Classical KUSC Oscar Coverage


Oscar fever has hit Arts Alive now that the countdown to the awards ceremony has begun. Over the past year we've spoken with a number of the 2013 nominees, and you can listen to those conversations below. Be sure to tune in to Arts Alive on Saturday, February 25th at 8 a.m. when we'll talk to film music expert Jon Burlingame and pay a visit to an exhibit featuring the nominated costumes.


Oscar Blog

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Oscar Interviews

Jim Svejda talks with Best Score Oscar Nominee Dario Marianelli

Dario Marianelli has culled the Oscar spirits yet again in his latest film, an adaptation of the beloved Russian novel Anna Karenina. Quotes of Tchaikovsky abound, as well does Marianelli's piecemeal delivery system to director & emotional musical critic, Joe Wright.

Note: Due to copyright restrictions, music has been edited out of this program.

Jim Svejda talks with Best Score Oscar Nominee Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat has returned to Jim Svejda's studio to discuss his Oscar Nominated score to Argo. In this discussion, Desplat talks about finding the musical drama in the Iranian Revolution which lies beneath the violence. In addition, discussion of the most famous snub of this year's Oscars (Ben Affleck's direction) is indeed brought up.

Note: Due to copyright restrictions, music has been edited out of this program.

Benh Zeitlin talks about Beasts of the Southern Wild

The creative, almost mythological story of a community devastated by a storm won early critical praise and is up for several awards, including best director, best actress, best adapted screenplay, and best film. When KUSC's Gail Eichenthal sat down with the young filmmaker, he spoke about the benefits of casting non-actors, and about how the screenplay evolved from a play.

Oscar predictions

Gail Eichenthal sits down with our resident film pundits: LA Times critic Kenneth Turan and entertainment writer Anne Thompson, to talk about their Oscar predictions.

Jim Svejda sits down with composer John Williams

Five-time Oscar-winner John Williams is up for his sixth statue this year for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. In this interview Williams talks about  his decision to use "quiet, chamber-like" music to accompany the dialog-heavy film.

Nikolaj Arcel on A Royal Affair

A colorful chapter of Danish history inspired Nikolaj Arcel's US debut, which is up for Best Foreign Language film. When Arcel sat down with KUSC contributing reporter Elaine Dutka, he shared how the film would bring a Danish scandal to a wider audience, and how his filmmaking is influenced by classic Hollywood.

Jim Svejda talks with film composer Thomas Newman

Thomas Newman returned to the KUSC studios to discuss three of his recent scores, including Skyfall, the first James Bond film to earn over $1 billion dollars, and garner an Oscar nomination for Newman.

Jim Svejda with Mychael Danna

When Jim Svejda brought composer Mychael Danna in to the studio to discuss his nominated score for Life of Pi, Danna shared his view of the "very Canadian" novel by Yann Martel, and how he initially dreaded seeing the story adapted for film.
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