Thursday, January 22, 2009

Academy Award Nominations

Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards were announced this morning. Here are the nominees for Best Original Score:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Alexandre Desplat

Defiance: James Newton Howard

Milk: Danny Elfman

Slumdog Millionaire: A.R. Rahman

WALL-E: Thomas Newman

Both Newman and Howard have been nominated multiple times, but "Slumdog Millionaire" has both critical and popular momentum. I've seen "Slumdog," and the music (both the songs and score) play a major part in the film. It just could win over voters. Still, don't count out the always inventive Danny Elfman. WALL-E's score is very good, certainly better than Newman's rather flat score for "Revolutionary Road," but many voters of the Music Branch of the Academy will still see the film as simply a "cartoon."

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