Oscar Nominees for Best Score, and the Musical Urgency of 'Downton Abbey'

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

An Oscar Award statuette. An Oscar Award statuette. (Getty Images)

This year's contenders for the Best Score Oscar are Dario Marianelli for "Anna Karenina," Alexandre Desplat for "Argo," Mychael Danna for "Life of Pi," John Williams for "Lincoln," and Thomas Newman for "Skyfall." Host David Garland is joined by Slate.com film critic Dana Stevens to present music from these scores, and to talk about the films and the power and effectiveness of their music.

Plus, TV's popular "Downton Abbey" is given a sense of urgency and importance by John Lunn's score for the series. Garland investigates the way Lunn's type of romantic minimalism has become the style often associated with period dramas and literary adaptations.

Comments [7]

Daniel from New York

What a delight to have the Downton Abbey music as a denouement! Great segment.


Feb. 09 2013 05:17 PM
Rodolfo Galecio from Lima, Perú

All this evocative music remind me when there´s a confluence of several art's manifestations we're in front of an entirely new way of expressing our humanity, some time along we called it Opera, let's do it again!

Jan. 30 2013 08:54 PM
David Garland

Dave Stuckey, please try clicking on the arrow in the audio player above to listen to the show. It works for me!

Jan. 15 2013 08:07 AM
Dave Stuckey

'Listen' icon takes me to 'page not found'. I'd love to hear the show...is it archived anywhere else on the site?

Jan. 14 2013 04:45 PM
David Garland

Stephanie, this show featured music by the "Newman Dynasty" http://www.wqxr.org/#!/programs/movies/2010/jun...
But a show devoted entirely to Alfred Newman is a good idea!

Jan. 13 2013 02:24 PM
Stephanie J. Hughes from Manchester, NJ

David, Thomas Newman is Alfred Newman's youngest son. He's a wonderful composer! I'm glad that you like him, too. You could actually "do" a show just on him, his stuff is that good!

I listen to you every week!!!!

Jan. 12 2013 09:48 PM
Bert Ernest from NYC

I really enjoy Movies on the Radio, but I have to say that last year's Oscar show with Dana Stevens' often cynical commentary really deflated David's enjoyable and appreciated movie music knowledge and enthusiasm. I will not be tuning in to this week's show. How about a different guest for the Oscar show each year?? Maybe someone who is more intimately knowledgeable about film scores and not just a armchair quarterback?

Jan. 11 2013 12:07 PM

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