Friday, February 6, 2009

"One Category at a Time" - Best Original Score

Of all the categories this year, I think this one is the best. You'll recall that last year was a banner year for cinematography. To similar effect, this has been a particularly strong year for film scores.

I would be pleased to see any of these nominees win. Danny Elfman's tunes for Milk were subtle yet incredibly effective, Thomas Newman churned out yet another creative and memorable score for WALL-E, A.R. Rahman shook things up with his thumping soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire, and James Newton Howard's music for Defiance (although I would have nominated him and Hans Zimmer for The Dark Knight) was simply gorgeous.

However, while these four composers (and several non-nominees) all produced exceptional work this year, my vote goes to Alexander Desplat. His score for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is layered, thematically evocative, and just plain beautiful.

I predict Ruhman will take it, but make no mistake: this award belongs to Desplat.

Will win: Slumdog Millionaire
Should win: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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