For this year’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we recognize composers from these communities who have released film and television scores over the years. Are you a fan of Nathan Matthew David (Slice), Aska Matsumiya (37 Seconds, I’m Your Woman, Selah and The Spaces), Vivek Maddala (Asian Americans), Gingger Shankar (And She Could Be Next), Amritha Vaz (“Home“), or Wendy Wang (Man Up)? If these soundtracks below have slipped your radar, we’ve provided links and music players for you. Also, be sure to watch the associated films which span from drama to documentary to comedy.
Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai’s two-time Academy Award®-nominated The Grandmaster film is 10 years in the making, based loosely on the life of Ip Man, the man who trained another Martial Arts legend, Bruce Lee, the fundamentals of Wing Chun. Acclaimed composers Nathaniel Méchaly and Shigeru Umebayashi score the visually-stunning multi-period drama, considered a romantic film with satisfying, dynamic fight scenes inspired by classic Kung Fu films. The bold and sweeping music is the kind of score that was made for vinyl. The film and score swept the film awards in Asia. Preview the album below.
Take A Look Down Memory Lane From Nightcrawler To 10 More Film Scores And Soundtracks Released By Lakeshore Records!
Lakeshore Records congratulates all of the nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards! Over the years, we have released some of the finest movie soundtracks ever to be heard, and we are so proud of every album. In commemoration of this year’s event, we look back at 11 film scores and soundtracks we’ve released whose films have won Oscars® or received nominations. Which ones do you remember? Which ones do you want to own?
Nightcrawler (Composer: James Newton Howard) – Nomination: Best Original Screenplay, Dan Gilroy
The Grandmaster (Composers: Shigeru Umebayashi, Nathaniel Mechaly) – Nomination: Best Achievement in Cinematography, Philippe Le Sourd; Best Achievement in Costume Design, William Chang
The Hurt Locker (Composer: Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders) – Wins: Best Motion Picture of the Year: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro; Best Achievement in Directing: Kathryn Bigelow (Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director.); Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Mark Boal; Best Achievement in Film Editing: Bob Murawski, Chris Innis; Best Achievement in Sound Mixing: Paul N.J. Ottosson, Ray Beckett; Best Achievement in Sound Editing: Paul N.J. Ottosson; Nominated Oscar Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Jeremy Renner; Best Achievement in Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd;
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score: Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders
The Kids Are All Right(Various Artists) – Nominated: Best Motion Picture of the Year: Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, Celine Rattray; Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Annette Bening; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Ruffalo; Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
A Serious Man(Composer: Carter Burwell) – Nominated: Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Bright Star (Composer: Mark Bradshaw) – Nominated: Best Achievement in Costume Design: Janet Patterson
Tropic Thunder (Various Artists) – Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert Downey Jr.
In Bruges (Composer: Carter Burwell) – Nominated: Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Martin McDonagh
Into The Wild (Composer: Michael Brook) – Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Hal Holbrook; Best Achievement in Film Editing: Jay Cassidy
Little Miss Sunshine (Composers: Mychael Danna & DeVotchKa) – Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Alan Arkin; Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Michael Arndt
Wanted (Composer: Danny Elfman) – Nonimated: Best Achievement in Sound Mixing: Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño, Petr Forejt; Best Achievement in Sound Editing: Wylie Stateman
Watch Trailer On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPDErRzsl-0
See this year’s complete list of nominees for the 87th Oscars at Oscars.org.
The Grandmaster, the Academy Award-nominated film from acclaimed Director Wong Kar-wai, will release the film in 3D this October. “We now have the opportunity to show the film as it was always intended – searching for a brand new aesthetic or cinematic language in the 3D format.” The director is reportedly “100% present and hands on.” Read the full story at Variety.
In addition to its Academy Award noms, The Grandmaster swept the awards shows in Asia, including Composers Nathan Méchaly and Shigeru Umebayashi’s Best Score wins. Lakeshore Records released the soundtrack, featuring the award winning score. Read more about it: ‘The Grandmaster’ Composer Nathan Méchaly Sweeps Film Awards. The film, a biopic about Ip Man, the Kung Fu master who mentored Bruce Lee, received Oscar nominations in Cinematography and Costume Design.
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