Friday, February 25, 2011

Oscar crowns a new "King" on Sunday

On Sunday, Hollywood's best and brightest gather for the 83rd time as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gives their awards of merit, known worldwide as the OSCARS(c).  "The King's Speech" is the front runner to win Best Picture.

Though we're as interested in who's going to win each category as much as the next person, we're particularly excited about this year's crop of nominated composers for Best Original Score.  All this week on KPAC, Nathan Cone and John Clare have been trading ideas about who will win as they sample some of the music for each nominated film.  You can listen to their discussions through the audio links below, which include short excerpts from the nominated scores.

The Social Network: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, composers

Inception: Hans Zimmer, composer

Nathan thinks Desplat will take home the gold for "The King's Speech," but John says the Oscar will go to Reznor and Ross for "The Social Network."  Who do YOU think will win?  Let us know in the comments box below.

And if you haven't gotten enough Oscar music, visit NPR Music to listen to a special audio stream curated by Nathan Cone, the staff of KPAC, and you.  Songs and Scores of Oscars Past is online now at NPR's companion music site, and it featured over 100 Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated songs and scores.

Enjoy, and we'll see you at the movies!

--Nathan Cone

No comments: