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How To Score a Best Picture Winner

George C. Scott

Composer Jerry Goldsmith possessed a unique gift of being able to write music to emotionally support a film and to convey musically the inexpressible and unseen. His Oscar-nominated, landmark score for the 1970 film Patton brilliantly illustrates this with its unexpected and memorable use of two trumpets that play a three-note pattern that is manipulated to intentionally add delay to the notes.

114 Original Scores in 2013 Oscar® Race

The 86th Academy Awards
One hundred fourteen scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2013 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 86th Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

      "Admission," Stephen Trask, composer
      "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," Daniel Hart, composer

"Academy Orchestrates Oscar® Concert Celebrating Nominated Scores And Songs"

The Oscar Concert
 For the first time as part of its annual Oscar Week events, the Academy will present a live "Oscar Concert" celebrating this year's nominated scores and songs on Thursday, February 27, at 8 p.m. at UCLA's Royce Hall.

The program features an 80-piece orchestra performing suites from each of the nominated original scores, conducted by their composers. They include:

William Butler and Owen Pallett, "Her"
Alexandre Desplat, "Philomena"

The Academy Steps Behind the Score with Composers Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Santaolalla and John Williams

Behind the Score
Composers Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Santaolalla and John Williams will gather at the Academy for “Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer,” on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.  In a conversation hosted by Tavis Smiley, the illustrious trio will discuss significant musical moments in film that have inspired their work as they examine the art and process of creating a film score as well as the director-composer collaboration.