THE CONTENDERS: Best Music (Original Score)

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9/19 Thoughts: I was a big fan of Nico Muhly’s score for “The Reader” (and that’s about where the praise on that one stops for me), so I’ll be interested to see what he contributes to Stephen Daldry’s latest film. I should say, though, that while Mychael Danna’s work in “Moneyball” is incredibly minimalistic (and minimal), it’s a beautiful handful of themes.

Good bets:
1. “War Horse” (John Williams)
2. “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” (John Williams)
3. “The Artist” (Ludovic Bource)

Other possibilities:
4. “The Ides of March” (Alexandre Desplat)
5. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” (Alberto Iglesias)
6. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (Nico Muhly)
4. “Rango” (Hans Zimmer)
8. “The Help” (Thomas Newman)
9. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross)
10. “Moneyball” (Mychael Danna)

Dark horses:
11. “We Bought a Zoo” (Jónsi)
12. “A Better Life” (Alexandre Desplat)
13. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (Hans Zimmer)
14. “Hugo” (Howard Shore)
15. “Super 8” (Michael Giacchino)

The rest of the field:
“Captain America: The First Avenger” (Alan Silvestri)
“Contagion” (Cliff Martinez)
“Coriolanus” (Ilan Eshkeri)
“Cowboys & Aliens” (Harry Gregson-Williams)
“A Dangerous Method” (Howard Shore)
“The Flowers of War” (Qigang Chen)
“Green Lantern” (James Newton Howard)
“Happy Feet 2” (John Powell)
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (Alexandre Desplat)
“J. Edgar” (unknown)
“Jane Eyre” (Dario Marianelli)
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (Michael Giacchino)
“One Day” (Rachel Portman)
“Salmon Fishing on the Yemen” (Dario Marianelli)
“The Skin I Live In” (Alberto Iglesias)
“Thor” (Patrick Doyle)
“The Tree of Life” (Alexandre Desplat)
“W.E” (Abel Korzeniowski, William Orbit)
“Warrior” (Mark Isham)
“Water for Elephants” (James Newton Howard)
“We Need to Talk About Kevin” (Jonny Greenwood)