Well, Philip Glass may never win an Oscar, but neither have some of my favorite film composers. A.R. Rahman won last night for his score to Slumdog Millionaire. In fairness to him, I haven't seen the film. Musically however, listening to the score alone, I don't find much interesting about it.
Composers like Thomas Newman and Danny Elfman have never won either. Ennio Morricone had to wait for a "Lifetime Achievement Award" because his scores were never "good enough to win"…awards are silly, but there has been a change in recent years which leans toward political correctness and not on a celebration of musical achievement. The idea that Gustavo Santoallala (Brokeback Mountain, Babel) has won two Oscars and now A.R. Rahman has won two…both having twice as many as composing giants Bernard Herrmann and Jerry Goldsmith is ridiculous. Alexandre Desplat deserved to win last night for his wonderful music to Benjamin Button.
The silver lining for Glass fans was during the introductory video for the documentary section, the underscore was Philip Glass' Metamorphosis No.2. If nothing else, perhaps it's a nod to Glass' cinematic contribution in the field of documentaries.
Glass and Book of Longing in Austin Texas