The 86th Annual Academy Awards will air on March 2, and will be hosted by the ever hilarious and avid music lover, Ellen DeGeneres.
While the event predominantly celebrates achievements in film, extraordinary film and music teams are also recognized for their collaborations with two categories: Original Song, and Original Score.
The nominees, as we mentioned several weeks ago, include some of music’s most distinguished composers and progressive songwriters, such as John Williams, Thomas Newman, U2, Pharrell, and Karen O. Although, if you’re not familiar with some of the prospective winners, then stay tuned to MSC over the next few days for all the details, and make your predictions on our Oscars poll!
"The Moon Song" from Her
Here’s this year’s “indie darling.” You’re probably thinking “Spike Jonze, Spike Jonze… I know that name,” well its likely you do. The auteur director has certainly made a name for himself in recent years with 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are, which brought to life every American’s childhood, and now Her. Although, the name might be otherwise familiar to you, as in his pre-Wild Things era, Spike Jonze was the co-creator for the popular television show, Jackass.
Jonze has always understood the fine line between indie/hipster and mainstream. His films weave pop-culture narratives with artistic direction and edgy music into glorious tapestries. Her follows the story of a man in love with an operating system--it’s rather difficult to explain this movie, actually, but it has become such a cultural icon, we’re sure you’re familiar.
This year’s chances for “The Moon Song” seem pretty good as almost all of Wild Things’ nominations were in music categories. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s front woman Karen O was brought on for that film (having been a long-time friend of Jonze’s) to collaborate with versatile composer Carter Burwell on a playful yet modern and mature score and it did exceptionally well.
In Her, music supervisor Ren Klyce -- known for The Social Network, and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo -- brought an interesting edge by showing his understanding of the way music works for a film. See our post later today on Her’s score.
“The Moon Song,” features the return of Karen O in collaboration with Jonze himself. The tune is featured over a montage and is used as a love-theme of sorts, but its minimalistic sound, mumbling lyrics, and folksy feel give a strong chance with younger audiences.
Warner Brother’s seems set on scoring this Oscar, as Karen and Spike are set to perform the song at the event on Sunday. It is certainly the black sheep of the category, or in true Jonze fashion, more of a neon pink black sheep.