Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Best Original Score Nominees 2011

I ran across something on the AMPAS website that I don't think I've seen in years' past— the list of eligible movies in the Best Original Score category.  Knowing that the Academy generally goes with the tried-and-true in this category I thought: let me see if, in one pass, I can correctly predict the five nominees.  I did it in two passes, actually: took the 97 eligible down to 29, then picked 5.  I wonder how close I'll get:

(Although I didn't pick Clint Eastwood's score for J. Edgar, I hope he gets it, as I remember thinking it was his best in years. My alternate below would be Water for Elephants.)

UPDATE: OK, since Kim Novak has publicly condemned the use of VERTIGO music in THE ARTIST, I think it's Oscar chances are shot for original score (it needed only to be 80% original and therefore made the cut for consideration).  I have to admit the use of the VERTIGO music was the ONE thing I didn't much like: I too, like so many others perhaps gave it a "pass" as music used for silent films were frequently known tunes.  The biggest issue for me was how much they used it [at the end]).  Therefore I'm gonna go with WATER FOR ELEPHANTS and take out The Artist (although who knows how many ballots are already in...)

"The Adjustment Bureau," Thomas Newman, composer
"The Adventures of Tintin," John Williams, composer
"African Cats," Nicholas Hooper, composer
"Albert Nobbs," Brian Byrne, composer
"The Artist," Ludovic Bource, composer
"Captain America: The First Avenger," Alan Silvestri, composer
"The Conspirator," Mark Isham, composer
"Contagion," Cliff Martinez, composer
"Coriolanus," Ilan Eshkeri, composer
"The Debt," Thomas Newman, composer
"Dolphin Tale," Mark Isham, composer
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," Alexandre Desplat, composer
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, composers
"Hanna," Tom Rowlands, composer
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," Alexandre Desplat, composer
• "The Help," Thomas Newman, composer
• "Hugo," Howard Shore, composer
• "The Ides of March," Alexandre Desplat, composer
"In the Land of Blood and Honey," Gabriel Yared, composer
"The Iron Lady," Thomas Newman, composer
"J. Edgar," Clint Eastwood, composer
"Moneyball," Mychael Danna, composer
"One Day," Rachel Portman, composer
"Rio," John Powell, composer
"Super 8," Michael Giacchino, composer
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Alberto Iglesias, composer
"W.E.," Abel Korzeniowski, composer
• "War Horse," John Williams, composer
• "Water for Elephants," James Newton Howard, composer

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