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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: The 2018 Top Forty Composer Countdown (Abbreviated Version) by Scott Bettencourt
 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2018 - 9:36 PM   
 By:   jgraebner   (Member)

You listed no upcoming assignments for Christophe Beck, but he confirmed over a year ago that he is signed for next year's "Frozen 2" (http://filmmusicreporter.com/2017/04/26/christophe-beck-to-return-for-disneys-frozen-2/).

This is always an interesting list, but your rankings sometimes are real head-scratchers. Strange seeing Alan Silvestri drop a couple positions after his best year in a long time (your post is the first I've seen to suggest that "Ready Player One" was a box-office disappointment, by the way -- it came in pretty much where expected).

Ranking Alexandre Desplat at #1 last year was a stretch, but it is downright ridiculous in a year where he had no hits and his only major confirmed upcoming assignment is for a sequel to a mid-tier animated feature.

 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2018 - 9:52 PM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

It's not so much that certain composers drop as that other composers rise above them -- I can't assume Ludwig Goransson will have another year like this one, but it was a hell of a year for a new-ish composer, even before he got shortlisted.

As for Desplat, I know it's a debatable choice, but he's one of the few that can really straddle giant hits (the Harry Potters, Secret Life of Pets) and major Oscar movies(look at all the Best Picture nominees he's scored -- including three winners -- in just the last 12 years; Williams has been scoring films for roughly 60 years and still has only one Best Picture winner), and he doesn't have the negative baggage of Hans Zimmer, who also scores blockbusters and Best Picture winners but is often cited as a negative example of what people don't like about contemporary film music (and not just by orchestral score collectors).

Of course, the list is arbitrary, as all such lists must be. Thank you for reading it; I'm glad someone does.

 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2018 - 10:21 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Oscars have no impact on a composer's employability.

See: Steve Price

 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2018 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

Oscars have no impact on a composer's employability.

See: Steve Price


I don't think that's strictly true. Gravity is such a specific, almost non-musical type of score that it wasn't likely to get Price a job scoring a romance, or a comedy, or any of a lot of genres.

 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2018 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Sadly I am not familiar with many names on the list.

Mainly because they are scoring the type of films i generally avoid i e. Superheroes. ...Stat Wars ...etc.

 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2018 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

Very glad to see The Death of Stalin on the list--the score of the year if not the decade as far as I'm concerned. It'll probably be forgotten by the time they get to the actual nominations but I'm glad it was on someone's mind. Nice to see Ballad of Buster Scruggs there too.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2018 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   CCW1970   (Member)

One of the best things about Bettencourt's lists is I get reminded of many films I missed. It's a great way to add to my "films to see" list.
Thanks for these!

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2018 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

When I was active as a film music journalist, I would print out the complete Top forty...an invaluable resource.
Bruce

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2018 - 7:06 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

(your post is the first I've seen to suggest that "Ready Player One" was a box-office disappointment, by the way -- it came in pretty much where expected).


Bettencourt must be following the "Marshall" rule of the box office. A variety of budgets have been reported for the Steven Spielberg-directed film, though most seem to agree on $175 million in production costs before marketing.
Given that, READY PLAYER ONE was indeed a $137 million domestic box office disappointment. But it was a $445 million (additional) foreign box office hit.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2018 - 7:26 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

America First!

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2018 - 6:07 PM   
 By:   townerbarry   (Member)

John Williams has Won 3 Emmys..

Heidi

Jane Eyre

Great Performances

 
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