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THE 2017 OSCAR NOMINATIONS AT THE FILM MUSIC CATEGORIES

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Mica Levi for “Jackie”
  • Justin Hurwitz for “La La Land”
  • Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran for “Lion
  • Nicholas Britell for “Moonlight
  • Thomas Newman for “Passengers

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THE 2016 OSCAR WINNERS AT THE FILM MUSIC CATEGORIES

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Ennio Morricone -“The Hateful Eight”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ from “Spectre” – (Jimmy Napes/Sam Smith)

THE 2015 OSCAR WINNERS AT THE FILM MUSIC CATEGORIES

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Alexandre Desplat -“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: ‘Glory’ – “Selma”

THE 2015 OSCAR NOMINATIONS AT THE FILM MUSIC CATEGORIES

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

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Grammy Award Winning Arranger Nan Schwartz contributes orchestrations for Oscar nominated scores ARGO and LIFE OF PI

Schwartz receives Grammy-nomination “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist” for “Wild is the Wind” performed by Whitney Kaufman and the London Symphony Orchestra.

(West Hollywood, CA) January 31, 2013—Grammy award winning arranger/composer Nan Schwartz contributed orchestrations to two Oscar nominated film scores this year: ARGO and LIFE OF PI. The score for ARGO won the Satellite Award, the score for Life of Pi won the Golden Globe and both scores are Academy Award nominated. Nan Schwartz is nominated this year for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for “Wild is the Wind” performed by Whitney Kaufman and the London Symphony Orchestra. 

For ARGO, film composer Alexandre Desplat combined Iranian influences with classic orchestration. He turned to colleague Nan Schwartz, who had previously worked with him on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and the Oscar nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button among other projects. LIFE OF PI marks her first collaboration with the film’s composer Mychael Danna.

Nan Schwartz’s talents as an arranger are displayed on trumpeter Arturo Sandoval’s latest CD, “Dear Diz,” a three-time Latin Grammy winner (2012) and a three-time Grammy nominee this year. In addition, Schwartz recently returned from Berlin where she conducted her arrangements for European superstar/musician Till Bronner.

A pioneer female composer, Nan Schwartz has garnered accolades for her work. Her musical talents can be heard in all genres, from numerous television series, jazz albums, concert works to film scores. In 2009, she received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for “Here’s That Rainy Day” performed by Natalie Cole. Other Grammy nominations include her arrangements on John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra’s Night and Day: Celebrate Sinatra. As a composer, Schwartz is best known for scoring the entire television series In the Heat of the Night. Other awards include seven Emmy award nominations, including an unprecedented three in one year. Additionally, Nan Schwartz has created demo recordings based on the best seller E.L. James Fifty Shades of Gray. She hopes her musical interpretation earns her consideration as the composer for the upcoming film.

THE 2013 OSCAR NOMINATIONS AT THE FILM MUSIC CATEGORIES

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina

Alexandre Desplat, Argo

Mychael Danna, Life of Pi

John Williams, Lincoln

Thomas Newman, Skyfall

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

– “Skyfall” – Skyfall

– “Everybody Needs A Friend” – Ted

– “Pi’s Lullabye” –  Life of Pi

– “Suddenly” – Les Miserables

– “Before My Time” – Chasing Ice

JOHN HUNTER’S SCORE SOARS IN OSCAR NOMINATED FOR BEST ANIMATED SHORT

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Oscar Nominated For Best Animated Short
(Los Angeles, CA) February 7, 2012— John Hunter, composer and partner at Breed Music, scores the Academy Award nominated animated short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot Studios. The team also worked together on the accompanying app which was named by Apple as one of the “Top 5 New Apps for iPad.” Both the fantastically innovative short and app use a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and MGM Technicolor musicals. John Hunter of Breed Music collaborated on Moonbot Studios’ newest app, The Numberlys. In addition to Lessmore and Numberlys, Breed has worked with Oldenburg on ad campaigns.
John Hunter stated, “I worked closely with the directors to musically convey their vision since the music is such a key component in the storytelling.” The directors wanted to include an ornamentation of the folk song/nursery rhyme “Pop Goes the Weasel” as a theme in the original score. Hunter incorporated a 50 piece orchestra to create a powerful yet retro score that interacts with the visual, mirroring Morris Lessmore’s adventures and emotions.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, written by William Joyce (Rolie Polie Olie and Meet the Robinsons), follows Lessmore, a man devoted to books, to an unfamiliar place where books live. Inspired by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, Louisiana based Moonbot Studios created the story using a variety of techniques, including miniatures, computer animation and 2D animation. The Apple app allows the reader to participate throughout the story by painting the sky, writing in the book or playing the piano all while reading and watching the graphics.
John Hunter is a partner, composer, and music producer at Breed Music. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Hunter partnered with fellow alum Jon Slott to form Juniper Music, a music production company with clients including Coca-Cola, Dodge, and Southwest Airlines. They later merged with long- time competitor Brian Flores to form Breed Music. The Dallas based music production company specializes in scoring and sound design for feature films, shorts, and commercials. Breed clients include HBO, NBC, ESPN, McDonald’s, Budweiser, BMW, AT&T and Ford. Hunter’s film credits include Big Stan, American Virgin, and Tekken.

THE 2012 OSCAR NOMINATIONS AT THE FILM MUSIC CATEGORIES

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN – John Williams
THE ARTIST – Ludovic Bource
HUGO – Howard Shore
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY – Alberto Iglesias
WAR HORSE – John Williams

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)

“MAN OR MUPPET” – The Muppets – Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
“REAL IN RIO” – Rio – Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Lyric by Seidah Garrett