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“You Have to Need the Music”: Nicholas Britell, Kathryn Bostic and the Composer Roundtable

Nicholas Britell, Kathryn Bostic, Michael Abels, Hildur Gudnadóttir, Alberto Iglesias and Alexandre Desplat join the conversation on the biggest musical challenges they faced last year and why…

“We’re All Trying to Service the Story”: The Composer Roundtable

In the Hollywood Reporter's Composers Roundtable, six score masters— Terence Blanchard, Kris Bowers, Ludwig Göransson, Justin Hurwitz, Marc Shaiman, and Hans Zimmer — open up about long hours of…

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

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…

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

Hollywood's leading film scorers — Harry Gregson-Williams ('The Martian'), Daniel Pemberton ('Steve Jobs'), Johann Johannsson ('Sicario'), Michael Giacchino ('Inside Out') and Carter Burwell…

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

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…

Roundtable: 6 Composers on Dealing With Delusional Directors and ‘Fake Praise Rejection’

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…

THR’s Oscar Roundtable Season in 3 Minutes (Video)

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…

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

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

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

Danny Elfman jokingly compared the rush to hearing one's score to heroin, while Alexandre Desplat said "Star Wars" loomed large in his development.

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

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.

THR’s Composer Roundtable: 6 Movie Maestros on Severed Heads, Stubborn Directors and Feeling ‘Like Frankenstein’

The scorers of "Life of Pi," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Silver Linings Playbook" convene for a candid glimpse inside the creative process of bringing movies to life through music.

Awards Watch: Composers Roundtable

Six of the year's busiest composers weigh in on the importance of deadlines, going back to the creative well and the lost art of the theme.