TMP – Oscar Winner Edition: Best Original Score and Best Original Song

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

This week is once again part of the Oscar Winner Edition, which will continue to be a reoccurring theme during each month. As was evident from the post title, we are dealing with Best Original Song and Best Original Score this time around – another two for one post! Music is such an important component to filmmaking, as is sound design in general. I’m looking forward to diving into some good music today!

Best Original Score

Soul

(Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Jon Batiste)

Soul was a beautiful movie that lived off of music, so it only makes sense to mention it here. Jazz in general might not be for everyone, but I’m sure it can enchant you here. (Also, it’s not like it’s all “just” jazz.)

Black Panther

(Ludwig Göransson)

I’ve mentioned Black Panther a lot for these posts, but 1) I’m happy when superhero movies get recognition from the Academy and 2) the movie was fantastic/iconic/a whole movement. If I hear a certain rhythm of tribal drums, I immediately think of Wakanda and/or the Dora Milaje. The score did THAT!

Finding Neverland

(Jan A. P. Kaczmarek)

I was obsessed with this movie when I was like 11 years old. I’m sure I watched it 20+ times and I cried every single one of them. To me, that movie was pure magic and my Peter Pan loving heart was all in.

Best Original Song

Man or Muppet (The Muppets)

(music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie)

Is this song ridiculous? Absolutely! Did it still get stuck in my head? Yes, it sure did!

Remember Me (Coco)

(music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez)

My favorite song from Coco is actually “Un Poco Loco”, but this one made me tear up in the end. So, it deserves to be on this list.

Falling Slowly (Once)

(music and lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová)

I just love the song! All the more for getting covered on a show I love (Good Trouble), but that’s another story.

You’ll Be In My Heart (Tarzan)

(music and lyrics by Phil Collins)

I love the whole soundtrack. Phil Collins doing all the songs in dozens of languages, despite not speaking them, was just the cherry on top. I will admit to having grown up with mostly the German versions of the Tarzan songs, but it is (next to the Anastasia soundtrack) one of the most played CDs of my childhood.

Honorable Mentions

I couldn’t go without a little shout out to some more songs that I loved and that were nominated, however, didn’t win.

  • Mystery of Love by Sufjan Stevens (Call Me by Your Name)
  • Lost Stars from the movie Begin Again (performed by Keira Knightley and Adam Levine in different versions)
  • Coming Home from the movie Country Strong (which has a fantastic soundtrack in general)
  • A LOT of Disney songs …
  • Tron: Legacy was snubbed for Best Score, because it was never even nominated. You can fight me on that, but I’ll stick to that opinion.

Which songs and scores would have made it onto your list? What did you think of my selection? Let’s talk about that!

TMP – Oscar Winner Edition: Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

This week is once again part of the Oscar Winner Edition, which will continue to be a reoccurring theme during each month. As you were likely able to see because of the title, today’s topics will be Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. I’m alright with doing two categories per Oscar post, to be completely honest, especially when they fit together so well. I’ll once again try not to double the movies in both categories though, as that tends to be something they get nominated for at the same time. Let’s dive right in!

Best Costume Design

Little Women

I will never pass up a chance to praise this movie, I loved it with all my freaking heart. It’s literally my most favorite iteration of the story and I cannot get enough of it. The costumes seemed fitting for every character, either making them more prim or chaotic, depending on their personality, while still making it fit the time period.

Black Panther

I love when superhero movies get recognition from awards. I guess costumes would be one of the easier wins, but still, Black Panther was a whole moment. And the costumes were fire – especially the suits for T’Challa and Killmonger.

The Great Gatsby

I know the movie has its flaws and not everyone appreciated the anachronistic approach at times, I won’t argue with that. But I loved the look of it all. It was so lavish and golden, I was really drawn to it all.

