Academy Award Nominations were announced this week honoring the best achievements in motion pictures in 2018—including the Original Score and Original Song categories. For the list of music-related nominations, click here.

Announced this week were new composer assignments for James Newton Howard (Jungle Cruise), John Powell (Call of the Wild) and David Buckley (Angel Has Fallen), among many others. For the full list of composer and music supervisor assignments from this week, click here.

Over 45 soundtrack albums were released this week. Click here for the full schedule.

Opening in theaters nationwide this week are (with music by): The Kid Who Would Be King (Electric Wave Bureau) and Serenity (Benjamin Wallfisch). Expanding nationwide from its limited release in December is Stan & Ollie (Rolfe Kent).

We are tracking song credits for the following new theatrical releases:
-Serenity (11 songs)

The following composers are celebrating their birthdays within the next week:
- Mike Patton (The Place Beyond the Pines, Crank: High Voltage) is turning 51 on Sunday, January 27.
- David Robbins (Dead Men Walking, Bob Roberts) is turning 64 on Tuesday January 29.
- Steve Bartek (Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Novocaine) is turning 67 on Wednesday, January 30.
- Philip Glass (The Hours, Kundun) is turning 82 on Thursday, January 31
- Andrew Lockington (San Andreas, Journey to the Center of the Earth) is turning 45 on January 31.