Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Day Seven: Music, 1969

Music time, folks - a ten-deep one, as we look at the nominees for both Best Score and Best Musical Score.

Naturally, John Williams shows up in both categories, the first of many times he would be double-nominated. He had recently broken-through with his nomination in Best Adaptation and/or Treatment Score (as Best Musical Score was then known) for Valley of the Dolls in 1967. Thus was launched one of the most successful careers in all of show business, the rare composer that's also a household name: 24 Grammys, seven BAFTA Awards, five Oscars, four Golden Globes. His movie themes can be heard in theme parks across the world, and his theme for the NBC Nightly News can be heard, er, nightly.

Let's hear the competition after the jump.

The nominees for Best Score (Not a Musical):

Anne of the Thousand Days
Georges Delerue
first of five nominations; Golden Globe nominee for Best Original Score

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Burt Bacharach
first and only nomination in this category; BAFTA Award winner for Outstanding Film Music, Golden Globe winner for Best Original Score

The Reivers
John Williams

The Secret of Santa Vittoria
Ernest Gold
fourth and final nomination in this category; Golden Globe nominee for Best Original Score

The Wild Bunch
Jerry Fielding
first of three nominations


Oscar went for Burt Bacharach:

In this (rare) case, I prefer the score that doesn't announce itself bleatingly, but is of a piece with its film somber men-on-a-mission tone. My vote to:


Now the nominees for Best Musical Score:

Goodbye, Mr. Chips
original music by Leslie Bricusse
orchestrations and score by John Williams
first of four nominations in this category for Bricusse; second of five nominations in this category for Williams

Hello, Dolly!
Lennie Hayton / Lionel Newman
adapting the music of Jerry Herman
sixth and final nomination for Hayton; ninth and final nomination in this category for Newman

Paint Your Wagon
Nelson Riddle
adapting the music of Frederick Loewe

Sweet Charity
Cy Coleman
adapting his Broadway score
first and only nomination

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Johnny Green / Albert Woodbury
adapting popular music of the 1930s
eleventh and final nomination in this category for Green; first and only nomination for Woodbury


Naturally, Best Picture nominee Hello, Dolly! went home the winner - holy crap, you got to see the presentation, where Oliver!'s Shani Wallis explains the rules in song before singing the nominees and WOW wait 'til you hear the Hello, Dolly! contributors sung to a calypso beat:

But I was surprised to find myself most bowled-over by.....


(Actually, I quite like that movie overall, but I can't defend the choice of singers, except to say that it works for me...)

Tomorrow, the nominees for Best Original Screenplay: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidThe Damned, Easy Rider and The Wild Bunch.

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