Alice in Wonderland

Not a Burton fan necessarily, but I am a huge Alice in Wonderland fan. I really enjoyed the costumes in this one and like Mia as the lead very much. I remember seeing it several times, no joke.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

This movie – I was so sad they never continued with the series. Yes, it’s not a 100% faithful adaptation, but it was really fun and I loved it regardless. I put it on this list today, because I was out there wanting to copy Violet’s hairstyle for months. It never looked like hers, but I tried.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson movies have a certain look and the costume and make up and hair is a big part of that. I don’t know if JUST the hair and make up stood out on this one particularly, but I’d still like to honor it.

Pan’s Labyrinth

This movie was beautiful and gruesome at the same time. It was real and fantastical. So many contradicting elements working together and I loved it for it.


What did you think of the movies I picked? Did you agree with me? Let’s talk about it!

TMP – Oscar Winner Edition: Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

This week is once again part of the Oscar Winner Edition, which will continue to be a reoccurring theme during each month. Today we are tackling the categories Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. We’ve had two categories in one before and I think it worked alright, so I hope I can make this one work as well. I don’t think I pay as much attention to visual effects on an active level as I do with cinematography, but those are both such important elements of the industry. I found a lot of movies that were nominated and/or won in both categories, but I tried not to use the same movies in both for my list. Let’s dive in!

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Navarro)

I love this movie, even though it breaks my heart every single time. It just has such an interesting atmosphere and the look definitely speaks for itself. I even read the book (you can find my review here) and felt like it just added to the magic.

Hugo (Robert Richardson)

It wasn’t my favorite movie, but I was utterly enchanted by the look of it. Just from the trailer alone, I thought “yes, I want to see what this is” and it looked so beautiful.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Ex Machina (Mark Williams Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris and Andrew Whitehurst)

You’ve heard me gush about Ex Machina before, because I love the cast and story. Alicia Vikander as a robot was so well done! I think that definitely earned them the Oscar.

Babe (Scott E. Anderson, Charles Gibson, Neal Scanlan and John Cox)

I just couldn’t resist featuring this movie, because I loved it as a kid. Talking farm animals were just the best. Need I say more? I probably should, but I don’t know what … just that I’ve never seen it in English and feel odd not hearing it in the German dubbed version.


What did you think of my picks? Which movies would you have chosen? Let’s talk!

TMP – Oscar Winner Edition: Best Actor/Actress

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

This week is once again part of the Oscar Winner Edition, which will pop up every now and then during the year and will let us focus on movies that received the Academy Award. As I’ve established before, this is not exactly a specialty of mine, but let’s see what I can come up with for Best Actor/Actress today. I feel like I’ve seen a lot of the movies from the past 2-3 decades, but I never felt that those movies were my favourites.

Room – Brie Larson

This movie is just outstanding. The premise is so heartbreaking and the point of view unique, since it mostly rests on Jacob Tremblay’s character. Still, Brie Larson gave this everything she got and made me cry several times with the impossible decisions that had to be made.

The Blind Side – Sandra Bullock

I realise this is one of those white saviour movies and I’m not excusing that narrative, but I’m a weird sucker for American Football content and I really liked it when I saw it for the first time. I think this was also the year Sandra Bullock was nominated and received the Golden Raspberry for worst performance, which I just find hilarious.

Forrest Gump – Tom Hanks

Forrest Gump is just a classic and Tom Hanks will forever been associated with the iconic role. Is there more to say?

The Artist – Jean Dujardin

I just thought it was fantastic that a French actor won in this category with a black and white silent movie in the year 2011. I mean, what are the chances?

Nominees Who Would Have (Also) Deserved the Win

I’m not here to debate whether someone rightfully got the Oscar or not, but sometimes there’s just people who I’d also have liked to see get the award. So, here are some examples:

  • Captain Fantastic – Viggo Mortensen
  • Get Out – Daniel Kaluuya
  • Little Women – Saoirse Ronan (or for Brooklyn, or Lady Bird)
  • The Devil Wears Prada – Meryl Streep
  • Pride & Prejudice – Keira Knightley
  • Finding Neverland – Johnny Depp


What are some of your favourite Best Actor/Actress Oscar Winners? What did you think of my picks? Let’s talk!