"Thomas Newman on His 14 Oscar Losses, and His Best Shot to Finally Win"

I wish him the best of luck tonight. 15th nomination?! If ever there was call for a "lifetime achievement" Oscar, he's it

I know only a small fraction of his work, but what I've heard I really like. Examples are the very distinctive main title from The Player, the closing of Shawshank Redemption, and virtually all of the soundtrack of Scent of a Woman.


"An Ode to ‘Ford v Ferrari’ and Dad Cinema"

This piece introduced--at least to me--the category of "Dad movies". It's a pretty good fit to my taste:

Timeless examples include James Bond films (especially the Sean Connery era); Indiana JonesThe GodfatherRockyDie HardGoodfellasThe Good, the Bad, and the UglySaving Private RyanUnforgivenThe MartianPredatorAir Force OneThe FugitiveHigh NoonApollo 13Master and Commander: The Far Side of the WorldSpace Cowboys; and Heat

(Other notable examples: Red, The Right Stuff, and The Fast and Furious.)