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 Posted:   Aug 31, 2022 - 8:01 PM   
 By:   Zooba   (Member)

The year was 1979 at the Oscars honoring the films of 1978.

Starting at 4:48 Alan Ferguson conducts a Nominated for Best Score Medley/Overture including John Williams' SUPERMAN THE MOVIE, Dave Grusin's HEAVEN CAN WAIT, Giorgio Moroder's MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, Ennio Morricone's DAYS OF HEAVEN and Jerry Goldsmith's THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL. In my opinion one of the Best Overture/Medleys giving each Film and Theme a well deserved amount of time to enjoy. There was a time when the Oscars actually "gave a crap" back in the day or at least seemed to. Always wondered why there was what looked like a Second conductor standing at the center of the above stage apart from Alan Ferguson who was on the lower stage. Who is that guy just standing there? He didn't seem to be doing anything, least of all conducting a choir which there was none. You can see him best when Moroder's MIDNIGHT EXPRESS starts to play at 6:23. Was he conducting the upper midsection of the Orchestra? Perhaps it was Bill Conti and Ferguson only conducted the Overture as a special bit?


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