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Day Three: The Scores

A music break, and a large one at that. If you've been here before, you may recall that the category for Music Score used to be split into two categories: Original and Adapted. The names sometimes changed - this year, they were called Scoring of a Dramatic/Comedy Picture and Scoring of a Musical Picture - but the kinds of films nominated in each category remained the same. The one exception would probably be On the Beach, whose "original score" gets quite a boost from its use of "Waltzing Matilda."

Let's have a listening party, shall we? Starting, after the jump, with.....

Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

The Five Pennies
Leith Stevens
adapting the music of James Milton Black, Sylvia Fine, William Steffe, et. al.

Li'l Abner
Joseph J. Lilley / Nelson Riddle
adapting the music of Gene de Paul

Porgy and Bess
André Previn
adapting the music of George Gershwin

Say One for Me
Lionel Newman
adapting the music of Jimmy Van Heusen

Sleeping Beauty
George Bruns
adapting the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Film

Miklós Rózsa

The Diary of Anne Frank
Alfred Newman

The Nun's Story
Franz Waxman

On the Beach
Ernest Gold

Pillow Talk
Frank De Vol

Also in the conversation...
  • Anatomy of a Murder, composed by Duke Ellington (Grammy Award Winner for Musical Composition, Sound Track Album, and Performance by a Dance Band) - you're reading that right: Duke Ellington won thrice at the 2nd Annual Grammy Awards, the first time a film score would pull of such a win without being nominated at the Academy Awards. *****
  • A Summer Place, composed by Max Steiner (Grammy Award Winner for Record of the Year) - the love theme (not the main title theme) was released as a single in late 1959; when it finally charted in 1960, it spent nine weeks at the top before winning at the 3rd Annual Grammy Awards *****

The winners that night were Porgy and Bess and, of course, Ben-Hur, which won just about every category it was up for that night.

My votes? For Best Musical Score, I vote for....


But for Best Dramatic/Comedy Score, I vote for...


Tomorrow, the nominees for Best Supporting Actor: Hugh Griffith in Ben-Hur, Arthur O'Connell in Anatomy of a Murder, George C. Scott in Anatomy of Murder, Robert Vaughn in The Young Philadelphians, and Keenan Wynn in The Diary of Anne Frank.

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