music Supervisors Announces 11th Annual Award Nominees

The Guild of Music Supervisors has announced the nominees for its 11th annual awards, celebrating outstanding achievement in the craft of Music Supervision in film, television, games, advertising, and trailers. The 11th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards ceremony will take place virtually on Sunday, April 11. Maureen Crowe, the founding President of the Guild of Music Supervisors,... »