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Angela Mitchell

Who Will Win the 'Best Score' Oscar?

By December 28, 2012

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Confession time: I love a great film score. As a songwriter and (mediocre) musician myself, I've always been fascinated by the way a great movie score could make a terrific film even better. I was always fascinated by the way the best film music intertwines itself into the film itself, becoming an inseparable and permanent part of our appreciation for it. Who can forget Maurice Jarre's majestic swell of lush strings across the dunes in Lawrence of Arabia? Or John Williams's relentless driving bassline for Jaws?

Now, for 2012, one hundred four scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are currently in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 85th Academy Awards, as announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

View the complete list of eligible scores here -- my bets for sure-thing nominees would include Howard Shore, Alexandre Desplat, John Williams, and perhaps James Newton Howard and Mychael Danna. I'd love to see more recognition given to composers who are still underappreciated -- like Christophe Beck, Patrick Doyle, Christopher Young, and Carter Burwell, but I don't think this is their year. Which film scores were your favorites in 2012?

PHOTO: Martin Freeman in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. New Line Cinema and MGM.

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