THE 79 th OSCAR WINNERS LIST


Complete list of winners at the 79th annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles:

Best Motion Picture: “The Departed”
Lead Actor: Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland”
Lead Actress: Helen Mirren, “The Queen”
Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, “Little Miss Sunshine”
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls”
Directing: Martin Scorsese, “The Departed”
Foreign Language Film: “The Lives of Others,” Germany
Adapted Screenplay: William Monahan, “The Departed”
Original Screenplay: Michael Arndt, “Little Miss Sunshine”
Animated Feature Film: “Happy Feet”
Art Direction: “Pan’s Labyrinth”
Cinematography: “Pan’s Labyrinth”
Sound Mixing: “Dreamgirls”
Sound Editing: “Letters From Iwo Jima”

Original Score: “Babel,” Gustavo Santaolalla
Original Song:
“I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth,” Melissa Etheridge
Costume: “Marie Antoinette”
Documentary Feature: “An Inconvenient Truth”
Documentary Short Subject: “The Blood of Yingzhou District”
Film Editing: “The Departed”
Makeup: “Pan’s Labyrinth”
Animated Short Film: “The Danish Poet”
Live Action Short Film: “West Bank Story”
Visual Effects: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”
Jean Hersholt Award (Oscar statuette): Sherry Lansing.
Honorary Academy Award (Oscar statuette): Ennio Morricone

‘THE FLY’ OPERA


The Fly, the opera from composer Howard Shore, librettist David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and director David Cronenberg, based on Cronenberg’s 1986 remake, will have its world premiere in Paris on July 1, 2008, followed by its American premiere in Los Angeles on September 7, 2008.

NEW SCORE ASSIGNMENTS


John Williams – Indiana Jones IV, Abraham Lincoln (both films to be directed by Steven Spielberg)
Lennie Niehaus – Comanche Moon (TV)

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


Intrada – SPELLBOUND (Miklos Rozsa, The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Allan Wilson, April)
Perseverance Records – DEADLY FRIEND (Charles Bernstein, March)

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


THE NUMBER 23 – Harry Gregson-Williams (New Line 39081)
ROME – Jeff Beal (Rykodisc 10896)

COMPOSER AARON ZIGMAN COLLABORATES WITH JOHN LEGEND FOR "PRIDE"


Lionsgate Releases Film March 23, Score CD March 13

(HOLLYWOOD, CA) – Composer and producer Aaron Zigman scores “Pride” for director Sunu Gonera. Starring Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, and Tom Arnold, the film is based on the true story of inner city Philadelphia swim coach Jim Ellis. The story revolves around Ellis’ fight to build a swim team in one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods in the 1970s. “Pride” hits theaters March 23 through Lionsgate Entertainment with the Lionsgate soundtrack leading March 13.
In addition to providing the film’s score, Zigman co-wrote the film’s signature song “Dare to Dream” with R&B crooner John Legend This inspirational and melodic ballad cleverly combines Legend’s smooth voice with Zigman’s powerful orchestration.

As one of Hollywood’s most diversified young composer, Zigman is no stranger to collaboration. He made a name for himself producing and arranging for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Nona Gaye, the Pointer Sisters and Christina Aguilera. Known for his command of rhythm and different styles, he developed his knack for melody into his scoring career, ranging from R&B to a classical score for “Pride”; Urban to Industrial for “Alpha Dog”; and the epic score for Disney’s “Bridge to Terabithia.”

As a classically trained pianist, Zigman developed a strong musical foundation early in life, allowing him to work on everything from popular music to orchestral concert works. His numerous symphonic pieces include a 35 minute-long tone poem divided into five movements, composed as a tribute to former Israeli Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin; and “Impressions,” a suite for a wind ensemble. Zigman premiered his original concert work, “Vis Vitae,” at the Third Annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival. Expanding his repertoire to include film, Zigman began to arrange and orchestrate for features such as “Mulan,” “The Birdcage,” “Licensed to Kill” and “Pocahontas.”

“Pride” is a clear indication of another very productive year to come for Zigman. Zigman-scored films released in 2006 include projects as diverse as “Flicka,” “ATL,” “Akeelah and the Bee,” “Take the Lead,” “Step Up,” “Alpha Dog,” and “The Virgin of Juarez.” His latest film for the busy composer is Disney’s “Bridge to Terabithia” for Gabor Csabo. Upcoming projects include “The Martian Child” with John and Joan Cusack.

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


Tadlow – THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Miklos Rozsa, April 18th)
Varèse Sarabande – March 27th: GRINDHOUSE (Robert Rodriguez), THE REAPING (John Frizzell), THE ULTIMATE GIFT (Mark McKenzie)

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


Arizona Si Scateno’ E Li Fece Fuori – Tutti Bruno Nicolai (Saimel 3998010)
The Astronaut Farmer – Stewart Matthewman (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 790 2)
Beat The Drum – Klaus Badelt & Ramin Djawadi (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 787 2)
Catch And Release – BT & Tommy Stinson (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 793 2)
Ghost Rider – Christopher Young (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 789 2)
Goldsmith: His Final Recordings – Jerry Goldsmith (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 788 2, 3 CDs)
L’Uomo Senza Memoria – Gianni Ferrio (Digitmovies CDDM 075)
Max Dugan Returns – David Shire / Marvin Hamlisch (Intrada Special Collection Volume 39) – 41:50
Norbit – David Newman, Various (Lakeshore 33903)
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles – Scott Glasgow (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 792 2)
Roma Contro Roma (War Of The Zombies) – Roberto Nicolosi (Digitmovies CDDM 076)
Sodom And Gomorrah (2 CDs) – Miklos Rozsa (Digitmovies CDDM 074)
Una Nuvola Di Polvere / Un Grido Di Morte /Arriva Sartana – Bruno Nicolai (Saimel 3997910)