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Whether it’s original film soundtracks or classical music put to powerful effect on the big screen, Classic FM invites you on a weekly journey through the finest film scores, every Saturday at 5pm with Andrew Collins.
Each week, we showcase a selection of film soundtracks, from the latest releases by the likes of Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman or John Williams to historic scores by Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams and Korngold.
Every few months we’ll broadcast a video game music special, too, making us pretty much the only radio station in the UK that regularly plays this popular genre.
With the awards season in full flow, Andrew Collins presents the first of two special awards trivia shows, looking at the big winners, losers and surprises over the decades.
Who was the first woman to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards? Who was the first actress to receive twenty nominations for acting? And which film composers have received Oscar nominations over the longest span of time – six decades to be precise?
Expect two hours of fun facts and great film scores from the 1930s to the present day, including Toy Story, Gone With the Wind and Ben-Hur.
Saturday 24th February
Ahead of the Academy Awards next weekend, Andrew Collins offers a wealth of Oscars trivia and tonight, he takes a look at the big winners, losers and surprises since the ceremony began.
John Williams has 51 nominations to his name – but which film did he win his first Oscar for, and who is the most-nominated individual in the history of the Awards? There are several directors on the current Best Director shortlist who are nominated for their debut feature, including Jordan Peele (Get Out) and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), but who is the most recent debut director to pick up the award, and in what year?
Put on your red carpet finery and get ready for two hours of fun facts and great film scores from the 1930s to present day, including Dances With Wolves, Mutiny on the Bounty and The Godfather.
Saturday 3rd March
The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and Andrew Collins will ensure we’re red carpet ready with two hours of music from the main contenders.
Tonight’s special Oscars programme will include all five nominees in the Best Original Score category: Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer), Phantom Thread (Jonny Greenwood), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (John Williams), The Shape of Water(Alexandre Desplat) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Carter Burwell).
Saturday 10th March
Voting in the Classic FM Hall of Fame, the world’s biggest annual poll of classical music tastes, closes this weekend. Tonight, Andrew Collins is rallying the last-minute voters with classical music that has been used to great effect on the silver screen.
From the definitive appearance of Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss in Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, to more recent films including Manchester By The Sea, The Death of Stalin and Bridge of Spies which used familiar pieces by Albinoni, Mozart and Shostakovich respectively, in key scenes, this should help you choose your three favourite classical works. Voting is open at ClassicFM.com