The Oscars, in 2020.

It’s ten years since we shook things up by nominating ten films for Best Picture!  And didn’t that start things rolling! 

So, let’s have a look at this year’s winners in all the Music categories:

The Peter Weir Award For Manipulative Use Of Classical Music

Awarded to the director who shuns the film’s composer and plumps for some pre-written music at a crucial juncture.  Ideal pieces include any Bach cello suite, Gorecki’s 3rd, or something by Shostakovich.  This year the Peter Weir award goes, for the eighth time, to Peter Weir.

The Hall & Oates Comeback Award

For use of an almost forgotten pop song, during a montage sequence.  The judges had great difficulty choosing between Meredith Brooks’s “Bitch“, in The Devil Still Wears Prada, and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida“, in fourteen different films.  But the outright winner is Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face“, in Tom Cruise’s stunning directorial debut, Straight For Pay.

The Charlie Kaufman Having-it-Both-Ways Statue

A perpetual trophy given to the film maker who has the characters sing to one another at the film’s emotional climax.  Can be interpreted ironically, or enjoyed as pure schmaltz.  The judges are proud this year to acknowledge Dakota Fanning’s spectacular portrayal of Courtney Love, in Sofia Coppola’s Kurt Cobain biopic Rape Me.  The statue is awarded to both actor and director.

Awards retired this year

Best Original Score, Best Original Song

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