Roundup: Good and bad news for Desplat in the Oscar race
Also: R.I.P. Ravi Shankar, and why film culture lives on
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Sorry for the late roundup today -- I was waylaid by SAG's dawn chorus. That's obviously the news on everyone's minds right now, but I'm going to rewind to an Oscar announcement I failed to mention yesterday: the official list of 104 films eligible for the Best Original Score award. Not a particularly newsworthy list and one I was initially going to skip -- except that, when searching for conspicuous omissions, one name came up... twice. Alexandre Desplat, one of the hardest workers in the game, may be a regular nominee these days, but he only went three-for-five with his 2012 slate -- and for my money, the two Desplat scores that missed the cut showcase his best work this year. "Moonrise Kingdom"'s interpolations of existing classical work doubtless cost it a place (furthering the case for a Best Adapted Score category), but I'm less sure why his moodily throbbing work on "Rust and Bone" isn't on the list. His Oscar hopes now rest with "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Rise of the Guardians." [AMPAS]
Dave Karger launches his awards coverage at a new outlet with a simple list of predictions, though it seems there's some interesting content to come. [Fandango]
Another great A.O. Scott piece that I missed this week: why the various critics lamenting the supposed death of film culture are wrong. Hear, hear. [New York Times]
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