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Los Angeles, US, April 19,2021(Lusa)- Portuguese clarinettist Virgínia Figueiredo, who lives in Los Angeles, is among the artists who recorded music for the film 'Minari', which has been nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Soundtrack in this year's Academy Awards.
The nomination was "completely unexpected", Figueiredo told Lusa, noting that "it will be good for everyone if the film wins" at the ceremony to be held in Los Angeles on 25 April.
If it does, the Oscar statuette will be given to the composer Emile Mosseri, who wrote the soundtrack for 'Minari' and who, at 35, is competing for the award with several industry heavyweights.
"It's not every day that you get to play on a soundtrack and that soundtrack is nominated for the Oscars," the Portuguese musician stressed. "Mainly because the composer of this soundtrack is relatively new, young, and these nominations usually happen more for great composers like John Williams, Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard."
The other nominees in the category are Newton Howard, for the soundtrack of 'News of the World' - his ninth nomination - Terence Blanchard, for 'Da 5 Bloods', and a surprising double nomination for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who could win for their 'Mank' soundtrack or for the one they produced for 'Soul', in the latter case together with Jon Batiste.
The biggest name on the list is undoubtedly that of Newton Howard, whose CV includes the soundtracks of films such as 'The Prince of Tides', 'Pretty Woman', 'Batman Begins' and 'Hunger Games'.
The nomination for 'Minari' surprised the team, precisely because of the fierce competition thi syear.
"It's hard to compete with big productions costing millions of dollars," noted Figueiredo. "This is a much smaller production .... but the music is fantastic, he is really a very good composer."
This is the first nomination for Mosseri and one of six Oscar nominations for 'Minari', a film directed by Lee Isaac Chung about a Korean immigrant family in search of the American dream.
"It's a film that, at the end of the day, is not a huge Hollywood production," pointed out Figueiredo. "It's not like 'The Avengers.' It's a much smaller film [so] it's interesting that it was nominated."
The artist, who has a PhD in clarinet, recorded her performance for the soundtrack in a small studio in Los Angeles.
According to Figueiredo, it is customary for composers to hire orchestras to record violins, cellos and more strings in other parts of the world, and then record the wind instruments on an individual level in Los Angeles.
"That's what happened in this case," she recalled. "When I went to record, the strings part had already been recorded by the orchestra, in Prague, and I was listening and playing with the orchestra."
She said that she would pay "a little bit more attention" to the Oscars ceremony than she usually does and that anything can happen, even if a win is unlikely.
"It's going to be a little bit difficult, but you never know," she said, noting that 'Minari' has already won several awards this year, from the Golden Globes to the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and BAFTA awards.
In terms of other projects, the clarinettist explained that the city of Los Angeles has been at a standstill when it comes to concerts, and that it is only now that the first plans to start up again are being made, with various restrictions.
The artist has been making recordings at home, and recently featured on the soundtrack to a new Netflix horror series that is due to premiere in the fall.
"Right now, most of the recording that's happening is people recording at home," she explained. "There are fewer productions and studios aren't allowed to bring musicians into the studio: there are major restrictions."
From her base in Los Angeles, Figueiredo teaches clarinet at several colleges in the region.

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Date : 2021-04-20 09:30:00







 

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