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  1. Composer Roundtable: 6 Contenders on Film Music's Lack of Women, Working All-Nighters and How They'd Score the Election

    6:30 am 11/18/2016

    Lesley Barber ('Manchester by the Sea'), Nicholas Britell ('Moonlight'), John Debney ('The Jungle Book), Hauschka ('Lion'), Justin Hurwitz ('La La Land') and Hans Zimmer ('Hidden Figures') sat down for a discussion about their work process, the music that inspires them and why they never see their families (even working out of studios in their own homes!).Read more

  2. Hans Zimmer, Lesley Barber and More on Their Earliest Musical Memories | Composer Oscar Roundtable

    6:00 am 11/18/2016

    Nicholas Britell, John Debney, Hauschka and Justin Hurwitz also reveal what they consider to be the soundtrack to their lives in THR's annual roundtable discussion.Read more

  3. Composer Roundtable: 5 Music Masters Talk Anxiety, Demanding Directors and When No Sound Is Better

    9:55 am 11/20/2015

    Hollywood's leading film scorers — Harry Gregson-Williams ('The Martian'), Daniel Pemberton ('Steve Jobs'), Johann Johannsson ('Sicario'), Michael Giacchino ('Inside Out') and Carter Burwell ('Carol') — discuss the perils of talking to filmmakers and why ignoring meddling studio execs is a fantastic idea.Read more

  4. Johann Johannsson, Harry Gregson-Williams and more Join THR's Composer Oscar Roundtable - Composer Oscar Roundtable

    9:30 am 11/20/2015

    "'Vertigo' by Bernard Herrmann, one of the most amazing collaborations between a director and a composer ever. [Herrmann's scores] are the reason I got interested in film music."Read more

  5. Trent Reznor, Danny Elfman and Top Composers Reveal Insecurities, Power of Procrastination and the Real Story Behind 'Interstellar's' Controversial Sound Mix

    9:00 am 12/23/2014

    Five sleep-deprived film music maestros — including Marco Beltrami, John Powell and Hans Zimmer — open up about their biggest challenges, what happens when a director doesn't like their work and where they get their inspirationRead more

  6. Roundtable: 6 Composers on Dealing With Delusional Directors and 'Fake Praise Rejection'

    7:00 pm 12/16/2013

    Five veteran composers, along with one relative newcomer who recently graduated from music editor to potential Oscar contender, discuss their biggest challenges, whether they look at box-office numbers and how they'd handle getting fired (one word: "drugs").Read more

  7. THR's Oscar Roundtable Season in 3 Minutes (Video)

    4:07 pm 1/10/2013

    They came, they talked, they conquered: This highlight reel showcases snippets of the season's top talent as 24 of THR's roundtable participants walked away with at least one nomination Thursday morning from the Academy.Read more

  8. THR’s Composer Roundtable: Movie Maestros Reveal What They Listen To (Video)

    10:00 am 12/20/2012

    Danny Elfman said he's "screwed" if he doesn't end the day with Radiohead or other music that is the anthesis of what he’s working on.Read more

  9. THR’s Composer Roundtable: Film Scoring is Like a Drug (Video)

    10:00 am 12/20/2012

    Danny Elfman jokingly compared the rush to hearing one’s score to heroin, while Alexandre Desplat said “Star Wars” loomed large in his development.Read more

  10. THR's Composer Roundtable: Danny Elfman Reveals He Doesn't Like Working (Video)

    10:00 am 12/20/2012

    The "Frankenweenie" scorer says a deadline can "take away all your time" and "suck you up."Read more

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