The Golden Globe nominations have been announced. As usual, there is scathing criticism that the awards are simply popularity contests based on who lobbies the tiny number of international journalists who decide the nominations. (Read Nikki Finke's op-ed here). For the record, the Globes shouldn't necessarily be seen as a predictor of Oscar nominations, as there are inevitably key differences. A couple of surprises stick out: the nomination of Johnny Depp twice in the same category for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy and the major nominations afforded the art house film The King's Speech, which arrived without much fan fare. Click here for full list of nominations and NY Times report on the controversies surrounding the awards broadcast.
Film Score Monthly have released Leonard Rosenman' score for the 1970 film A Man Called Horse on CD. The new release includes the complete vinyl soundtrack album that was issued in conjunction with the film, as well as bonus tracks and cues. Richard Harris starred as an Englishman captured by an Indian tribe. He manages to survive unspeakable rituals of torture and becomes a full-fledged brave in the tribe. For more click here
Acclaimed as one of the greatest documentaries of all time, director Claude Lanzmann's 1985 film Shoah is set for re-release in the United States. The crusty 85 year-old French director is pleased because he feels that, while his movie has remained in the public eye in Europe, it has virtually disappeared from sight in America. However, the outspoken director has used the occasion of the relssue of the 9 hour landmark movie that chronicles the Holocaust from the perspective of both victims and tormentors, to stir controversy about other similarly-themed movies. Most notably, Lanzmann takes aim at Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning Schindler's List, dismissing it as a sanitized look at Nazi atrocities that has a feel-good ending tacked on for audience consumption. To read the New York Times interview with Lanzmann, click here