Howard Shore secured a well-deserved Academy Award Sunday for his score for the first part of the Tolkien trilogy - 'The Fellowship of the Ring.'
After some 60 film scores without a single nomination, Shore recieved, by all accounts, an Oscar validated by both popular and critical acclaim.
Up against the likes of the multi-Oscar winner, John Williams, Shore's score scooped the award with music that combines a suitably Wagnerian sensibility with a subtlety all too rare in movie music.
Employing innovations such as a Maori choir ('The Fellowship of the Ring' was set in New Zealand and the Director is a New Zealander) the score reflects the urgency, the lyricism and the breadth of Tolkien's creation.
Best song Oscar went to the venerable singer-song-writer, Randy Newman for 'If I didn't have you' from the movie Monsters Inc.
Newman, nominated 16 times without ever taking home the hallowed statuette, placated the roaring, standing ovation he recieved in typically comic-mordant mode, saying, "I don't want your pity."
Newman himself would have been sanguine enough about the fact that earlier in the evening his sixteenth nomination for an Academy Award went to none other than Howard Shore!
Mon Mar 25 2002 (11:49:06 PM)