Monday, April 4, 2022

'Summer of Soul,' 'Dune,' 'Soul,' Billie Eilish, and Bo Burnham all winners at the Oscars and Grammys for a late National Film Score Day

A belated happy National Film Score Day! I'm using the occasion to recognize the music winners at the Academy Awards and the visual media winners at last night's Grammy Awards, beginning with "Summer of Soul," my pick for best documentary of 2021. Watch QUESTLOVE, DAVID DINERSTEIN, ROBERT FYVOLENT & JOSEPH PATEL Win Best Music Film for Summer of Soul from the Recording Academy/GRAMMYS.

Watch Questlove, David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent & Joseph Patel's acceptance speech for Best Music Film for Summer of Soul.
Questlove made sure that his speech celebrated the musicians, as was appropriate for the Grammys.

For a more in-depth response, watch Variety's ‘Summer of Soul’ Best Documentary Feature Full Backstage Oscars Speech.

‘Summer of Soul’ documentarians on their love of music, how to know to hold on and not give up project, releasing on streaming after Sundance 2021, the importance of films that celebrate Black history, and what lineup they would want to see today.
Congratulations to Questlove, Dinerstein, Fyvolent, and especially Patel, who made the point that this film was a celebration of diversity in more ways than one!

Follow over the jump for the rest of the winners nominated at the Grammys and either the Oscars or the Emmys.

I noted yesterday that "Dune" won for Original Score at the Oscars. Watch DUNE Accepts the Oscar for Music (Original Score) from ABC now, Oscars later.

Watch Jason Momoa accept the Oscar for Music (Original Score) on behalf of Hans Zimmer for DUNE at Oscars 2022.
Since Zimmer couldn't accept in person, I'm sharing Gold Derby's interview, Hans Zimmer ('Dune' composer) built instruments from scratch to realize dream since 13 -years old.

Hans Zimmer ('Dune' composer) built instruments from scratch in order to realize 'the dream I had since I was a 13-year-old kid.' The Oscar winner tapped into his long standing love for the novel for a landscape to Denis Villeneuve’s big screen adaptation. Gold Derby's Sam Eckmann hosts this webchat.
Congratulations to Hans Zimmer for winning one of six Oscars for "Dune," more than any other movie. Again, I'll have more about those awards when the nominations for the Saturn Awards come out.

Speaking of the Saturn Awards, I expect to see both "Dune" and "Soul" nominated for their music, so I will have to make a choice. It will be even worse if the eligibility period includes "The Batman," which I hope will be nominated for Original Score at next year's Academy Awards.

Unfortunately, Zimmer couldn't defeat "Soul", last year's winner for Original Score at the Grammys. As I keep repeating, electorates matter and the music for a movie about music, among other things, may have been too much for a group of musicians to resist.

In addition to Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for "Soul," Batiste won Album of the Year for "We Are," Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song for "Cry," and Best Music Video for "Freedom." Since I am focusing on music for visual media (and vice versa), I'm embedding JON BATISTE Wins Best Music Video For "FREEDOM" | 2022 GRAMMYs Acceptance Speech from the Recording Academy/GRAMMYS.

Watch JON BATISTE's acceptance speech for Best Music Video for "FREEDOM" at the 2022 GRAMMYs.
Now the Grammy-winning video itself, Jon Batiste - FREEDOM.

As much as I enjoyed Olivia Rodrigo's "Good 4 U," that video scared me, while this video made me happy, so I'm glad it won. Rodrigo can take comfort in winning Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance for "drivers license, and Best Pop Vocal Album for "Sour." Congratulations to Rodrigo on her three Grammys and Batiste for his five Grammy wins!

Now for someone who reversed the order Batiste won his awards, Billie Eilish, who won the Grammy for "No Time to Die" last year and the Oscar for the song this year. Watch Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell Accept the Oscar for 'No Time To Die' from ABC now and the Oscars later.

Watch Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell's Oscar 2022 acceptance speech for Music (Original Song) for the song 'No Time To Die' from NO TIME TO DIE.
I really enjoyed the siblings' enthusiasm. For a slightly calmer reaction, watch Billie Eilish and Finneas, Winners for Best Original Song, Full Backstage Oscars Speech from Variety.

Billie Eilish and Finneas, winners for Best Original Song for 'No Time to Die,' on talking with Adele and Sam Smith before writing song and hoping Daniel Craig loved it.
Congratulations and thank you for continuing the tradition of great songs for James Bond movies!

That's it for the Oscars, where both of the predictions for music came through, although I expected both wins since the Golden Globes.

After bragging about my Oscar predictions, it's time to eat some crow about one of my predictions for the Grammys.
Good luck to Burnham on his two Grammy nominations for Best Song Written for Visual Media, which went to "All Eyes on Me" instead of "Comedy" — remember, electorates matter — and Best Music Film for "Inside." I don't think he'll win either, as he's contending with Emmy winner "Agatha All Along," Oscar nominee "Stand Up," and Oscar winner "Fight for You" in the first category and "American Utopia" and especially "Summer of Soul," which won six Critics Choice Documentary Awards and is my choice to win Documentary Feature at next year's Oscars. That's extremely tough competition.
I was right about the second prediction but wildly wrong about the first. I thought "Fight For You" would win. At least H.E.R. won Best Traditional R&B Performance for that song. Just the same, congratulations to Bo Burnham for the upset win! Now watch All Eyes On Me -- Bo Burnham (from "Inside" - album out now).

I should have taken this song more seriously.

I conclude with the winner for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, "The United States vs. Billie Holiday." Congratulations!

That's it for music in film and TV. Stay tuned for First Contact Day. Star Trek!

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