Grammy nods for ‘Basterds,’ Giacchino… and Steve Martin

Posted by · 6:34 am · December 3rd, 2009

UpI’m always interested to see what cinematic musical achievements the Grammy Awards single out for recognition each year, largely because their pop sensibilities are so different (and their eligibility criteria so much looser) from those of the Oscars that they may as well exist on different planets.

Last year, for example, they selected “The Dark Knight” as the year’s best score, though it didn’t manage a nomination from the Academy. A similar shaming shows up this year, as the Grammys show the respect for Bruce Springsteen’s “The Wrestler” theme that the Academy’s music branch did not.

An earlier cut-off date means a few late-2008 titles show up here, including “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Milk,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Cadillac Records” — a song from the latter counting for one of Beyonce’s field-leading 10 nominations, incidentally. (I won’t even say anything about the non film-related categories.)

In terms of the 2009 slate, the most interesting thing to note here is a pair of Best Score nominations for Michael Giacchino, cited for both “Up” and “Star Trek.” It’s a double-dip that I think could well be repeated on Oscar nomination morning. (Thanks to commenter Mr F for pointing out that Giacchino actually received four Grammy nods overall, with “Up” also mentioned for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement.)

Other than that, the score for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” also makes the cut, while¬† “Inglourious Basterds” (obviously ineligible for any Oscar music categories) shows up for Best Soundtrack.

On a more eccentric note, congrats to Oscar host Steve Martin, who landed a nomination for Best Bluegrass Album — perhaps that will encourage him to bring the banjo on stage come March 7.

Film-related nominations below.

Best Score Soundtrack Album
Alexandre Desplat, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Nicholas Hooper, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
Danny Elfman, “Milk”
Michael Giacchino, “Star Trek”
Michael Giacchino, “Up”

Best Song Written for Film, TV or Other Visual Media
“The Climb” from “Hannah Montana: The Movie”
“Decode” from “Twilight”
“Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire”
“Once in a Lifetime” from “Cadillac Records”
“The Wrestler” from “The Wrestler”

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album
“Cadillac Records”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“True Blood”

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  • 1 12-03-2009 at 6:43 am

    Mr. F said...

    I’m happy for Giacchino, despite the fact that the Grammys have become a joke these last few years. I guess it is also worth noting that Giacchino receive two additional noms for, best instrumental composition (for the Married Life track from Up) and for best instrumental arrangement (for the Up with End Credits track from Up).

  • 2 12-03-2009 at 6:57 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Ah, well spotted. Will add.

  • 3 12-03-2009 at 7:09 am

    Encore Entertainment said...

    Taking out the twilight and miley cyrus nods i believe the three tracks should have been the three nominated for best song by the oscars. and i wonder if that hp6 score will be loved at the oscars. it was good.

  • 4 12-03-2009 at 7:11 am

    Encore Entertainment said...

    By the way, Guy, the film Veronika Decides to Die. I just saw it here [I’m in Guyana]. Has it opened in the US? Have you seen it?

  • 5 12-03-2009 at 7:30 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I don’t believe it has — I think both the US and the UK are getting it next year. Is it any good?

  • 6 12-03-2009 at 7:33 am

    Christian said...

    I really hope both of Giacchino’s scores make the cut come time for the Oscar nominations, in particular Star Trek.

  • 7 12-03-2009 at 7:38 am

    red_wine said...

    I love Giacchino as well. I think Up will easily win Best Score and Best Instrumental composition here (Is Married Life the most beloved score track of the past few years or what?).

    And though The Dark Knight somehow won Best Score last year, kudos to them for nominating Slumdog in the correct category, Best Soundtrack. Slumdog actually belonged in the equivalent but now extinct ‘Song Score or Adaptation Score’ category but the Academy nominated it for Best Score for all of 10 minutes of score, the rest was songs.

  • 8 12-03-2009 at 8:31 am

    Jim T said...

    semi-off topic: I want Lady Gaga to write and perform a song for a Tim Burton movie.

    (I like to think that someone out there takes notice of my suggestions :p)

  • 9 12-03-2009 at 10:10 am

    Ryan said...

    Say what you want about the Oscars, I don’t think it could ever be as bad as the Grammys, nominations wise. I’m not talking about the ones listed above, but the main categories. Yikes.

  • 10 12-03-2009 at 10:38 am

    aspect ratio said...

    Speaking of Giacchino, I still have such an enormous grudge about his score for The Incredibles not being nominated for the Oscar. Still his finest work, certainly one of the finest of the decade and one of the best ever for an animated film.

  • 11 12-03-2009 at 10:41 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    That’s no less than 4 Nods for Giacchino. Enormous. He’s just so good.

  • 12 12-03-2009 at 11:51 am

    Michael said...

    I am going to bounce off what Encore Entertainment said at state for the record that Veronika Decides to Die was a very pleasant film, but not an award winning level film. It definitely deserves to be seen in theaters, and speaking of music it actually has an incredibly beautiful score and it also uses songs from some of my favorite artists like Radiohead and Goldfrapp. I am really pulling for the film to get distribution next year b/c it definitely deserves it.

  • 13 12-03-2009 at 11:55 am

    Michael said...

    and about the Grammys – like everyone else has said their choices are completely wack. I like their soundtrack nominees usually, but the only other category that the Grammys have consistently done right imho is the Best Alternative Album category – those nominees are usually the best albums of the year (and this year is no exception).

  • 14 12-03-2009 at 7:35 pm

    Encore Entertainment said...

    Guy: I see Michael beat me to it. It won’t win any awards, but it’s very pleasant. Actually, who knows if its a success Michelle Gellar was very competent and I could see the Indies recognising her. And with a bit part Melissa Leo is quite good.

  • 15 12-04-2009 at 4:44 am

    Erik said...

    So oscar usually pick pretty decent film categories, but tends to screw up in music, and grammys pick generally terrible music nominees, but do pretty well in the film categories. Is there some way they could trade their movie soundtrack selection panels or whatever?