Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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Day Eight: Score, 1956

Music break, featuring the nominees for Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedic Picture:

Alfred Newman

The best thing about the movie is this lush score - regal, romantic, epic. The movie does not work, full stop, without this score.

Around the World in Eighty Days
Victor Young
19th and final nomination for score

One of those scores you can hum along with, even when it's your first time hearing it! A jaunt!

Between Heaven and Hell
Hugo Friedhofer

I love Friedhofer, a composer who knows from effective underscoring, always appropriately tailored for the movie at hand.

Dimitri Tiomkin

I mean, right? You hear this music, you see that title, and you think hell yeah, Giant is the word! Stirring, grand - Texas in music!

The Rainmaker
Alex North

Mischievous and playful and romantic in all the right places, much like the rainmaker of the title.


Victor Young won his first Academy Award...four months after he died:

My vote goes to:

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Tomorrow, the nominees for Best Supporting Actress: Mildred Dunnock (Baby Doll), Eileen Heckart (The Bad Seed), Dorothy Malone (Written on the Wind), Mercedes McCambridge (Giant) and Patty McCormack (The Bad Seed).

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