Granted, this post involved travel only insofar as I drove to various movie theaters to watch the Oscar nominated films. That technicality aside, I have to admit there’s something incredibly magical about the way a soundtrack, or even a single song, evokes the essence of a movie years or even decades after you’ve seen the film (I think of Star Wars, Out of Africa, the James Bond films…).
One notable omission to the list of nominees is the score to Manchester by the Sea, music by Lesley Barber, which was disqualified for nomination by an Academy rule against scores containing pre-existing music. The score to Manchester does contain music from the Messiah and Ella Fitzgerald & The Inkspots (“I’m Beginning to See the Light”) among others, but the original chorale and operatic compositions should be sufficient to warrant a nomination and a win, in my opinion. This is one restriction that should be dropped.
The box below contains excerpts from the Manchester by the Sea score:
Do you agree with the Academy’s nominees? And which score do you think will win the Oscar?
Watch the Oscars live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 4:00 p.m. Pacific.