BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
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Who Will Win?
With these scores, it seems for most of these films, the score shines the most at the end. The music is at its most powerful just before the film ends.
If it were up to me, the award would go to Interstellar. Working alongside Christopher Nolan, he has created memorable scores, including the SCREEEE whenever the Joker enters a scene or the baritone boom in Inception. Ever since Inception, Zimmer is seen too much for the baritone boom from the movie. But we shouldn’t forget he is capable of making emotional music in movies. This is especially true for the Lion King. He proves he still has the touch in Interstellar, Nolan’s most emotional film.
Throughout the film, Zimmer creates a feeling of wonder within this atmosphere. He still brings on the thrills from previous Nolan films, especially with the planets. But the highlights are when he brings the enchantment. In the scenes entering the black hole and especially the climax, Zimmer’s music comes very close to recapturing the feel of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Both The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything truly shine in the last scene. I haven’t seen Mr. Turner and probably won’t be able to until after the awards.
At first it was a hard choice. That was until I rewatched The Grand Budapest Hotel and then I realized this was the shoe in. Of all the scores, Alexander Desplat’s score in this film is the one most consistently good throughout the film. The whole film seems to be playing around with styles and Desplat is along for the ride. The chase between Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe is accompanied with a Zither bringing homage to The Third Man. The ski chase scene matches the Chaplin-esque feel of it. Most notable is at the climax to the film, the music goes all “Phantom of the Opera” during one close-up of Adrian Brody.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
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Who Will Win?
The headliner for this award is Glory by John Legend and Common. Though Everything is Awesome is the most popular, Glory is the one that won the most movie awards and it stands the highest chance of winning, if not as an apology for not nominating the film for any other category except this and Best Picture.
I hope there will be live performances of the songs just to see how they will perform Everything Is Awesome. Hopefully, there will be Lego people dancing alongside Tegan and Sara.