For the 2007 Cue Awards,
not only did we continue the process of rating each and every
nominee to determine the winner, but you, the visitor also had the
opportunity to do the same. Now the Cues Awards reflect
Tracksounds from both sides of the browser!
Now, when it comes to all of the awards of "award season,"
judging by the reactions of some, it's clear to me that sometimes we
forget that each award reflects the rules and tastes of the
presenters or those who have an official vote. Whether it is the
Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Screen Actors Guild, The
Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences, the International Film
Music Critics Association, or this site - the award represents the
tastes and opinions of the voters...which may not reflect the
tastes of those who "watch" to see who wins what.
As much as you or I may
disagree with the eventual winners of any particular award, that
disagreement, no matter how ardent, does not invalidate the award
at all. As spectators though, it is our right to whine and
moan about how we hated the nominees and despised the winner.
So if you are hating these winners, go on whine. It's your
right, but the award stands tall amidst all wailing. In the case of
the Cues, it certainly means more to us, the presenters, than it
does the recipients; however, I have to believe that our winners
are just loving all of the attention and new-found publicity they
have received as a result of winning their respective Cue! ;)
It is then fool-hearty, at best, for those not involved in the
award process to whine and moan at how the winners or even the
nominees are "incorrect" or "completely wrong." They are neither
wrong or incorrect in anyway shape or form - according to the
voters. Of course, we all love to cheer and love to boo - it is a
part of fandom. Still, it remains that organizations award to hand
out to whomever they please.
In the end, while some awards could "make" a recipient's career,
most are just a few minutes of interesting distraction:
something to talk about at the water-cooler, on a message board, or
a chat room. For those who seem to lose their grip because
they so strongly disagree with nominees or winners of such awards,
it would do you well to exert your energies elsewhere and simply
take these awards at face value and eek out some sort of enjoyment
in them or have good conversation about them.
Ok. Rant complete. Now, when it comes to this years awards....I have to say
that I was most shocked at the number of eventual winners that were
not my personal #1 choices. It's a little frustrating, but I find
the collective award process much more interesting.
AND NOW THE PURPLE DUST OF TWILIGHT TIME...
As much as I enjoyed the film and Ilan
Eshkeri's score, I was quite pleasantly surprised at the number of
STARDUST and it's composer received this year. The amount of buzz
around the film, score and composer was nothing grand in early
2007, but clearly there are others out there who also feel that
this was one of the better scores of 2007.
"I AM . . . RATATOUILLE"
I expected BEOWULF to do much better than it did. It was nominated
several times but came away with nothing. The biggest surprise
loss for Beowulf was the loss to RATATOUILLE in the Best Animated
Perhaps the most competitive category in 2007
was the BEST SCORE FOR VIDEO GAME. Just so happens that my
personal favorite, LAIR, did win, but I could have seen it easily
going to BIOSHOCK or HALO 3.
BAD OR WORSE?
It was a toss-up for me in the DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR category.
Had THE LAST MIMZY taken this prize home, I'd been completely fine
with it, but SPIDEY taking home the trophy did bring a strange
satisfaction to me...as that trilogy remains one of the most
over-rated of all time. It's hard to put all of the blame on
CHRISTOPHER YOUNG, as his talents are well-known, but he certainly
didn't have much of a film to work with - the worst of the three,
SOUNDS OK. LOOKS EVEN BETTER!
The 300 special edition cover was indeed nice...but in terms of
regular releases I thought SEA OF DREAMS was captivating...and one
the did not make the nomination list from early 2007, MISS POTTER,
was interesting as well.
QUANTITY OR VERSATILITY?
After analyzing the results, it became apparent that MICHAEL
GIACCHINO had done something never done before. He was
nominated in all three sub-genres: Film (Ratatouille), TV
(Lost), and Video Game (Medal of Honor: Airborne).
Something like this surely warrants this award, but alas I noticed
this too late and voted accordingly. Still, its nigh to
impossible to refute that JAMES NEWTON HOWARD doesn't deserve