Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Whopper Awards 2006 - Part 7

The Nominees for Best Cinematography of 2006:
Dion Beebe (Miami Vice)
Robert Elswit (Syriana)
Emmanuel Lubezki (Children Of Men)
Tom Stern (Flags Of Our Fathers)

From the first shot to the last Miami Vice was an extraordinary film to look it, due in no small part to the excellent photographic direction of one Dion Beebe. The selection of coloured filters, camera angles the way the camera swept over the shiny cars and fast boats even during scenes shot in dim light were extraordinary. Watch his ultimate achievement- the photography involved in the final car-door-as-a-shield-shootout.

The Nominees For Best Score of 2006:
John Powell (X-Men: The Last Stand)
David Arnold (Casino Royale)
Hans Zimmer (Pirates Of The Carribean: Dead Man's Chest)
John Ottman (Superman Returns)

There is a remarkable trend in movies that sometimes even the worst of films can have the best music. My own collection of film scores have work from countless crap and most forgettable films like First Knight, National Treasure, Robocop 3, Sky Captain and the World Of Tomorrow, Spy Kids, The Devil's Own and even Waterworld. With the exception of the most excellent Casino Royale the remaining nominations this year follow the trend and are for scores of movies which were otherwise a total let down (to me if not the Box-office). I'm delighted to reveal that Hans Zimmer has retained the Whopper award which he co-recieved last year with James Newton Howard. Zimmer wrote the themes for the original Pirates Of The Carribean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl but due to prior contracts he was unable to score the film instead giving it to perhaps his most able current collaborator and student Klaus Badelt. For the sequel however Zimmer was able to take the helm and score the entire film giving us the best score of the year (if nothing unique).

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