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Oscar Eligibility?

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Oscar Eligibility?   Wednesday, November 27, 2002 (1:53 p.m.) 

I've been checking some of the Oscar Preview webistes, and not one even mentions AOTC as close to a nomination because (to quote one webmaster), "it relies heavily on previous work." I personally disagree, but I wanted to know your thoughts and, if anyone knows, if it is in fact eligible for an Oscar.

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Re: Oscar Eligibility?   Saturday, November 30, 2002 (9:47 p.m.) 

> I've been checking some of the Oscar Preview webistes, and not one even
> mentions AOTC as close to a nomination because (to quote one webmaster),
> "it relies heavily on previous work." I personally disagree, but
> I wanted to know your thoughts and, if anyone knows, if it is in fact
> eligible for an Oscar.

I don't know if it is eligible or not, but the argument that it relies heavily on previous works doesn't cut it. We all know that Williams has used his original material rather sparingly for Episode I and II...both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi used the original Star Wars music MUCH MUCH more, and they were both nominated for Oscars, though neither won. Both Indiana Jones sequels were nominated as well, I think.

But in either case, I personally don't think the score for Episode II is Oscar-quality. It's certainly good action music, but it doesn't have that beginning-to-end operatic feel to it of the original three.

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Oscar Eligibility?   Tuesday, December 3, 2002 (3:34 a.m.) 

I seriously believe this score should be nominated at least, if not win best score at the oscars. It's a beautiful sweeping and dramatic arrangement of music, and deserves nominations. If it doesn't then the judges are stupid...
Go John Williams and ATTACK OF THE CLONES, best score for 2002!!!!!

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Re: Oscar Eligibility?   Wednesday, January 15, 2003 (10:38 p.m.) 

> I've been checking some of the Oscar Preview webistes, and not one even
> mentions AOTC as close to a nomination because (to quote one webmaster),
> "it relies heavily on previous work." I personally disagree, but
> I wanted to know your thoughts and, if anyone knows, if it is in fact
> eligible for an Oscar.

The real reason AOTC is not going to be nominated is the closed-mindedness of the Academy. The Phantom Menace, too, didn't get nominated. Star Wars is old news to the Academy members - they've given the franchise 10 or so Oscars and that seems to be enough for them, regardless of quality. Most of them are probably old guys who harken back to the good old 70's and the original trilogy which is "light-years" beyond the new trilogy (and in terms of acting performances they are probably right). Episode II has no chance of nomination, much less an Oscar, even if it is undoubtedly the second best score of the year (second only to The Two Towers, of course).

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Re: Oscar Eligibility?   Thursday, May 1, 2003 (6:58 p.m.) 

> The real reason AOTC is not going to be nominated is the closed-mindedness
> of the Academy. The Phantom Menace, too, didn't get nominated. Star Wars
> is old news to the Academy members - they've given the franchise 10 or so
> Oscars and that seems to be enough for them, regardless of quality. Most
> of them are probably old guys who harken back to the good old 70's and the
> original trilogy which is "light-years" beyond the new trilogy
> (and in terms of acting performances they are probably right). Episode II
> has no chance of nomination, much less an Oscar, even if it is undoubtedly
> the second best score of the year (second only to The Two Towers, of
> course).
Are you high? The Two Towers better than AOTC? AOTC is much better in every way just as John Williams is a much better composer than Howard Shore, Shore didn't deserve the award last year, Horner did. I think AOTC is definetely second best score of the year but not to TTT its second to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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