The 2018 crop of Best Original Score nominees is mainly comprised of familiar faces to the Academy: Williams, Desplat, Zimmer, etc. That said, there’s one newcomer to the Oscar-nominee club that could shake things up in this category.
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is by no means quiet, but it is noticeably mute. In its introduction, Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), a young English soldier caught in the city of Dunkirk surrounded by the fast-burning German army, meanders the abandoned streets with other emaciated young soldiers. No one speaks. Sullenly they walk about, only to be gunned down by unseen Germans.
The first line of dialogue we hear is more of a yelp, as Tommy exclaims his allied status to a blockade of troops, scrambling to make it to Continue reading Dunkirk (2017) Movie Review
Scores are the under-appreciated backbone of tone in cinema. Composers control the emotional arcs of scenes. They reinforce important motifs. Music makes some films feel more full. A composer has to know what is at the heart of any script in order to properly do his/her job. The composers on these films understand this process. Let’s take a look at the nominees for Best Original Score.
Best Original Score
- The Grand Budapest Hotel — Alexandre Desplat
- The Imitation Game — Alexandre Desplat
- Interstellar — Hans Zimmer
- Mr. Turner — Gary Yershon
- The Theory of Everything — Johann Johannsson