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    Academy Music Branch Skips 'Birdman' and 'Whiplash' Drumming Scores, Full Song and Score Entries

    Why the Academy music branch threw out the drumming scores for "Whiplash" and "Birdman."

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    How to Make a Gorgeous Western: Lenser Prieto and Composer Beltrami on 'The Homesman'

    Tommy Lee Jones hauntingly turns the Western upside down in "The Homesman," an exploration of harsh frontier life for women in 19th century Nebraska. The brutal winds were enough to make anyone go insane. Hilary Swank and Jones come together for the oddest of journeys, brilliantly photographed by Ro...

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    How Composer Alexandre Desplat Captures Different WWII Vibes for 'Imitation Game' and 'Unbroken'

    Another Oscar season means another opportunity for prolific French composer, Alexandre Desplat, to finally earn his long-deserved Academy Award.

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    How the 'Interstellar' Crafts Team Experiments with Sight and Sound

    Composer Hans Zimmer, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, sound mixer Gregg Landaker and costume designer Mary Zophres talk bringing Christopher Nolan's space odyssey to life (listen to the score and watch a featurette).

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    Inside the Making of 'Theory of Everything,' From Prosthetics to Big Bangs and More (Video)

    James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything" brilliantly turns Stephen Hawking's life into a metaphysical love story about the collision of macro and micro Big Bangs.

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    The 11 Best Horror Film Scores to Haunt You This Halloween

    Blast these 11 horror film scores for a truly frightening Halloween.

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    Watch: How 'Birdman' Composer Antonio Sanchez Drummed the Score

    Jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez collaborated closely on the unusual 'Birdman' score with filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu. It's all drums.

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    How 'Boxtrolls' Composer Marianelli Waltzes Through Stop-Motion Steampunk Madness

    Oscar-winning composer Dario Marianelli ("Atonement") didn't hesitate to work on the Victorian steampunk madness of "The Boxtrolls." He loves the way the animators at Laika conjure "the surreal, the dark, the grotesque, and the comedic."

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    Review: 'The Knick,' Steven Soderbergh's Master Class in Historical Fiction

    Far beyond the confines of the surgical field, Soderbergh's immersive work of art redefines the aesthetic possibilities of the period drama.

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    John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel Take The Academy Behind the Score

    If you're a music buff, especially one in Los Angeles, the names John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel are practically sacred.

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