You all know that the nominations for the Oscars were released this morning. Here is the list for best original score:
- “Avatar” – James Horner
- “Fantastic Mr. Fox” – Alexandre Desplat
- “The Hurt Locker” – Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders
- “Sherlock Holmes” – Hans Zimmer
- “Up” – Michael Giacchino
This list didn’t really surprise me, I mean, this is the same Academy that actually awarded Santaolalla two years in a row. I was a little surprised by the appearance of Sherlock Holmes (maybe its a makeup nomination for giving him and JNH the shaft for Dark Knight).
The only movie on this list I haven’t seen is Fantastic Mr. Fox, also, I hadn’t heard this either, but I had to since it was on this list. After listening to it, I like it. It’s a bluegrass and classical instrument infusion… a little Giacchinoish.
Speaking of Giacchino, he seems to be the shoe-in because of Up’s popularity, and the awards it has already garnered.
Avatar may play spoiler with its current explosion of exposure.
And as for the Hurt Locker, to me, the music on this score seems to be stereotypical Oscar fodder.
So here are my picks. Keep in mind that although I like Up, I prefer Giacchino’s scores to both Star Trek and Land of the Lost (which funnily enough is up for a razzies award). Because of this:
- Sherlock Holmes
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- The Hurt Locker
And here are the scores I think deserve noms:
- Astroboy – John Ottman
- Knowing – Marco Beltrami
- Moon – Clint Mansell
- Star Trek – Michael Giacchino
This list would put Sherlock Holmes in 4th place right before Moon.
Other honerable mentions for nom consideration:
- Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince – Nicholas Hooper
- Terminator Salvation – Danny Elfman
So that’s my opinion. What’s yours?