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Best Original Score Nominations Include Presidential Biopic and Fantasy Adventure

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning with John Williams once again up for a Best Score statuette.

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Soundcheck

It's Oscars Season: New Rules And Early Frontrunners

Monday, December 03, 2012

Melena Ryzik, writer of the New York Times' award season blog Carpetbagger, joins us to share a couple of important updates to this year's Academy Awards, including a change to the controversial "Best Original Song" category.

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Garson Kanin on 'Remembering Mr. Maugham'

Monday, October 29, 2012

WNYC

Garson Kanin's memoir of W. Somerset Maugham is the subject of his appearance at this 1967 Books and Authors Luncheon.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Your Industry's Oscar Nominations

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Academy Awards are this Sunday. Before the winners are announced, we want to know which films made the cut for your industry. Screenwriters, make-up artists, sound editors, actors, costume designers: which work would you nominate for your industry's category? What feature film, documentary, performance, or technical feat was a glaring omission from the Oscar nominations and what was spot on? Give us a call 212.433.WNYC, or post your story here!

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Top Five Best Score Oscar Snubs

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It wouldn't be an Academy Awards season with out a snub -- perceived or real. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross can join the company of Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone and Duke Ellington.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "Undefeated"

Monday, February 13, 2012

T.J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay, co-directors of "Undefeated", talk about their documentary following a football season at an inner city high school. "Undefeated" opens Friday, February 17.

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WQXR Blog

John Williams Leads Best Original Score Nominees

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

John Williams leads the Academy Award contenders for Best Original Score, with two nominations: for his work on "The Adventures of Tintin" and "War Horse."

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Schoolbook

Still Glowing From the 'Oscar Effect' at P.S. 22

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The world-famous chorus director at P.S. 22 on Staten Island, whose fifth-graders sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" at the Academy Awards, started the day like he does every other: with coffee, and Tori Amos.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYU Grad Wins Oscar

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Luke Matheny, 2011 Academy Award winner for best live action short film, "God of Love," talks about his film, which was also his graduate thesis at NYU's film school. 

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The Takeaway

Oscars: The Day After Hollywood's Big Night

Monday, February 28, 2011

"The King's Speech" took home best picture and three other trophies last night at the 83rd Academy Awards. Meanwhile, "Inception" also won four awards, mostly in technical categories. Other memorable moments included an exasperated Melissa Leo dropping the "f-word" while accepting her Oscar for best supporting actress, and co-host James Franco appearing on stage in a dress.

If you missed last night's broadcast, don't fret. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and co-host of The Takeaway Movie Date Podcast with Takeaway producer Kristen Meinzer, are here to help with their Oscar hangover cure: a hearty mix of the winners, losers, and surprises that will be heating up YouTube and the water cooler conversations today.

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The Takeaway

Oscars 2011: Young, Hip Hosts in a Decidedly Unyoung and Unhip Show

Monday, February 28, 2011

After nearly four hours of winners and losers and montages and speeches and glitzy gowns and fancy jewels, all I can say is … not every Oscars can be magical.

Or, more accurately, the Oscars can be downright boring.

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WQXR Features

'The Social Network' Wins Oscar for Best Original Score

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's synth-heavy, non-orchestral soundtrack for "The Social Network" was awarded Best Original Score at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. The duo also won the Golden Globe this year for their work on the film.

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WNYC News

Oscar Noms Have New York Connection

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Two films in contention for the Best Documentary designation at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday have strong ties to New York.

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The Takeaway

Who Will - and Who Should - Win Oscars

Friday, February 25, 2011

It’s hard to believe that Oscars day – my favorite day of the year – is only 48 hours away.

All year, I’ve been gearing up for the big day, watching everything from awful foreign language flicks (the worst: "Biutiful") to amazingly touching animated shorts (my favorite: "The Lost Thing").

Below are my predictions for who I think will win and who I want to win for a dozen randomly selected categories. Check back in late Sunday night/early Monday morning to get the final (and full) list of winners and be sure to follow my live Tweeting on Oscar night.

And don't forget, to make your own picks before Sunday!

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Rafer and Kristen's Oscar Picks

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Oscars are this Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and all week long, we’ve been gearing up for the big night, interviewing nominees and blogging about the awards show. And even before their nominations were announced, we were sitting down with Melissa Leo, Colin Firth, and Danny Boyle. Today we'll make our final bets on the weekend's winners and losers.

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Top Five Film Scores that Thrive as Concert Works

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

It takes a certain skill to compose a great film score. It takes an even more precise one to compose a great score that can be appreciated in a concert hall. Here are the top five scores that hold up on their own.

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The Takeaway

Live Action Short Oscar Nominee Luke Matheny on 'God of Love'

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Oscars are on Sunday and we take a closer look at what it's like to be nominated for an Academy Award. Luke Matheny is the director, writer and star of “God of Love,” a semi-tragic romantic comedy, which is nominated for best live action short. A first-time nominee, Matheny made his film as a school project. He explains what went into making his school film.

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WQXR Features

A Soundtrack Fit for a King

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

“The King’s Speech,” which won four Oscars on Sunday, punctuates a pivotal scene with a famous classical work – Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Yet its very prominence has fueled a growing online debate about the intent of the film's creators.

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The Takeaway

Bon Voyage, Best Actress Oscar Curse

Monday, February 14, 2011

It’s Valentine’s Day, and I can’t think of a better time to discuss what’s come to be known as the Best Actress Oscar Curse. No doubt, you’ve heard about it by now. If you haven’t, here’s a little crash course, starting with Sandra Bullock.

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The Takeaway

'Winter's Bone': The Last of the Ten Best Picture Nods

Monday, February 07, 2011

There was a time when just about every man, woman, and child in America could see all the best picture Oscar nominees before the big night; a time when the number of nominees was so manageable that you could see one movie a week between the nominations announcement and the awards show and still see them all. More innocent times, more innocent days, I remember them well. It’s hard not to. It was only two years ago. But then 2010 came along and changed everything. Or, more accurately, changed everything back.

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