POLL: Who deserves it? — BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Posted by · 10:08 am · February 3rd, 2009

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  • 1 2-03-2009 at 10:48 am

    Jamieson said...

    Desplat!!!

  • 2 2-03-2009 at 10:51 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Neck and neck race at this point.

  • 3 2-03-2009 at 10:58 am

    /3rtfu11 said...

    Elfman

  • 4 2-03-2009 at 11:15 am

    Matt said...

    WALL-E, by far. I don’t remember any song from Benjamin Button and only remember Jai Ho from Slumdog. You can’t compete with tracks like Define Dancing and 2815 AD.

  • 5 2-03-2009 at 12:01 pm

    mike said...

    Ben Button

  • 6 2-03-2009 at 12:04 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Tough one. A.R. Rahman’s score is the most memorable, but Alexandre Desplat’s is the most layered and interesting.

    …I’m gonna have to go with Rahman. Unlike Desplat, this will probably be his only chance to win one and I absolutely despised The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

  • 7 2-03-2009 at 2:25 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    WALL-E
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Milk
    Slumdog Millionaire
    Defiance

    In that order.

  • 8 2-03-2009 at 2:33 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Desplat. for his career too.

  • 9 2-03-2009 at 3:32 pm

    Mike V. said...

    This is pathetic. Slumdog Millionaire winning best socre? It’s not even one! It’s a soundtrack! I hope Milk’s score wins. If not, there is no justice in the world.

  • 10 2-03-2009 at 3:54 pm

    Chad said...

    Can someone describe the layers of Desplat’s score please?

  • 11 2-03-2009 at 3:59 pm

    JP said...

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Newman win an Oscar (always a bridesmaid, never a bride). His score is quite lovely (as always). Although Desplat’s is very nuanced and gorgeous. I’d say that as fun as Slumdog’s music is, it is hardly the best “score” of the year. There are some awesome songs in it though.

  • 12 2-03-2009 at 5:18 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Alexandre Desplat, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Magical, melancholic lyricism as conveyed through a breathtakingly beautiful music box of a score. Works alongside the film magnificently.

  • 13 2-03-2009 at 6:04 pm

    red_wine said...

    Slumdog’s score does not even classify as a score. I agree, its truly more like a soundtrack. It is all songs, very little music as such.

    Would it be fair to nominate The Graduate or McCabe & Mrs. Miller for best score?

    I would vote for Wall-E, as the music was very important, upfront & I still remember it.

    Button is technically interesting but plays better on album rather than in the movie, in the movie it did not really make much of an impact.

  • 14 2-03-2009 at 7:18 pm

    Leone said...

    This is a totally hard category. Nominees like James Newton Howard and Thomas Newman have been nominated a bunch but never won… but if just considering the music….

    Benjamin Button — it’s lyrical, magical, emotional — just like the film —

    OR

    Defiance — The violin – laden score was perfect for the film, a very classical, grand score with those violin solos by Joshua Bell who contributed to the score for THE RED VIOLIN are pretty impressive.

  • 15 2-03-2009 at 8:07 pm

    Hannah said...

    Slumdog Millionaire..

    Because

    a) Its unconventional
    b) Its totally different from every other nominee
    c) Its pathbreaking
    d) It serves the movie more efficiently that any other nominee
    e) Its written

  • 16 2-03-2009 at 8:36 pm

    KB said...

    1. Milk
    2. Benjamin Button
    3. Slumdog Millionaire
    4. Wall-E
    5. Defiance

    I think that Desplat will win, though.

  • 17 2-04-2009 at 2:34 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Problem with Slumdog, no matter how great the soundtrack may be, I was having a hard time distinguishing actual score from all the songs. Perhaps that’s the style of Rahman but I’d need to get one of those score promo’s off the net in order to really understand what was score and what was song.

  • 18 2-04-2009 at 3:33 am

    Ross said...

    To me Alexandre Desplat is the one who should win. His compositions for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button were incredibly rich and touching.

    About Rahman – I can’t consider his compositions really original, since they’re in a style, which is popular in some countries. So no! It’s rather trivial to me!

    To me the SHOULD WIN is up to WALL-E/Benjamin Button. I’d say Button.

  • 19 2-04-2009 at 1:33 pm

    Matt said...

    WALL-E, easily. I loved Benjamin Button and even I don’t remember a single note from its score. WALL-e, however, has stuck with me.

  • 20 2-04-2009 at 6:26 pm

    Joel said...

    Slumdog had the most innovative score (i.e. using the theme from “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” to build tension), so I went with it. Curious Case’s was beautiful, and WALL-E’s was brilliant, but I must go with my heart, which screams Slumdog.

  • 21 2-04-2009 at 9:46 pm

    Glenn said...

    Jonathan, isn’t the music for original songs classified as part of the original score. How else would all the Alan Menkin nominations happen. And I remember Bjork winning a lot of original score prizes for “Dancer in the Dark” despite being very song-heavy.

  • 22 2-04-2009 at 10:04 pm

    Speaking English said...

    If that were the case, couldn’t “Into the Wild” or “Once” theoretically get into *Best Original Score*?

    I don’t see that as being true. A movie’s score is the instrumental parts… not the songs. That’s a soundtrack.

  • 23 2-05-2009 at 12:43 pm

    Ash said...

    It’s true that Slumdog has a lot of songs… and that many of its music pieces would not qualify as score. But there is some great music score, and even though it’s not as abundant as the score in WALL-E… it’s the most innovative, creative, and movie enriching music this year.

  • 24 2-05-2009 at 11:12 pm

    dj said...

    Wall-E by far, Slumdog was good, but the score didn’t constitute such a commanding part of the movie as in Wall-E. Wall-E’s was just so much more innovative and intriguing. CCBB was also very good but nothing very memorable.